OPINION: Send our happy country vibes back to the cities

VISITORS of mine often comment how friendly everyone living on the Northern Rivers seems to be.

It's true, to a certain extent, that people living in rural areas have more time for a conversation, seem more connected to their community and friendly towards one another.

Perhaps it has something to do with being in a less densely populated area and naturally beautiful area that improves your mood.

After all, how many times on our narrow, twisty back roads do you pull over for someone coming in the opposite direction and get the steering wheel finger wave?

Try doing that in peak hour traffic in Brisbane.

The other outward example of this friendliness in the great outdoors is when you go a walk in a national park.

You pass a stranger going the other way on the path and say hello to one another.

Why is that?

This type of interaction just doesn't seem to occur as regularly in the city as you cross the lights on Pitt Street in Sydney or jostle for a train at Flinders St station in Melbourne.

It reminds me of that cute scene in Crocodile Dundee where Mick Dundee, played by Paul Hogan, takes a stroll on a busy street in Manhattan and says 'g'day' to everyone he passes, much to their surprise.

My point is - why wait until you are on holidays or away from home to be friendly?

If you let your guard down and open yourselves up, perhaps our city visitors can take a little bit of country back with them.

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