Hollywood-leende. Foto: Åsa Stöckel/Sveriges Radio
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"Friendly Week" calls for more than just smiling

"We feel sometimes too embarrassed to greet the neighbor."
5:41 min

If you noticed people were a little nicer to you today on your morning commute, or at work, or even in your neighborhood, it might be because today is the beginning of Friendly Week in Sweden, when people are challenged to go out of their way to be extra kind to each other. 

It's an initiative by Läkarmissionen, a Christian aid organization, and Friendly Week has a long history, dating back to 1946. 

Johan Lilja, the CEO of the organization, told Radio Sweden how he attempted to rise to the challenge of being extra friendly to his neighbor recently, and how the ordeal made his heart beat faster.

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