If there is a girl that smiles at you when you walk past her then you’re probably wondering why and what it might mean about the way that she feels about you.

This post will show you why she does it and why other girls might smile at you when you walk past them in the future.

So, why does a girl smile at me when I walk by? If she holds eye contact with you, smiles at you before you make eye contact with her and she shows other signs of attraction then it would be a sign that she is attracted to you. However, she might also do it because she is being friendly or because she thought that you were smiling at her.

Since there are a number of reasons why she might smile at you when you walk by it is important to consider the context of how she does it and the body language that she shows.

Why a girl will smile at you when you walk by

Each of the different reasons why a girl will smile at you when you walk by will likely come with a number of clues in the way that she does it and the body language that she shows.

Below, I will mention a number of reasons why a girl will smile at you when you walk by, the signs to look for and the things to consider.

She is attracted to you

The reason that she smiles at you when she walks past you could be that she is attracted to you.

This would be more likely if she smiles at you before you smile at her and if she holds eye contact with you for a prolonged period.

If she is attracted to you then she would likely show other signs of being attracted to you as well.

These signs could include doing things such as:

  • Having dilated pupils when looking at you
  • Brushing her hair to the side when she sees you
  • Playing with her hair while smiling at you
  • Adjusting her appearance when she sees you
  • Walking closer to you
  • Adjusting to a more upright posture when she sees you
  • Looking at you and giggling with her friends

She is being friendly

The reason that she smiles at you could be that she was just being friendly.

This would be more likely if you see her around regularly, she is friends with your friends, you smiled at her first or if you made eye contact with her first.

If she was being friendly then it would be likely that she would show positive body language towards you. However, it would be less likely that she would show the signs of attraction mentioned above such as brushing her hair to the side when she sees you or playing with her hair when smiling at you.

She is mirroring you

Sometimes, people will mirror the body language of the people around them when they are trying to fit in with a certain group of people.

If you both tend to hang out with the same people then and you have smiled at her in the past then she could be mirroring your own body language.

Mirroring can be a sign of attraction. If she was mirroring you because she was showing attraction to you then it would be likely that she would show other signs of attraction around you as well.

If she was mirroring you then she might do it in other ways as well be doing things such as:

  • Mirroring your hand gestures
  • Mirroring your facial gestures
  • Standing with the same stance as you
  • Smiling like you do

She thought that you smiled at her

The reason that she smiles at you could simply be that she thought that you smiled at her.

If you smile at her first or you make eye contact with her before she makes eye contact with you then it would be more likely that she smiles at you because she is being polite.

Consider when and where she does it

When trying to understand why she smiles at you when you walk past her it would be helpful to consider when and where it happens.

If you tend to walk past her in a more formal setting, such as at work then it would be more likely that she smiles at you to be polite. It could still be the case that she does it because she is attracted to you. It would be helpful to consider whether or not she smiles at other people as well. If she doesn’t then it would make it more likely that she does it because she is attracted to you.

If you tend to walk past her in a more social setting such as when walking between classes then it could be the case that she is either being friendly or she is showing attraction to you. It would help to consider if she does it to other people, if she smiles at you first and if she shows other signs of attraction.

Think about how she reacts to seeing you

When considering why she smiles at you when you walk past her it would be helpful to think about the way that she reacts to seeing you.

If she reacts to seeing you by changing her body language in a noticeable way then it would be more likely that she is attracted to you if she changes it positively.

This means that if she reacts to seeing you by doing things such as:

  • Brushing her hair to the side
  • Adjusting her appearance
  • Standing more upright
  • Positioning herself to be closer to you

Then it would be more likely that she smiles at you due to being attracted to you.

Think about how she interacts with others

Comparing the way that she interacts with you with how she interacts with others would also be useful.

If you notice that she also tends to smile at other people as well, when walking past them, then it would be more likely that she is just being friendly.

Whereas, if she only seems to smile at you, when walking past you, then it would be more likely that she does it because she has some attraction for you.

Look for multiple signs

When considering what her body language could be suggesting it would be helpful to consider multiple aspects of it at the same time.

She could show a single body language sign for a number of different reasons making it difficult to accurately understand the actual reason that she might be showing it.

Whereas, it would be more likely that she would be showing a cluster of body language signs that all suggest the same thing for that specific reason. So, it would be more reliable to draw conclusions based on seeing multiple body language signs.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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