Are People Really Like Garbage Trucks?

“Many people are like garbage trucks. They run around full of garbage, full of frustration, full of anger, and full of disappointment. As their garbage piles up, they look for a place to dump it. And if you let them, they’ll dump it on you. So when someone wants to dump on you, don’t take it personally. Just smile, wave, wish them well, and move on. Believe me. You’ll be happier.” –The Law of the Garbage Truck by David J. Pollay

Meir Kay explores Pollay's theory in this video adaptation:


Unfortunately, many people carry frustration with them everywhere they go, each and every day. Smiling, waving and wishing others well is a wonderful practice to avoid conflict with others. However, if you or someone you know is dealing with more than daily frustrations, it may be time to see a mental health professional. Search for funding opportunities with mental health grants listed on  

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The Law of the Garbage Truck :  How to Stop People from Dumping on You

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