You’re not going to believe this, but smiling can be harmful to you. Well, I took that out of context a bit, but according to this study presented in the NYTimes, faking a smile may have unexpected consequences, mainly putting you in a bad mood! Now I have to tell you, this piece of scientific research is befuddling to say the least. For one, I remember being taught that one should greet their fellow with a pleasant face; i.e. a smile! One the other hand I recall having to smile even when I didn’t want to. Some of those occasions where innocuous, such as way too many pictures at some happy event, or worse, such as being in a situation that I was stuck in with no decent exit strategies, such as a bad date.
Regardless, I can attest that smiling insincerely doesn’t really work. That applies both on the giving end and the receiving end. To complicate matters further, once you’re married to someone and know their intricacies quite well it become almost pointless to fake a smile since your spouse can see right through-it, although generally this isn’t applicable, at least in my case. Hmmm… my wife is reading this post over my shoulder and smirking… :-/ Anyways, in the meantime when I choose not to smile, I will just walk around with my tongue sticking out (vis-à-vis: :-P ) I can’t imagine that will do any harm! ;-)
P.S. I hope this post made you smile! :-)