How many times you were asked to smile in front of the camera? And how many times you were asked to smile just like this?
Seeing a person who doesn’t smile can often trigger discomfort or fear and at the same time, a smile can appear through anxiety. Sometimes, when you say „come on, smile” this person will start crying. Another time, a smile can be the worst response to a situation and will cause anger. The saddest people can smile a lot and those very content with their life can rarely smile.
I’m one of these people who are nearly defined by the smile. My second name could be Monika Smile. Sometimes it can be a burden, but as well a very comfortable image. No matter what, a smile is a rich language and we should have in mind all the letters, rules and exceptions before any judgement. There are these expressions that we use kind of automatically and unreflected. „Smile!” is one of them.
I am writing in my shop that “I make your walls smile”, but if you are not a smiley type, I won’t force it 😉