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Tuesday, September 20, 2016

Smile



At times in my life, people have said that I was always smiling. Well maybe we should all SMILE more.

One time, when I was working for my friend in her craft booth with her and her husband, I was having to deal with some very annoying people. After thirty minutes of one woman and several others, my friend said, "I don't know how you can keep smiling through all of that. I would not have smiled at all. She was upsetting me. Weren't you upset?"  I told her, "She was  very annoyed with me, but I just thought if I kept smiling I would not be mean and maybe she would finally make up her mind." My friend kept remarking about the fact I smiled so much at annoying customers the rest of the day.

I was taking orders for baby bead bracelets and necklaces. Some people had to make calls or go through their purses to determine how to spell a grandchild's name. Some changed their minds, interrupted others, corrected me when I had the order correct, just were generally annoying. I took the orders and my friends made the jewelry. So, all the customer service was my job. Well, we did not want her husband dealing with people because he became agitated and short.

After reading the link it turns out maybe I should smile when I am alone and miserable with allergies. I do seek funny things on tv and do laugh out loud and smile at the TV.

Okay, maybe smiling all the time would set you up for a diagnosis of mental illness. But, that is not what I mean. Affect should be proper and in some cases, smiling is not the correct affect.

Later today, I go to have the left eye cataract removed. I hate this--up early and cannot eat!

Your turn
Does smiling make you feel better? Clear your sinuses?

10 comments:

  1. I know you will do well with your cataract surgery. Take care and heal quickly. And I guess I really should try to smile more. I know I like to see other people smiling.

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    1. tanaro, I cannot see, so can barely tell what I am typing.

      This was not a mandate for women to smile. We don'thave to smilke! This was just for our own feelings and mental health.

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  2. I, too, smile a lot whether alone or not. After reading a short article about a man in his 90s sitting alone in a library, waiting for his son/caretaker to find books for him, a young woman smiled at him and said hello. The man told his son it was the highlight of his day. Since then, both my husband and I have made a practice of smiling & saying hello to everyone who is alone at the time. We've always received a smile in return and sometimes a comment on how friendly/nice we are and occassionly "do I know you?". Frankly, it makes us feel good. And, it doesn't make any difference in age - old, young and even a couple of heavily tattooed biker guys who sometimes give us the biggest smiles.

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    1. Bellen,
      That was nice of you to smile at the elderly man, part of our world that does not receive enough positive attention. Oh, I would smile at a biker, since some are really nice people.

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  3. Smiling is good for all of us. To give and to receive.
    Good luck today.

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    1. EC,
      I agree. Home now and cannot see what I type.

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  4. I dont know about smiling, but laughing makes me feel great!

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    1. Anne,
      I have several friends who say they never laugh so much as when they are with me. Well, I think they are great fun, so it is just as much them as me. Some days, we laugh until we are sick.

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  5. What a wonderful blessing to laugh with friends! Smiles mean a lot to me and I make a conscious effort to smile as much as possable,especially at work. I seen to be afflicted with RBF and I don't want to give the wrong impressions. Smiles are powerful & contagious :)

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