A smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles near both ends of the mouth. Among humans, it is an expression denoting pleasure, joy, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it is known as a grimace. Smiling is something that is understood by everyone despite culture, race, or religion; it is internationally known(souce: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Smile)
One morning I was going to work and as usual I was listening to my music with a very strict looking facial expression. I was sitting on the back seat and at one moment I was looking on my right side at a building on the road. A teen, who was at the other end of the seats saw me looking her way and she gave me a smile. I smiled back and then looked away.
In that little moment, I was rushed back to the days I was in college or at university. Back then it was so easy to smile to a complete stranger with whom you exchanged looks for a very brief moment. Where are the smiles now?
We Mauritians are very known for our smile among tourists. Well at least that was what I've learned during my studies or when I was younger. Some tourists whom I met did tell me that the first thing that they noticed upon arriving in Mauritius was the smile! A genuine one if I go by they way they were amazed.
So what happened? Is it me who changed? Am I the one who does not smile anymore? Or is it that we are so stressed and engrossed with our daily problems that we forgot the little smiles that I used to see whenever I crossed the look of a person?
Did it happen to you? Were you used to give a little smile to a stranger? Does it happen to you even today?
Since that day I try to give a smile to people I come across but I often get stares!!!!
Anyway, life is so short and we all have our own problems to face, whatever their nature but try to SMILE even if the person is a stranger....It does not cost anything to laugh. As mentioned in the quote, it only needs some flexing of the muscles at both ends of the mouth :) But to be noted that the smile should be genuine and a warm one! A smile that you really want to share with someone else. Who knows that may make the day of someone???