The power of a smile

Previous posts of mine have touched upon how Vancouver is perceived to be somewhat of a cold and not-so-friendly city, particularly by new immigrants or transplants from other provinces/cities/countries. I have found that one great way to re-energize myself is just to keep smiling at people…
- While I walk on Main Street listening to my iPod.
- While I am waiting for the bill in a restaurant, and when the waiter finally shows up to take my order.
- While I ride the bus.
- While I chat with my friends.
- While I listen to music all by my lonesome.
- While I play volleyball, even when my serve deserts me.
- While I wait for the bus, even in the rain.
- Even when the weather is horrible.

I smile at life and life smiles back at me. It’s such a small and simple gesture yet so many people refuse to change their facial expression. Frowning actually uses more muscles than smiling.

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Comments (0)

JenniferApril 14th, 2008 at 9:51 pm

Great post, Raul! There’s nothing like the power of the smile! :)

SarahApril 15th, 2008 at 10:21 am

I am one of those people who constantly complains that Vancouver is cold and unfriendly. My question is, do people smile back at you or do they look at you like you’re weird? I used to smile at random people but I found I wasn’t getting anything back so I stopped doing it.

RaulApril 15th, 2008 at 11:01 am

@ Jennifer – Thanks!

@ Sarah – I just hold on to the smile until they are convinced that it is genuine and then they smile back… :D Honest to God, it was an experiment. I was walking on Kingsway towards Broadway and I kept smiling at this woman who was frowning as she was walking towards me. I held on to my smile for a solid 45 seconds. When she saw that it was a genuine smile, then she smiled back. I’ve just kept using the same strategy. Usually I go from a smirk to a full fledged smile within 10 seconds and that usually pushes them to smile back :)

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