Note to myself on Smiling
I do not know what it is, but I am not much of a smiler. I think it could be the Eastern European influence or some sort of subconscious drive to be overly serious. Maybe it is something more basic like facial muscle tension. Who knows. Fact is, when I smile at people, I really feel an immediate and profound change in behaviour on their part. It can be an astounding experience to exchange a smile for a smile, and sometimes this comes with real advantages in various life situations. It almost feels unfair how well this works, especially if you do not have solid history of actually smiling.