Thursday, May 08, 2008


Faces are interesting, don't you think? My Brit friend Michelle once said, "A smile goes a LONG way." Very true!

These days I meet more and more people as I walk to and from the course from Mondays till Fridays. I see many faces as I walk. Remember that the firm that organizes my Finnish course rents a room from the place where my hubby works? Well, the other week I complained to hubby since one of his colleagues didn't smile back at me when I said, "hi" and when I smiled to him. He always has this serious look on his face that is borderline sour. I wonder why.

Some other colleagues of his, on the contrary, ALWAYS look like they're smiling. I bet you've also seen those type of faces, right?

Unfortunately I have no such smiling face, but I try to smile more and more, especially when I meet people that I know.

Now that I've observed many more faces, I realize more how true my Brit friend's words were. How come it seems it's so hard for some people to smile? I understand that sometimes when you're stressed out or depressed or you've just experienced some type of sorrow or heartbreak, then it is hard for you to smile, but if you meet some people over and over and over again, how come it is harder for some people to smile whereas it seems to be easier for others to smile?

Of course if someone hates me, then maybe that person doesn't want to smile at me. I understand that completely. But anyhow, as long as a smile is free, I'll make efforts to share more smiles with others.

Here, let me share some quotations on Smiles:

Smile. Have you ever noticed how easily puppies make human friends? Yet all they do is wag their tails and fall over. ~Walter Anderson, The Confidence Course, 1997

Everyone smiles in the same language. ~Author Unknown

I've never seen a smiling face that was not beautiful. ~Author Unknown

It takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. ~Author Unknown

A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever. None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it. Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile. Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile so much as he who has no more to give. ~Author Unknown


  1. Everyone smiles in the same language.

    This is my favorite one!!

    it is so true!! Oh Amel Bill and pam are finally together. He is back home in Texas.

    God has given e the best Mother's day present ever.

    Much love to you my friend,

  2. Hello Amel,

    I confess that I am not efusive; however I always have a smile on my face, cause I know that a simple smile can make others feel good :).

    You know what you can do about your husband' colleague? Keep smiling at him even if he doesn't retribute the smile (eventually he will come around).

    I am so happy for you, Amel; I am happy cause you are feeling more and more comfortable there and I bet that these past months helped you evolve even more :D!
    May God bless you, darling :D!


  3. I think people in the area where I live (southeast U.S.) smile a lot. I always smile at people when I see them.

  4. Yah, smiling is free. It's usually contagious too. :-)

  5. great post, Amel. You always makes me smile :D

    come see my blue sky today.

  6. Being nice and having a smile on your face can forgive a lot. You get a bigger error margin in a lot of different situations if you are pleasant towards others.

  7. Shinade: OHHHHH...that is BRILLIANT news, Jackie! I'm SO HAPPY for you!!! ;-D

    Max: Yes, THANKS for the reminder, Max. I'll try to smile at him whenever I see him. ;-D God bless you too, Buddy! ;-D

    Kathy: Ah...that's SO nice that people smile a lot mmmm...

    Blur Ting: Yup, that's true about its being contagious. ;-D

    Jul: I'm GLAD I can make you smile, Jul he he he he...

    Vince: Ahhhh yeah...that's also true, isn't it? HE HE HE HE...Being pleasant is worth it. ;-D

  8. Orville: ^___________________________^