Remember that television show from the 60’s and 70’s? Allen Funt was the host, and although he always sounded so ‘dry’ and non-expressive in his voice on the phone calls, he hosted one of the funniest tv series of those times.
The show was so good, they have brought it back with Allen's son, Peter Funt and Mayim Bialik. Perhaps you've seen it?
How often have you called out to your subjects when you are behind the lens “Smile!” and in your private thought repeat (“you’re on Candid Camera”)? I know I have.
I like to think in my adult age that most of my wrinkles come from smiling. (Don't correct me! Humour me!) I like to look for a smile from people. I'm not disappointed if I don't receive it, but it delights me when I do. I give them freely, as a means of greeting someone I don’t know, as a sign of recognition to everyone I do know or simply as a gesture to get someone else who doesn’t smile easily to respond in kind.
smile - definition of smile by The Free Dictionary
facial expression characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and indicating pleasure, amusement
Some people need that encouragement. Some people, when no one is watching, look like they are carrying the weight of the world on their shoulders. I respect that, most of the time, but day after day after day? I have to bite my tongue and restrain myself from approaching them and saying “It can’t be that bad, can it?” but I would never do that because maybe in their world, it is that bad at that moment. I will not judge them as I don't know what they are dealing with in their life. Instead I just smile at them and hope it gives them some joy.
If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it. —Andy Rooney
Funny thing about smiling though………..for me. I love to smile, it comes naturally, easily BUT when a camera is facing me and I am really trying to make the best of the resulting photo, I very seldom like how I look with that grin on my face!
It's a constant debate. Open mouth? Teeth showing? Playful?
|My grandson, posing AND smiling.|
|He's so darned cute!|
Smirking? Closed mouth?
|Gotta love this little gapher.|
Love love loves the camera!
With all the smiling I do, what’s with the wrinkles? Some are visible only to me in a close up mirror, but I can’t help but wonder why they don’t remain in an ‘upward curving’ instead…….when I am not smiling, always in that downward sagging crease! Good reason as far as I'm concerned to remain happy.
|Happy, open mouth, teeth showing., laughing|
All of the above!
I didn't have time to think about this one
but I'll post it anyway
Why am I writing about smiling today? Two reasons......I like to write and I'm feeling good.
The new year has started out great. Things are going along very nicely these days. In my relationship with my husband, my family, my friends, work is smooth-going.
Okay it isn't all perfect.....the weather isn’t making me smile, let’s be honest,
|My beautiful spring LILACS!|
|Bill and I smiling at Allen Funt? No joke here!|
I hope you get a smile out of this when you read it. If only for a moment.
Have you smiled at someone today? It's contagious! And don't even get me on the subject of laughter!!!
Thanks for stopping in!