There aren’t a lot of random smilers in DC, and it’s a brave thing to be the one to break through the mold of sour-grapes grimaces and flash your pearly off-whites, mostly because you know about 87.46% of people you smile at will reject you – meaning they won’t smile back. But the ones that do…oh my, it can be uplifting. I practice smiling at strangers from time to time because when it comes time to smile at someone you like like, it won’t be so daunting. So they say. I started practicing the smiling tactic a couple years ago and I still remember the guy who beamed back at me that one time. Sun rays literally shot out of his head. I think a unicorn flew by over a rainbow, too. It was magic.
I find this smiling-at-strangers practice important for meeting people in person because, let’s face it, no one walks to talk to a sour puss. Side benefit: smiling boosts confidence and it makes you look real approachable. Except when you’re me smiling at Gym Crush, in which case you’d look constipated.
Here’s a nice article on the different types of smiles and why they are so wonderful.