Another product of lunch-hour boredom. Besides, everyone could use a reminder.
No. And that’s okay, too. I don’t have to smile if I don’t want to. Some days are just like that.
That is true. I’ve found that smiling to myself, even when I feel like poop, makes me feel better. But no one is required to smile and you owe no one else your smiles.
I apologize if this came across in that “you best be smiling and showing you’re a pleasant human specimen otherwise you are evil” kind of way.
No, I don’t think it particularly did.
I just personally linked this with the concept of being told to “Smile!”, often by men. You know, the whole adage of women must be happy and smiling all the time. Or just the idea of people wanting everyone else to be happy so that they don’t have to deal with the fact that not everyone’s life is perfect.
I completely agree that if you’re having a bad day, it’s a great idea to seek something out that you know brings you pleasure. That way, it can help alleviate the negative and give you a moment to breathe and process. However, sometimes, those things just aren’t available or you might be beyond that point. In which case, it’s okay to accept that today is a sad day, that maybe you need to be upset about something to process it. Maybe tomorrow will be a day that involves nothing but smiling. :)
That is sincerely yucky and I’m sorry my doodle made you think of that D:
As a Kristen Stewart fan (like legit, I love that girl) I totes identify with what you’re saying about society’s obsession with “happy” women. I really hate that the media makes her out to be this grumpy, rigid bitch simply because she doesn’t put on a face for the cameras.
The smiling message is linked to something I am repeating to myself as a little mantra. I read somewhere that even if you’re in a bad place (and I often am), just going through the motions and using your face muscles to pull your lips into a smile can trigger endorphins. Even if it doesn’t really do anything, I feel like it does.
But the way I worded this leaves it more open to interpretation and projected feelings. It’s interesting. I’m really glad you pointed this out.