I worked as a receptionist for a few years. Several of our (male) clients would come into the office for meetings or whatever, and order me to smile. I hated it! But I flashed a superficial smile, never protesting but always resenting their presumption. Nineteen-year-olds can be so easily offended! Now, ten years later, I'm starting to see that those people had a point! Most of the time I have a rather neutral expression on my face. The problem is, my neutral expression looks kind of sad! Or even downright grouchy, especially when I'm busy.
When I smile, I look better, feel better, and people respond to me better. (I've also noticed I get more second-glances from the opposite gender when I'm laughing and smiling...even with my handsome husband beside me...not that I care, but it does help me feel young).
So this challenge doesn't have a specific photographed event, and I can't just check it off my list. But I want my kids to remember me with a smile on my face. I want my husband to come home to a smiling wife. I want to be happy and open and welcoming in my expression, not tired and grouchy and closed. So I will order myself to smile more often.
Do you smile? How does it affect you when someone smiles at you? Have a smiley day!