Culturally, we grew up learning to smile at others, more so when glances meet. The Prophet, peace be upon him has said, “And your smiling in the face of your brother is charity, your removing of stones, thorns, and bones from people’s paths is charity, and your guiding a man gone astray in the world is charity for you.” So, yeah, even a smile is charity.
But being in a place where you pass by a lot of people you are acquainted with, a full-blooded smile may trigger unwanted conversations when you’re short on time or intent. A smile may also be construed wrongly by the one smiled at, especially if it is the opposite gender.
The solution – and I do this all the time – the half-smile of the kind pictured below, with widening of the mouth while closed, flattened lips partly taken inside. When someone wrote about it, I couldn’t help but smile. I’m not the only one who consciously does this.
[Clarification – The man in the picture is not me]
[via Zoe Says] Humans are such funny creatures. We have all these social niceties and some of the “rules” in place are rather odd. Something I wish didn’t need to exist is that weird smile – sometimes an accompanying nod – that you give to people (namely, acquaintances or office mates) where you flatten your lips and smile tightly as you pass each other by.… Read More