I started to wonder why people never smiled. I still don't understand. Over the past two years as I became more and more like everyone else I realized I didn't like what this environment was doing to me. Every time I left the country I smiled more and was happier. I would come home and not smile and make as little eye contact as possible. (Eye contact seemed to be inviting to unwanted guests.) Bottom line, I didn't like that this social habit had worn off on me.
The health benefits along are worth the simple gesture of grinning ear to ear, that it really shouldn't matter how others react to it. So, I have been making a more conscious effort to smile and keep those blue eye up more. Even if it is for my benefit only!!!