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post #16 of 25
Dude I have the same problem. My look is 'serious' and 'borders' on being angry and only when people really get to know me do they see that I am not. I would say that being serious looking has impacted my both professionally and socially and I have been told I look too serious. I try now to atleast smirk or have a mischevious look. However, sometimes I just feel like Bruce Wayne and the DarkKnight and I wish I was alone in my bat cave.
Edited by Star - 7/18/11 at 3:35am
post #17 of 25
I hate homeless people. I drove past one with a sign today, and when I got closer it said "Life is too short, smile more." It gave me pause. He still get any money from me.
post #18 of 25

Stoicism is the way to go.  Chicks love it.

post #19 of 25
My Russian father in law once said something that translated to "people that always smile are just more ready to bite you". It's a bit aggressive but I don't disagree with it.

I for one just can not stand the whole Midwestern obsession with constantly smiling and the overwhelming need to say "hello, how are you" when it's more then obvious that they just don't care.

I grew up in Ohio where it was required, no one cared how you felt, and most of the time never even waited for a reply. I make it a point to go in to a long winded response with every one that asks when ever I'm at home. If you care enough to ask, you'd better care enough to listen.

/rant
post #20 of 25
Smile if you want to smile. Ask yourself why you aspire to smiling more. It sounds like you are doing it for others. Be yourself. Smiling is perceived as a sign of weakness by others. They want you to smile so that you will be weak and they can dominate you.

Still want to smile more?
post #21 of 25
Sometimes clothing (color and general style) can partially compensate for facial expression. And, if one is hellbent on looking happier, there are procedures that can make the face look happier. PM a picture if you like - it would be strange fun to figure out how (if) the face is causing the problem.
post #22 of 25
Here's a thought - how about experimenting for a few weeks and deliberately smiling at people? If it ends up providing you with increased social interactions and/or dating opportunities you can conclude the experiment a success.
post #23 of 25
He had the same problem94
post #24 of 25
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Originally Posted by Jdeansmith11 View Post

Stoicism is the way to go.  Chicks love it.


Maybe amongst cold and lifeless Scandinavians.
post #25 of 25
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Originally Posted by Star View Post

Dude I have the same problem. My look is 'serious' and 'borders' on being angry and only when people really get to know me do they see that I am not. I would say that being serious looking has impacted my both professionally and socially and I have been told I look too serious. I try now to atleast smirk or have a mischevious look. However, sometimes I just feel like Bruce Wayne and the DarkKnight and I wish I was alone in my bat cave.

this thread is so me. fml

i've been told this countless times, not to smile more but in general i have a very straight stare. when i grin/smirk i feel i give off a bad vibe. i am just not happy (0)

oh and with my long face it only exaggerates the bad (and the good)
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