It’s all very well to extol the glories of smiling, as I’ve done twice over the past few months, but I was cautioned by a reader to watch out for smiling snakes in the grass.
He wrote this:
“I wanted to comment on your post about smiling. I agree with almost all of it but here is a word of caution: I have met a few people in my life who smile relentlessly who have screwed me. Consequently, I now interpret a permanently present smile as a mask. A smile says, ‘I'm harmless. You can trust me. Let's be friends.’ But the permanent smile says to me, ‘Beware. I may be a psychopath.’ Do you know anyone who smiles all the time? Look behind the mask, my friend.”