Usually, I happen to not pass by strangers much, as I do not take the tram, or walk down the lane. (I am that lazy). But, whenever I happen to come across new faces at the market or my favorite outlet, I make sure my tight-lipped smile eases the tension of the awkward-accidental eye contact.
As per the oculesics, an eye contact is a form of nonverbal communication. Hence, the smile ensures that I have a heart of gold and your child stays safe around a stranger like me.
However, smiling back is free of cost, still many prefer an eye roll or just look away.
Similarly, the regular act of gentleness might even give out the wrong signals. Smiling at a stranger of the opposite gender gets misinterpreted as the license to flirt. Here, the tables turn, with the eye rolls and looks of disgust get served.
Just smile. I wonder how strangers can hold up a frown or a straight face for so long. At least I can’t, or I can, but, I may not.
So, let’s spread the sparkle and smile more often with no hidden intentions at all.
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