Wednesday, January 7, 2009

Why smile more? (and another glimpse into my crazy mind)

Why make a resolution to smile more, you might ask?

As I explained, I'm not big on New Year's resolutions. I generally have a bad attitude about them so I just avoid them altogether. This year, though, I thought "why not give it a shot?" Of course, being the perfectionist that I am, I know that if I made a grand goal with any level of planning/thinking whatsoever, I would be doomed to get lost in the research and planning phase of it. If I made a resolution with any type of quantifiable results (e.g. do this _ times per week), I'd be discouraged with my inevitable failure and give up entirely. So, knowing myself well enough, I realized that I'd have to stick to something that is simple to execute and that I'd be likely to accomplish. Don't you agree that "smile more" hits the mark?

The other reasons I picked this resolution:
*Smiling is good for me - the more I smile, the more I'll feel like smiling. (At least that's what I've heard.)
*I've become like most Singaporeans (that I see on the bus, train, streets, stores, etc.) by not smiling at strangers and keeping to myself. I figure I'll still keep to myself but that doesn't mean I can't smile. I don't really think that people are trying to be unfriendly. I think it's just the way things are here. But I don't think by walking around with a smile on my face, people will suspect any more or less that I'm not a native Singaporean. It's pretty obvious by my non-Asian physical features.
*I like to smile.

Good 'nough?

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