Charles Gordy said, “ A smile is an inexpensive way to improve your looks.” This, I think, could hold the key to motivating people, specially middle-aged women, to smile. True, a smile inspires people to work for you, improves your relations with others and makes you happier and healthier. But what takes the cake is that it improves your looks without having to spend a penny (except perhaps on a tooth-brush and tooth-paste).
We all have a secret desire to look better than we should naturally do. (Don’t baldies spend maximum time in brushing their hair ?) Fortunately, the gulf
between how we naturally look and how we ought to look is much smaller for men than women. Since most men are fighting all the time (generally with their wives) to save some pennies, they should logically jump at the idea of improving their looks with just a smile. It costs them nothing.(It may, on the contrary, earn them some pennies if the recipient is prone to over-reaction).
As regards women, they may consider tormenting their husbands in ways other than splurging on cosmetics, facial massages, ayurvedic therapies, etc. Resorting to smile to improve their looks will save them a lot of time and also the bother of looking at the mirror every two minutes to check if all the decorative pieces are in their designated positions. Above all, this way, no one will know that they are trying to improve their looks. It is almost impossible to hide your make-up, but the advantage with smile is that you don’t have to try and hide it. In fact, you have to make a conscious effort to reveal it.
So, smile folks, smile.