• Chris Davy

S is for... Smile

S is for... Smile

How fucking good is a good ole smile?

Hang on what? You don’t like smiling? Er, think you do. It’s the inbuilt human instinctive response to something you enjoy. So kind of can’t argue with that one, mate. You like smiling.

It’s one thing we ALL have in common. Question is, is it a genuine smile or a fake one? Are you putting up a front?

However, once you become aware of acting, being fake, and being genuine then things can get a little bit complex. And as you mature, things that used to make you smile may not make you smile anymore. Possibly because, it’s not actually fucking funny or something worth smiling about.

Wipe that smile off your face!

But you can still smile and laugh at stuff, you just laugh at it from a different point of view.

So, in that case, maybe you don’t like smiling. I take it back. Sometimes people are forced to smile. Think plastic smile. Inside maybe they feel like shit. And for what it’s worth, maybe your body is wired so that you actually smile when you are sad. I mean, some people smile when they are nervous or scared. The possibilities are endless really. The body is a crazy thing, so why not? A ‘condition’ probably exists and I just don’t know what it is called. Right now I’m not going to search the net for an answer. Did find something about Smile Mask Syndrome, though. Interesting.

Guillaume Duchenne. A French neurologist. Those French, man there are loads of clever French people. Anyway, this dude discovered two distinct types of smile. Basically a genuine one and a fake one. Read about it, very interesting. It’s all about the different types of muscles we use and when we use them. Proper studies and all that.

Why write about smiling? Well, so we are all on the same page. Smiling equals good. Unless I find you smiling at some weird shit, like a granny falling over. In which case, I’ll label you a piece of shit again. THAT SAID...woah Chris, don’t go around condoning smiling at grannies falling over.

No I’m not going to do that, chill. But what I am going to do is drop in another S word.

Schadenfreude. Learnt that from the musical Avenue Q. It’s class. If you’ve never seen it, watch it. If you don’t like it, you’re probably a piece of shit. Anywho, Schadenfreude - pleasure derived by someone from another persons misfortune. I’m telling you, English is a great language, but you’ve gotta go outside of it if you want to make better sense of everything.

I’ll finish on this. This is a poem that we used to have in our toilet whilst I was growing up as a teenager.

Smiling is infectious

You catch it like the flu

When someone smiled at me today

I started smiling too

I passed around the corner

And someone saw my grin

When he smiled I realised

I’d passed it on to him

I thought about that smile

Then realised its worth

A single smile just like mine

Could travel round the Earth

So if you feel a smile begin

Don’t leave it undetected

Let’s start an epidemic

And get the world infected

A poem by the legend, THE FUCKING LEGEND, that is Spike Milligan! (Apparently, can't confirm that, it's quite difficult to do so. BUT for the sake of Spike, let's say he did. And if he didn't, well then bollocks I'll claim it as my own.)

Have a good day!x

Who doesn't love a good quote?

"Don't cry because it's over. Smile because it happened." Dr. Seuss

Songs to listen to now:

Get Happy! - Judy Garland

When Your Smiling (The Whole World Smiles With You) - Louis Armstrong

Just Smile - Nat King Cole

Smile - Brian Wilson

Smile - Lily Allen

Can't Smile Without You - Barry Manilow

I Love Your Smile - Shanice

#smile #poem #spike #avenueq

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