A Smile is Worth a Million Dollars

Greeting Barbarians! Long days and pleasant nights! 

Al Capone once said “You can go a long way with a smile. You can go a lot farther with a smile and a gun.” Yes, even the famous gangster knew the power of a simple smile. I supposed one wouldn’t be a mob boss with ruthlessness alone. 

I guess I should have learned way back that a smile is the simplest way to tear down a wall. A sledgehammer would do the job but oftentimes sloppy and desperate. Another thing I’ve felt insecure about is my teeth. I’ve got crooked teeth, stained from all the coffee I’ve been drinking and cigarettes I’ve been smoking. Yet, I have always been fond of smiling. 

If only you could see my smile whenever a WordPress notification pops up. Though, I have to apologize for not giving an immediate reply rest assured that I read all your comments. I wanted to thank you all for the outpouring of support. This blog would have been nothing without you, thank you! To our new readers, make yourselves welcome and thank you for subscribing! I hope you find the things I’m babbling about useful. With that said, I’d like to give my special thanks to the following:

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I owe much of my charms to my smile, I may have bad teeth but I have expressive eyes. In case you are wondering, Google an image of Emilia Clarke or James Franco smiling. There is power in smiles, seduction, and charm. 

First impressions are powerful as it determines other people’s perception of you. A large chunk of how people see us is often based on how we interact. I always judge people with the benefit of a doubt, but we do indeed judge the book by its covers. 

Before we proceed, I’d like to ask you a series of very silly questions:

  • You were in a restaurant and the food was late and the service was bad, what would you do?
  • You were in a hospital lobby and waiting in a long line for the doctor, what would your attitude be?
  • You were walking down the street and you came across a colleague who hated your guts, what would you do?

If your answer is a lot of bitching, moaning and complaining, then guess what, that won’t make the service better, the lines faster nor image any better. If I’m correct, the situation will only get worse and if by any chance that you’ve managed to get what you want, you could expect some spit in your coffee or careless jabbing of needles or contempt. Congratulations, you’ve just shown people how desperate you are. 

What you want is to influence the situation, smile and talk to the server, or nurse, or colleague. Smile, not a sheepish conniving grin, and you’re already influencing the situation. Show grace under pressure, give them the impression that you deserve respect and never demand it. You’d be surprised to know that a lot could be fixed when you use your charms.

To COURAGE, FREEDOM and for fuck’s sake, SMILE!

“Everyone sees what you appear to be, few experience what you really are.”
― Niccolò Machiavelli, The Prince

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24 thoughts on “A Smile is Worth a Million Dollars

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  1. lots of good advice and yes please smile, it also makes you younger and the world smiles with you. Have you seen “Klaus” on Netflix with your daughter? I love it! shows how kindness can change a whole village.

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  2. Oh Mr.A and Gina my girls grew up watching winx and i remembered having to put up winx party four times a year (i have four girls) but has to be creative and make sure each party is unique and different despite of having the same theme.
    Anyways, this is a delightful post and its true smile good a long way….where have you been all my blogging years (lol)..

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  3. Emilia Clarke’s smile! I distinctly remember watching her broad smile for the first time and thinking of how different she looked from Khaleesi’s character that she played on GOT. It’s sunshine! 😁

    Also, thank you for making me smile. I read this when I wasn’t in a good mood. It was enough. 🤗

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      1. That she is. Her movie “Me Before You” is all about her sunshine. You would love it.
        But GOT… That is the show where she just went straight into all of our hearts with Daenerys Targaryen. Definitely worth a watch! And yeah, if you want just skip the last 3 episodes. We all say this because we all love Daenerys’ character.

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  4. I can’t help but smile while reading through your article. And on question no. 3, I thought of a similar scenario when I came across my ex who abandoned me and my child. At that particular moment, I continued walking straight ahead, held my chin up, looked at him then smiled. While it was like just for few seconds, I felt that I was braver than I’ve ever been. Whew! What a relief!

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    1. I was thinking of that question for #3 but opted not to.
      I’m sorry to hear that. Being a single dad myself, this comment hits a little bit closer to home. I could still remember what went through my head the time my ex and I split. My daughter was just 1 when that happened and I couldn’t go through life knowing there’s somebody out there I’ve abandoned. Needless to say, I went to hell and back just to get my daugther back. So now, everytime I came across her and her new family, I just put on the best smile ever. Not my fault I’m gorgeous! =)

      Thank you Seng for that display of bravery! Cheers to you and your daughter!


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