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Amani Khalil

HR Business Partner, Johnson Controls (Saudi Arabia)


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Genuine Smile, Fake Smile but what about one associated with Pain?

Decided to re-post my comment as I would love others insight in regards to my question.

This video left me thinking; if we take out the real smile and the fake smile i am often amazed at myself (as a person who smiles endlessly) the sad smile. How is it that even through the most painful of times I as well as others are still capable of smiling, they maybe smaller in size from an actual happy smile yet still the only answer in that i can verify from my end is even with a sad smile i seem to connect the emotional vulnerability of realizing that even through the pain i could feel emotionally and physically a smile is there to comfort me, a selfish act that allows me to continue? Hard to articulate yet anyone else get my train of thought?


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    Aug 11 2011: Power of smiling brought to mind an American author, and his public description of his own emotional and professional breakdown. Fitzgerald published a three part essay called The Crack-Up. In that essay he has a section on the smile he intends to create for his empty self. http://www.esquire.com/features/the-crack-up
    You won't feel good after you read this, but I think you will be fascinated by the section which begins..."I will get me a smile..."

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