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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 14 2011: What I wanted to convey here is that since every person has his/her moment(s) of pain (regret, loss.....) and smile is the most basic medicine for human mentality, I think we use it as we face the moment may be to convince or protect ourselves or to bypass the situation. To me, I think every person has their own blackened moments in past that basically help us to grow up. While recalling or facing it we usually use a smile whether it is slight or burst out. This may be the reason why a smile can appear even if we are in pain.
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      Aug 15 2011: The psychological impact of our own smile have and always do provide more than we can really articulate, hence my first question on TED. I really wanted to see how others digest the difference and articulate it, so thank you for your insight. Each response has shown that we have taken more than a split second to answer because there is no universal answer but what works for each of us individually :)

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