I Hate It When People Tell Me to Smile

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    I Hate It When People Tell Me to Smile

    I see it as fairly rude. They don't know what's going on in my head. It's like they're telling me to "suck it up". Why is it any of their business what facial expression I just so happen to have on anyway? Some people seem to take it personally when you don't smile at...
    missynegative missynegative
    18-21, F
    Mar 20, 2008

    As I walk down the street with

    either something serious on my mind or the damn sun is in my face, a voice calls out, "Smile baby! It ain't that serious." Lol... Really?
    NaomiSunshineJourney NaomiSunshineJourney
    31-35, F
    4 Responses May 28, 2015

    It's really irritating

    when people tell you to smile. If someone is upset about something, are they supposed to walk around with a fake smile, pretending everything is okay? I think people need to actually be more transparent about how they truly feel rather than pretending to be okay when they truly...
    Cass027 Cass027
    22-25, F
    2 Responses Jan 20

    I get this every day literally,

    there's always someone at work telling me to smile
    AquamarineCiara AquamarineCiara
    18-21, F
    1 Response May 28, 2015

    you see, i have issues with people saying this

    to me, cos its like, when i don't smile,people tell me to smile,even though iv'e no reason to,then at times when i do smile, people want to know why i'm smiling, as if there must be a reason i'm smiling,so when i tell them i don't have a reason for smiling, its as if they think...
    cowshed123 cowshed123
    36-40, M
    1 Response Sep 28, 2014

    I hate being told to smile.

    It's very annoying, especially because the random stranger who says it has no idea of what I might be feeling at the time. For all they know, I may have just gotten some really bad news, lost my job, lost a loved one, or any number of negative events may have happened to me. I...
    CaliforniaSun CaliforniaSun
    56-60, F
    4 Responses Dec 25, 2015

    It's such a huge pet peeve of mine.

    ... I do my best to give off a warm welcoming vibe but everyone had their bad days. It's only natural
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 28, 2015

    People are always telling me this,

    even when I'm not in a bad mood and it's pretty annoying. Apparently I have a bad case of resting ***** face.
    undere undere
    22-25, T
    1 Response Aug 25, 2015

    No i wont smile , its my given right to walk

    around a grumpy mean btich if you have a problem i will btich slap that stupid fake smile right off your bumb @ss face
    deleted deleted
    4 Responses Aug 25, 2015

    Yes! I absolutely hate this.

    It is of useless interaction to force a smile and/or small-talk. The kind of people that need smiles and pointless chit-chat are weak inside and feed off of other's strength to deal with their facade.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 28, 2015

    The ONLY attention I get from men are

    when they tell me to smile... And it's never the women who do this just the random men that pass by. Like seriously? It's not like I'm frowning. That's just my face. And what's it to you anyways if I smile or not? Will it just make your day? I don't think so. I'm not a mean...
    teeohfancy teeohfancy
    22-25, F
    1 Response Feb 20, 2014

    I have always hated my smile.

    when told to smile, i make myself laugh in order to make my smile look real
    deleted deleted
    1 Response May 27, 2015

    We all have our off days.

    Telling me to smile when I am about to murder everyone I see is the least helpful thing you could do. Even when everything is alright with the world and I could not be in a more positive mood, I tend to not smile. Can I just please be left alone and smile when I feel I should...
    The3rdAndOnly The3rdAndOnly
    18-21, F
    Aug 17, 2015

    Other people when their photos are taken:

    Photo 1: Wacky! Photo 2: Duck face Photo 3: Seductive Photo 4: Cute pose Photo 5: Mid-laugh Me: Photo 1: Closed-lips smile Photo 2: Closed-lips smile Photo 3: Closed-lips smile Photo 4: Closed-lips smile Photo 5: MY CHEEKS HURT!
    deleted deleted
    Jul 31, 2015

    I Am Smiling!!!

    Usually when people tell me that. I just tell them it's been so long since I had a reason to smile that I've forgotten how. besides , even when I want to smile my embarassment about my dental problems makes me think twice about it.
    timmerb timmerb
    51-55, M
    4 Responses Feb 16, 2008

    Why do old people do that?

    I'm just walking along minding my own business and some old guy comes up and is all up in my business saying "oh you should smile you look so grumpy" like actually that was my rest face but now I have some old dude telling me what to do so yeah I'm pretty grumpy. Just men in...
    sexysmeagol sexysmeagol
    18-21, F
    1 Response Mar 5
    deleted deleted
    May 28, 2015

    I always get asked eventually from people

    who meet me, why don't you smile? I grin, and i guess that's became my smile to family i have a hard time holding it up but it don't mean i'm not happy. I'm a very happy person when wanting to be even without a smile. And its not i can't smile i do and will smile but it has to...
    deleted deleted
    2 Responses May 27, 2015

    My resting ***** face is strong lol I always

    get told to smile and it drives me insane! Who walks around with a smile on their face.. Honestly?! I have tried it a few times and people then ask me what I'm smiling about or "why is she smiling?"... I'll stick with my serious face thanks! :p
    XwonderlustX XwonderlustX
    26-30, F
    Aug 17, 2015

    person: "smile Aeril!

    !!" me: "why..." person: O.o *walks away*
    Aeril Aeril
    18-21, F
    May 28, 2015

    Strangers, mostly men,

    I do not owe you a smile, conversation, or my time. Please **** off while I am pumping gas. Leave me alone.
    deleted deleted
    1 Response Aug 26, 2015

    If I'm not smiling it doesn't mean I'm sad,

    in fact it actually means I'm feeling far too lazy to smile.
    AlanaNumber5 AlanaNumber5
    18-21, F
    1 Response Aug 17, 2015

    Imma smile if I damn want to.

    Not because you tell me to.
    aliadele aliadele
    18-21, F
    Aug 9, 2015
    deleted deleted
    Aug 18, 2015

    I am not on this Earth to make your life more

    pleasant and if I am not in a happy mood, you can't force your ideal on me. Telling someone to smile is incredibly rude. You have to acknowledge that the person may not be happy or that they may be content. Yes I have Resting ***** Face 'RBT'.
    dustypork dustypork
    31-35, F
    4 Responses Sep 19, 2015

    People often tell me I'm too pretty to be sad

    and I need to stop frowning and smile.. They have no clue what I've been through.. It's not that easy to smile
    callmejo4 callmejo4
    18-21, F
    May 17, 2014
    seejayzee seejayzee
    46-50, M
    Jul 30, 2015

    Smiling on commando is fake.

    Some can do it well, extremely well, as I have witnessed at weddings. But as for me, when I smile, I smile (I do smile occasionally!). And when I don't, don't ask me to. You'll get a no.
    roobs42 roobs42
    41-45, M
    3 Responses Mar 5

    Don't just tell me to smile

    or point out I'm angry, that'll just make me direct my anger at you. Instead, should you recognize I need to smile and calm down do something to make me laugh :3
    StrawberryPix StrawberryPix
    13-15, F
    Mar 5

    When people tell me to smile it makes me cry

    because there is so many times where I forget how . Im a teen that just never learned how
    Tryingtostaystrong123 Tryingtostaystrong123
    16-17, F
    1 Response Aug 17, 2015

    I Don't Smile 24/7.

    I can't stand when people tell me to smile, or assume I'm mad because I'm not smiling.  My normal, comfortable facial expression is not a smile.  All it means is I'm relaxed.  Damn! I used to babysit for these people and EVERYTIME I came over the dad would be like...
    urbrandofheroin urbrandofheroin
    22-25, F
    5 Responses Mar 27, 2009

    Seriously? Sure! Beat your kid cause she

    doesn't smile! That's definitely going to help!
    Cyasfb Cyasfb
    18-21, F
    Jul 30, 2015

    I'll Smile, When I Damn Well Want To

    You know what I hated about working in retail for four years? Well a few things, one being that the money wasn't that great, and the fact that I had to be around annoying people all the time. So naturally, I'd often be in a bit of a crappy mood while I was working, and it...
    DeathstalkerScorpion DeathstalkerScorpion
    26-30, M
    1 Response Jul 15, 2013

    Sometimes, i cant smile.

    I will feel agitated. Smiling seems impossible. All i can do is roll my eyes and the only noise that can come out of my mouth is "ugh". I try to be positive but its like someone else takes control sometimes and im strapped down, forced to watch the other person do as they please...
    PainIsPeace PainIsPeace
    16-17, M
    Aug 16, 2015

    i smile when i mean it.

    i dont usually smile just for the sake of it. maybe that is why some people find me intimidating. i don't mean to frown either, but i guess that's how people see it.
    omgkris56 omgkris56
    22-25, F
    2 Responses May 28, 2015

    Admittedly only one person has ever said it to

    me, but boy did I hate that. I will get back at you, Erica.
    Pingless Pingless
    22-25, F
    Mar 5

    People who tell you to smile are the worst.

    Like, if you care, make me smile, otherwise go step on a lego.
    ismaelgz00 ismaelgz00
    18-21, M
    May 27, 2015

    Don't tell me what to do.

    If i'm happy i do smie :-)okay
    genjiipiexx genjiipiexx
    31-35, F
    Feb 16

    Just because i don't smile much doesn't mean

    I'm pissed off some people don't get that. Telling people to smile is just going to irritate them.
    PanHead1989 PanHead1989
    26-30, M
    2 Responses Feb 8
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