November 26, 2006

It's not easy being silly

Beijing volunteers for the 2008 Olympics have already commenced taking smiling lessons. The difficulty of this cultural shift has been eased, if only slightly, with one university establishing a debriefing room, where smiling volunteers can distress after a long day of grinning.

“… the students said that it needed a lot of practice to be able to smile three metres away with ease and calm …

During a recent international softball game, student volunteers found their university had set up a special room for them to discuss their experiences after work, so they would be less stressed out and could smile from their hearts.

“At first, I thought you might find it difficult to smile after you became tired. But later I realized if you don't treat smiling as a work assignment, but as a something normal, you may find it very easy to smile all the time.”


  1. Anonymous10:36 PM

    Bit sad when you have to make a conscious effort to smile!

    A smile costs nothing but gives much. It enriches those who receive without making poorer those who give. It takes but a moment, but the memory of it sometimes lasts forever.
    None is so rich or mighty that he cannot get along without it and none is so poor that he cannot be made rich by it.
    Yet a smile cannot be bought, begged, borrowed, or stolen, for it is something that is of no value to anyone until it is given away. Some people are too tired to give you a smile.
    Give them one of yours, as none needs a smile as much as he who has no more to give!

  2. I smile at people because I love to see them light up & smile back.

    But them I'm not being persecuted by a repressive ChiCom regime. What do they have to smile about?