Have you ever noticed that many Russians have teeth in very bad condition? They do not smile because they are embarrassed to show them, they are embarrassed to show their poverty. They go to the dentist only as a last resort, when periodontitis begins. These are not empty words. I have factual confirmation of this among relatives and friends. Unfortunately, I am also now among those who use the services of dentists only in an emergency. I smile as long as I can, while the appearance of the visible part of the teeth when smiling is good.
I think this question is more about people in Russia / Ukraine / and so on. So this is due to the mentality of the country. In the post-Soviet space, smiling at a stranger is already a sign of attention, and many tend to merge with the crowd and withdraw into themselves. They look at me strangely and condescendingly when I smile, for example, after a great day. In the same USA, greeting, smiling, talking to strangers is in the order of things. They are more relaxed. In our country, the desire to seem "normal" interferes with doing funny things, smiling at a nice guy, and some even asking a question if you are lost.
Rarely compared to whom? People smile when they want. A smile is an expression of a certain emotion and a social sign. When there is no need, people do not smile. Your K.O.
In Russia? They smile, but in each country in its own way. I sincerely believe that the stereotype about Russians and our smile will someday fade, but for now we will travel to understand that a smile is still better than a frown face :)))
PS Today is also the World Day of Happiness!
Because a smile on the face in the understanding of society is often the opposite of seriousness. And people are afraid to smile, thinking that their smile may be misunderstood. It got to the point that a normal state is emotionless, and for joy and a smile you need a reason!
But you smile anyway - it is not only good for you, but also contagious for others. And besides, for a person with a smile on his face there are no problems, because all difficulties are easily solvable!
And there is also such an interesting opinion voiced in the film "About Love" (2015):
"Russians are very sincere people. Giving your smile to strangers and passers-by is not accepted here. It is believed that a smile should be genuine and intended only for friends. It's so sincere ..."
Because they live in the post-Soviet space in poverty and suspicion. Because the cult of the zone and the influence of gopniks flourish in our country (who looked how, and if he was not a cock for an hour). It is worth leaving for Europe or the States - there a smile is just a normal state, and "Russians" are considered menacingly gloomy.