This story is unavailable.

I get what you’re saying here.

I tend to do this with smiling, or at least appearing pleasant to others, including strangers.

I’ve had people in the past ask me what’s wrong. Or tell me to smile. I may have a small case of resting bitch face.

It used to piss me off when someone would say it, but it got to me, in a good way. And I worked hard to change the way I look at everyone, and the world.

So now if I turn a corner and there is a group of people, I put a pleasant smile on my face.

And people smile back. It feels good.

Friendly. Pretty. Confident. Approachable. That’s how I want to show up in the world.

Like what you read? Give Laura Parker a round of applause.

From a quick cheer to a standing ovation, clap to show how much you enjoyed this story.