I have read that in Russia, randomly smiling at strangers is often viewed as a sign of mental illness, or inferior intellect; but in the U.S. it is often seen as a sign of being friendly, or trusting.

  1. Do you think Americans smile too much?
  2. Do you ever feel stupid for having smiled at a stranger who did not smile back?
  3. I had an algebra teacher, Mr. Stephens, who told us we laughed too much in class – and that laughter was a sign of stupidity and it would be better if we just smiled. He was  a very good algebra teacher, however.

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