Don’t smile! Really ?????


This is what I was told today…..

unbelievable and impossible.

She said “look straight, don’t smile and shut your mouth.”

You guessed right, it was in a photo booth to have new passport pictures taken. On those you are not allowed to smile. It was rather hard!

Needless to say I didn’t like that picture.

Can you think of a life without smiling…. no way!

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A smile is the best curve on a woman….

A smile brings people together…

A smile makes happy…

A smile is free….


A smile can make a big difference in someone’s day…

A smile is contagious….

A smile starts conversations……

A smile makes the world a happier place.

“Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.”

Mother Teresa

The world always looks brighter from behind a smile.

Sending you big smiles and enjoy the gift of today!


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65 responses »

  1. I was told the same thing when I got my passport photo, subsequently I look sort of tired and angry in mine. I try to present a happier image in person…I hope I really don’t resemble my photo.

    • Nancy, that is what I hope, I look spaced out, looking into nothingness…. those pictures are so unreal, yet that is how they want it… and they last 10 years… oh dear! Never mind , I shall always smile when I pass customs though…. 🙂

  2. When my son and I got our passport photos last year, neither of us were told that. I’m so grateful for that. And even if someone told me not to smile while I was reading your posts, Ute, I would have to disobey them.

    • Haha I am glad you would…. this was the only reason I kept my mouth shut and didn’t smile, other wise no passport. And I do like to travel and smile in other countries… and specially when I pass customs…. hehe. Thanks Ann!

  3. I know! I hate that about passports! And now we’re not allowed to smile on our driver’s licenses either – I think it’s because when we get questioned at customs or pulled over on the road we usually will most resemble a non-smiling photo! haha
    Diana xo

  4. I was in my sister’s car today and she was reversing into a spot. These two old dears were standing waiting, so I smiled and waved at them. The smile that spread across her face was incredible. She just kept looking and waving and smiling. I don’t know about her, but it made my day

  5. Say what? I was told that at the DMV. Now – my DL photo looks like a mugshot. Not that I’d ever had one taken before. But – that is so not me.
    Keep smiling dear Ute!
    🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂 🙂

  6. I totally agree Ute. A smile is worth a thousand words! Personally I think it’s silly that people are not allowed to smile on passport and ID photo’s but I guess they have their reasons. Because the photo must reflect how you would look standing before the immigration officer: apprehensive, worried, guilty and shifty. hahahaha
    Thanks for the smile Ute. 😀 *hugs*

  7. It’s mandatory that you look like a corpse in these passport photo’s. Never mind…you’ll have plenty of smiles when you set sail, or jetset away or whatever it is you’ll be doing on your next adventure 🙂

  8. The last time I heard those words was when I was getting my photo for my driver’s license. I thought what? my smile can change who I am for real over a photo??? LOL

  9. Like you, I found it rather difficult getting my picture taken for my passport! And the photographer saw it too. It was completely unnatural! Cheers, and let’s keep on smiling Ms. Smiles! xo Gina

    • Smiling makes the whole world freindlier I find, and improves our own well being, we should do it all the time!
      Thank you Shakti for your visit and lovely commetn!

  10. great line: the smile is the nicest curve on a woman…;) You know, i discovered long ago how powerful a smile can be–how it’s those people I like and am attracted to the most–how it takes bravery to smile at someone, risking the lack of reciprocity–but the reward literally gives me energy! the best example of this is when I am out running, and pass my fellow pedders and cyclists…the exchange can fuel miles…:) 🙂 <<couple extry for you, Ute…:)

    • Thanks Karen, I can add to that, that when I was Duty Manager in a hotel over thee weekend and I had to deal with complaints, I heard irrate customes on the phone, and I invited them to see me personally. I was prepared and greeted them with a smile, and it suddenly difused the whole situation and it could much easier be dealt with. A smiling face works wonders! 🙂

  11. 🙂 🙂 🙂 I could not even imagine life with out smiles and love, I could not imagine you without a smile! Thank you for sharing both the smiles and the love! 🙂 Joe

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