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Почему русские не улыбаются?

Originally posted by ljfun at Почему русские не улыбаются?
Известный лингвист раскрыл тайны знаменитой русской неулыбчивости.

Here's an interesting discussion about why Russians don't smile. The cold, gloomy faces are immediately noticeable to any foreigner traveling in the country. I'm not the first to make this observation and understand it's merely a cultural distinction between Russia and many Western countries. However, I don't agree with the statement here that Westerners are "taught" to smile at everyone and if a Russian smiles it's because he really wants to. In other words, there's an implication that all American or Western smiles are artificial and meaningless. It's not the case. We're not indoctrinated in youth to smile at people. We smile because we're happy. Because we wish to acknowledge another's presence on the street, in the store, on the metro or other public areas, rather than just push past them like they don't exist. If I'm in a bad mood, I don't walk around with a smile on my face or engage in conversations with strangers. There's no forced habit to make my mouth point upward.

Do you like being greeted by rude waiters and others in the service sector who simply look at you when they come to your table? Or, those who stare at you and say nothing when you go through their check-out line in a grocery store or at the post office? I can never get used to it, sorry. What follows next is the original text:
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