This woman has not smiled in 40 years to avoid wrinkles.
“Yes, I am vain and want to remain youthful. My strategy is more natural than Botox, and more effective than any beauty cream or facial. ”
Was it worth it ?
There are multiple photos of her that show important life events, births, weddings, etc, where she remained true to her pledge at age 10.
She claims that as a Catholic school student, she was often told to “wipe the smile off your face”. No doubt.
As an adult, her friends refer to her as Mona Lisa. That just seems so wrong. DaVinci painted a very subtle, yet knowing smile on his classic subject.
But what kind of hell it must have been for her, and anyone around her, to have maintained “bitch face” mode for 4 decades ?
A life without smiles, without laughter ?
There have been so many studies about the effect on the brain of a smile, whether spontaneous or forced. It signals that you are happy, even if you are not.
It has saved me on so many occasions.
It used to embarrass me as a child when my mother smiled at strangers; when she had to strike up a conversation with everyone in her path. I get it now. It was healing for her.
I cherish every laugh line I achieved, and the life stories behind them.
Tess Christian’s story has gone viral. Her critics are many. I feel sorry for her.
Was it worth it ? Absolutely not.