If you want to know what people are really thinking, Reddit is usually a pretty good place to start. When someone posed the question, “What’s a dead giveaway that someone is American?” Redditors delivered. The consensus was that people from the land of the free and the home of the brave walk around grinning like lunatics for no good reason. If Americans smile too much, some other cultures tend to lean toward the grim side. Why such a discrepancy in facial expressions? The Atlantic’s Olga Khazan digs into the research. getAbstract recommends this illuminating article to traveling businesspeople and expats.
In this summary, you will learn
- Why Americans smile so much and with so much excitement,
- How the meaning of a smile relates to a country’s diversity and stability, and
- How even facial expressions have cultural implications that might impact business.
About the Author
Olga Khazan is a staff writer for The Atlantic. She has also written for The Washington Post, Los Angeles Times, Forbes and Wired.