Learning to eye-smile

It’s a new skill of human interaction: the eye-smile.

Now we walk around in masks — most of us, much of the time.

With our faces covered, we find that the irreducible beauty of a smiling face is lost.

Add to it that for many people, beset by fears of illness and economic problems and threats to livelihoods and debts that never seem to go down, there often seems to be little to smile about.

But a smile is a moment of transcendent glory amid the routine hours of the everyday.

Learning to smile with our eyes, consciously bringing the feeling of smiling to our whole face and not just our mouth, might be one of the quickest things we master this year, for the biggest benefit.

A smile goes a long way.