Amanda Kloots has experienced great loss, but that doesn’t mean she fakes her smile.
In the caption of a post featuring a photo of herself sitting on a bench with a huge smile on her face, Kloots wrote, “I got asked in an interview ‘is my smile for real?’ He said, ‘You are an actress after all, do you often fake it?’ The truth is, no. I don’t fake it. I hope that’s something you all know about me by now. I’d rather smile than frown. Even on a bad day, on the tough days, even through the tears of this past year- I choose a smile. It’s our best accessory!”
Followers applauded Kloots's positivity in the comments section.
"Your smile is infectious and one of the most genuine ever. Love u," one wrote. Another added, "Your spirit reminds me of Audrey Hepburn- a class act filled with positivity and love." A third shared, "I couldn’t agree more! You have a beautiful genuine smile."
Kloots also recently opened up to Yahoo Life about how she finds soalce and strength.
"There's one thing he definitely would not want me to do, which is stop living my life," she admitted. "He would want me to live my life — to be happy, to be strong, to raise Elvis with everything I possibly could. That also keeps me going, knowing, OK, he's watching everything I'm doing. He wants me to be happy. He wants me to keep going. He wants me to move forward."
According to a study conducted by a Yale researcher and funded by the National Science Foundation, women and men smile about the same amount — however, it’s women who are more likely to smile in order to diffuse a situation. Researcher Marianne LaFrance explained, “Women do what we call 'emotion work' and one of the best ways to do this is to smile to soothe hurt feelings, to restore harmony.”
Of course, there is a long history of women being asked to smile more — so it’s no surprise that Kloots was asked if she was only faking it. A 2019 survey from Byte said that 98 percent of women reported being told to smile at work at some point in their lives. Of that, 15 percent claimed they were asked to smile at least weekly. And that’s a bad thing, according to Inc, as there is evidence to suggest that instructing a person to smile can lead to feelings of a loss of control.
Fortunately for Kloots, that doesn’t seem to be an issue for her: Her smile is real, and very much a part of what makes her her.
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