Mother Teresa said that “we shall never know all the good that a simple smile can do.” I completely agree with that statement. Just simply smiling makes me feel good. I also can’t help but feel a little happier whenever I see someone else smiling.
However, once place I do not believe smiley faces belong is in professional documents or emails. While some professional people apparently believe that a smiley face emoticon can help ‘make your email more personable’ or ‘bring some fun into a paper,” this is just not true. While the following emoticons are quite fun, I will keep them:
1. To myself, and
2. In personal communications and not professional ones.
Smiley with a nose
Neutral smiley. The user made an ambiguous comment.
Smiley keeping quiet
Talkative smiley (or smiley sticking its tongue out)
Very funny smiley
Very surprised smiley
Smiley on vacation/holiday (or with glasses)
Abraham Lincoln smiley
Smiley for, oh, let's say Merlin the Magician
Smileys copied from http://en.kioskea.net/contents/www/smiley.php3
My personal favorites are the Abe Lincoln smiley and the spaghetti eating smiley.
What are your thoughts on smiley faces in professional papers or emails? Know any other interested smiley faces?
Catch ya later!