If people are always telling you to “smile” (don’t get us started on how annoying that can be), you might have RBF, better known as “resting bitch face.” It’s a condition that impacts people who have no facial expression between apathy and joy.
If you have RBF, don’t let anyone make you feel bad about it because it’s just the way your face sits naturally, not an indication that you’re a bad person. In fact, science may have proved that you’re genetically predisposed to not be amused all the time.
OZY reports that new research found that “people who have two shorter serotonin transporter genes have a tendency to smile or laugh more easily than others,” even if the jokes aren’t funny. People with two longer genes get the opposite effect.
While those peppy people may seem a lot happier than people with RBF, that’s not exactly the case. People with shorter genes are also prone to mood swings, experiencing a range of emotions from extremely joyous to very depressed.
This doesn’t mean any personality type is better than the other. Some of us smile more often and some of us scowl more often, and that’s perfectly fine.
The next time someone tells you to smile (or says you smile too much), just say, “Back off, I was born this way.”