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What do you call a person who always has a pleasant smile on his face. Is there anything better than calling him a "Pleasing personality"?

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Cheerful, naïve, pleasant, half-witted. Surely this is GR, but why in the world is it tagged Britspeak? – tchrist Jan 25 '13 at 15:11
Blithesome, genial, convivial. – JohnP Jan 25 '13 at 15:15
A flight attendant? – coleopterist Jan 25 '13 at 15:42
It depends. As Shakespeare said, one can smile and smile and still be a villain. – Jay Jan 25 '13 at 15:48
'A smug git' is often appropriate. – Barrie England Jan 25 '13 at 16:19
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I think this question really should have more context; it depends on whether or not the smile is genunine (and, if it is, it depends on the source of that person's happiness.)

If the smile is phony (that is, the person always smiles, but in reality, they are very bitter on the inside), then I'd call that person plastic, or saccharine.

On the other hand, if the smile is a sign of the person's pleasant nature, there several words that could be used to describe the person, depending on that person's source of joy and contentment, including: joyful, pleasant, happy, cheerful, and jocular.

Is there anything better than calling him a "Pleasing personality"?

One thing is certain, however, I would not call that person a "pleasing personality." You might say, "He has a pleasant personality," but a pleasant personality is something you have, not something you are. Moreover, a "pleasing personality" could be misinterpreted to mean that this person is predisposed to pleasing other people, rather than that this person is constantly smiling.

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I think of such people as affable

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I think of such people as folks who don't listen to the news. – Hot Licks Nov 7 '14 at 0:18


Cock-eyed optimist
Hail fellow well met
Village idiot

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I would use amiable, which means, per Webster's Collegiate Thesaurus (1988), "of a generally agreeable nature especially in social interaction". Other options are good-humored, good-tempered, good-natured, and (rather rare these days) complaisant. All of the synonyms for amiable I've listed come from that same thesaurus.

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Although "habitual drunk" might also work... – Sven Yargs Jan 26 '13 at 3:46

Jocular, in a jocky way, congenial, in a sociable way.

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In a jocky way? What does that mean? – J.R. Jan 25 '13 at 17:51
deeply sorry , wrong punctuation ...Jocular:in a jocky way, congenial:in a sociable way. – khadijeh Jan 25 '13 at 19:39
I don't believe "jocky" is a word - that's my point. – J.R. Jan 25 '13 at 20:17
@J.R. it is a word. Seems like archaic variant of jockey, a horse rider. What they meant is, obviously jokey or joky (alternative spelling). – theUg Jan 29 '13 at 22:24
@theUg: Yes, obviously, as you said. (I wasn't really confused; my goal was to exhort a new user to be more careful, and fix their errors. Had a more established user made the same mistake, I probably would have just fixed it with an edit.) – J.R. Jan 29 '13 at 22:36


-The writer, Mr. Doe, always had a pleasant smile on his face because he was always daydreaming about new characters, times and places where he could set his stories.

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