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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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.
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.
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.
-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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