I can't remember exactly how old I was when I first learned the game; all I remember is that at my all-girls overnight camp we sometimes played it. The goal of that game was to keep a straight face in response to your friend saying, "Baby, I love you, won't you give me a smile?" Of course it's darn difficult to keep a smile from creeping across your visage upon hearing this.
I was riding with two of my American friends in an auto-rickshaw to the train station a month or so ago, when the game suddenly popped through my mind after years of hibernation. I have to admit that my skills at facial muscle control were still weak, while those of my friends were not all that shabby! Needless to say, it was still a fun game.
Fast forward to a couple of weeks ago, and then to today, and I'm still playing smile games, though now I've upped the anti and started to see how strangers respond to my smiles. Of course this is not a game in the same sense as the one I was playing with my friends in the rickshaw; this is a legitimate attempt at connection, and involves risk of rejection.