You are so right. A smile works wonders at deflecting the concern and looks and comment. I have learned that. When I onto work I know no one wants to hear about my troubles so I just rememer as I pull inot the parking lot to put on my work face (smile). Say hi hello how's it going. When people ask me "how are you?", I just say I am having the time of my life. We laugh and move on. And I keep smiling.
Smile though your heart is aching
Smile even though it's breaking
Just for the record. You won't get away with that here. We know and We love you to much to buy that smile.