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Masks keep us safe. They also hide our smiles

While people can no longer see the bottom half of our face, we can adapt our body language to show our friendliness

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A crowd at Union Square Greenmarket in New York. Masks not only hide grins; they can also make it harder for people to display a whole range of emotions including discomfort, dismay or disdain.

AS cities and states reopen slowly after coronavirus lockdowns, more people are stepping out, cautiously, into a changed world. If they are being careful not to spread disease, they are also in masks.

And that means many of us are missing a small but important social lubricant: the smile...

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