Constant bright cheerfulness is strange to an Englishman.
English people abroad, English men especially, can often seem unfriendly because we don’t talk with anyone and everyone we meet. An Englishman will hardly ever engage a stranger in conversation, and if we do it will merely be to exchange a couple of words about the weather. More often than not English men are of very few words, seldom speaking unless we think we have something important or interesting to say.
This taciturn manner goes back a long, long way to when it was considered impolite to speak to someone unless you had been properly introduced.
When out on my regular solitary meditative walks I will often pass by people I have seen many times before, and mostly we will merely exchange a nod, or one or two words.
This isn’t because we are unhappy, morose, or impolite, it’s just that the English are men of few words.
In fact, most English men are content, happy, settled, and confident in body mind and spirit.
To be born an Englishman is to win first prize in the lottery of life. – Rudyard Kipling
England and America are not just two great nation’s separated by a common language, we are also separated by utterly different attitudes, cultures, manners, mores, and standards.