Fake smiles, genuine smiles. What makes you smile?
“Smile and the world smiles with you.”
Research indicates there is some truth to this statement. People react to a smile. However, not all smiles are created equal. We are not as likely to smile back to the polite, fake smile.
A real smile is known as a Duchenne smile, named after the French physician Guillaume Duchenne, who determined that when people smile politely only their zygomatic muscles move, pulling the corners of their lips upward.
In a genuine smile, the eye muscles move too, causing crinkling at the corners of the eyes. And the eyebrows dip slightly at the ends. Simply put, in a real smile the eyes smile too.
(Can you can tell the difference between a fake and a genuine smile? Try this BBC quiz.)
Smiling comes naturally when we’re happy. Studies suggest that the physical act of putting on a smile is a mood booster.
Many things make me smile. Here are a sample:
- A child skipping down the street
- A baby’s giggle
- The sound of the first geese returning in spring
- >Photographs of my daughter as a young girl
- Blowing bubbles
- Some pieces of music
Every time you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing. ∼Mother Teresa