Smile - 3

Helllo Lifectioners,

So friends, this time we will talk about different types of smile. So, as to understand he psychology of smile. :p Taking my research on smile to a bit deep understanding version.

University of California San Francisco researcher Paul Ekman and his colleagues identified 19 different types of smiles. Categorized into two basic categories, polite “social” smiles engage only mouth muscles, and genuine, happy “felt” smiles activate muscles on both sides of the mouth and around the eyes. Felt smiles light up the left frontal cortex of the brain where pleasure is registered.
       University of California at Berkeley psychologists Dacher Keltner and Lee Ann Harker identified six basic types of smiles to express feelings. The last three turn on the enthusiasm switch. They are:

  •  POLITE Smile: We turn up both corners of our lips, but there's no engagement with our eyes. We give this type of smile to strangers. The polite smile is often used by politicians or others with a personal agenda.
  • ASYMMETRICAL Smile: We raise one side of our lips higher than the other. This is also referred to as a fake smile.
  •  EMBARRASSED Smile: We bend our heads forward a little, look away or down, and press our lips together when we smile. It’s used when we have made a mistake, overstepped our limits, or been caught doing something against the norm.
  • GENUINE Smile: Our lips raise up and part, our teeth may even show. Our eyes light up and  crow’s feet (tiny wrinkles that do have a grander purpose!) appear on our skin around the     edges of our eyes. A muscle under our eyes also lifts up. (For some people, it’s the best and only exercise they get all day!) It’s also known as the “Duchenne Smile,” named after an  18th century French neurologist who first reported on smiles of the will and smiles of the heart.
  • LOVING Smile: We tilt our heads toward others while we’re doing the GENUINE smile.
  • SYNCHRONIZED Smile: We do the GENUINE, LOVING smile and add a forward-leaning body movement toward the recipient, showing that we’re on the same wavelength. 
Physiologically and emotionally, a smile tells our brains that we are safe, that we fit in (or want to fit in), and that we can relax. When we smile at others, it sends a message of trust and good will. Consequently, we’re seen as open and approachable. 

Every time you smile at someone, it is an
action of love, a gift to that person, a
beautiful thing.
~Mother Teresa

If someone is checking you out, the best reply I found out -
"Whether it’s the grocery store, department store, restaurant, dry cleaner, office supply store, or gas station, I enjoy getting checked out (no, not that kind of “checked out,” although the older I get, the more appealing that sounds). When it’s my turn, I send out a big smile and attempt to make eye contact with the checkout person. Sometimes we become fast friends, discussing the latest gossip on the cover of the National Enquirer orThe Globe. "


Actions :-
1. Create your own Personal Smile Ritual
2. Turn your Smile into a joy machine

Give yourself a big smile in every mirror or window reflection you see yourself in. If you’re a really extroverted person, wave back. People will wonder what you’re up to, and most will smile and shake their heads. You might just make their day.

  • Keep a small spiral notebook with you for a day, or get a counter and click the number of smiles you make in a day. Aim for 50 genuine smiles.
  •  See how long you can hold a smile and eye contact with another person before you start laughing or have to look away. Work up to one minute.
  • Notice other people’s smiles, even if they’re off in the distance, and smile along with them to get in on the good feelings. Practice random acts of smiling.
  • Study your smile in the mirror. Spend a few minutes trying different smiles and then give yourself a genuine smile and hold it for 16 seconds.
  • Get involved in National Smile Week in August to promote dental health or participate in World Smile Day on October 4, which was started by Harvey Ball, who created the “Smiley Face.” (A simple drawing of a smiling face on a yellow background.) Follow his motto: “Do something kind. Make one person smile.”

  • How many times did you smile yesterday?
  • Who and what make you smile? List at least 10 people and things.
  • What was going on during a recent time when your smile made a big difference to someone else?
  • When has someone’s smile healed a hurt or dramatically affected your life? Who was that person?
  • Who are three service people you frequently see who could use an extra smile and a kind word from you?

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With all my love,


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