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All About Smiling

By Winsome Coutts

All About Smiling

Smiling hints, famous quotes about a smile – ‘A smile is something you can't give away; it always comes back to you’, what muscles do you use to smile? – it’s all here – all about smiling.

"Smiling is infectious,
You can catch it like the flu.
Someone smiled at me today,
And I started smiling too."

Author Unknown

What muscles do you use to smile?


Usually 4 and about 35 to frown: though the number of muscles seems to vary depending on who you ask, but the fact is it takes many more muscles to frown.
Now you know how many muscles to frown or smile, smiling seems by far the best option.

All About Smiling


• Smiling is the same for all races. No matter where you are in the world a smile is understood as an expression of happiness and joy
• You can even feel happier when you have a fake smile. You actually feel more optimistic, more positive about yourself and the world.
• Women smile more often than men
• There is some disparity about how many muscles to frown or smile. Numbers vary - it takes as few as five pairs of facial muscles and as many as all 53 to smile
• In any case you use considerably fewer muscles to smile than you use to frown
• Some animals appear to smile
• A smile is the most frequently used facial expression
• Researcher Guillaume Duchenne says a genuine smile is produced as an involuntary response to genuine emotion, and is therefore what one could call the "genuine" smile
• Babies reserve special smiles (Duchenne smiles of joy and happiness) for their loved ones
• All babies are born with the ability to smile. Babies don’t copy smiling, even babies who are born blind smile
• A newborn baby shows a preference for a smiling face over a non-smiling face
• Did you know that women smile more than men
• People who smile appear to be more approachable – a welcoming smile helps people to feel more at ease
• Smiling is good for you health. Smiling can affect your emotional state, which in turn can have an impact on your physical and mental health
• Older American males do not smile as often as younger people
• When you smile you release endorphins which makes you feel better
• We judge a person who smiles to be more sincere, pleasant, sociable, and competent than a non-smiling person
• We are attracted to people who smile - people are attracted to us. Smile!
• There are 18 different kinds of smile used in a wide variety of social situations
• A researcher who studies laughter is called a ‘gelotologist’
• You appear more attractive if you smile – you start off on the ‘right foot’ in any communication with others if you smile
• People are able to differentiate between the ‘genuine’ (Duchenne) smile of joy and happiness and the polite social smile – we can tell if a smile is genuine or fake.
How good are you at knowing a genuine smile from a fake one?


Take this Smile Test


WE all give the ‘polite/fake’ smile from time to time.
I certainly do – in the elevator, on the street, in the grocery store.
Take this interactive Quiz



The Smile Test, has been designed by the BBC to find out how good you are at telling the difference between a real and a fake smile.
Don’t forget to press the ‘action’ button to see the smiles.
Click here to go to The Smile Test.


Smiling Hints


• Smile at work – do it consciously several times a day. You may notice that at the end of the day, it seems to have been a good day overall.
• Smiles Are Contagious – when you give one away you will get it back, and you will both enjoy the side effect.
• A smile can make other people feel a bit happier. Your smile has the power to make other people feel good about themselves. Give away heart-warning smiles often
• Smile genuinely – smile with your eyes!. You know ‘the smile on the dial of the crocodile’, or ‘the smile on the face of the tiger’; don’t let those be yours. When you feel it genuinely and it will come out naturally.
• Make your smile a ‘little compliment’. Your smile can be silently acknowledging someone for something, something you admire about them. When you tell them with a genuine smile you will lift their spirits.
• Smile at Strangers. I know your mother told you not to, but try it anyway. As you walk along a busy street and smile at a stranger, they may smile back and the person behind you will get the smile too – and pass it on. Pretty soon you may have created a whole street of smiles.
• Smile fully. Think about your smile when you are in the street, at the checkout. These are often times when we just give a polite smile. Think about making it a full-on smile, and see what happens.
• For a few days jot down a list of the things that make you smile – take a look at that list from time to time during the day.

Find Lasting Inner Peace, Joy and Love


Smiling Quotes


"Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important"
Janet Lane

"If you smile when no one else is around, you really mean it"
Andy Rooney

"The shortest distance between two people is a smile"
Author Unknown

"Most smiles are started by another smile"
Author Unknown

"Smile - sunshine is good for your teeth"
Author Unknown

"Peace begins with a smile"
Mother Teresa

"A smile is something you can't give away; it always comes back to you"
Author Unknown

"A smile is a curve that sets everything straight"
Phyllis Diller

"Before you put on a frown, make absolutely sure there are no smiles available"
Jim Beggs

"A smile is an inexpensive way to change your looks"
Charles Gordy

"Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been"
Mark Twain

"Smiling is my favorite exercise"
Author Unknown

"You're never fully dressed without a smile"
Martin Charnin

"Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing"
Mother Teresa

"Every day you spend without a smile, is a lost day"
Author Unknown

"Smile - it increases your face value"
Author Unknown

"A smile is the universal welcome"
Max Eastman

"Wear a smile - one size fits all"
Author Unknown

"Keep smiling - it makes people wonder what you've been up to"
Author Unknown

"A smile is the light in the window of your face that tells people you're at home"
Author Unknown

"A smile is a powerful weapon; you can even break ice with it"
Author Unknown

Learn about Life Happiness from Mike Dooley

"It's through the pursuit of my goals and dreams that I learn my lessons and even greater secrets about life and myself. As far as fun and meaning go in my life today, by most standards I've been doing pretty well..." - Taken from Mike Dooley's bio at www.tut.com

I believe Mike Dooley is a true master when it comes to life and happiness.

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