Friday, April 04, 2014

Monalisa's Smile


In physiology, a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth, but also around the eyes. Among humans, it is customarily an expression of pleasure or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety. There is much evidence that smiling is a normal reaction to certain stimuli and occurs regardless of culture. Many studies indicate that smiling is an innate reaction, as children blind from birth smile; however feral children generally do not smile, perhaps lending evidence to the contrary. Among animals, the exposure of teeth, which may bear a resemblance to a smile, are often used as a threat - known as a snarl - or a sign of submission.
Smiling not only changes a facial expression, but can also make the
brain produce endorphins which reduces physical and emotional pain, and give a greater sense of well-being.
Types of Smile
Researchers have identified a number of different types of smiles.

The "Duchenne smile", after the researcher Guillaume Duchenne, is the most studied, and involves the movement of both the zygomaticus major muscle near the mouth and the orbicularis oculi muscle near the eyes. It is believed that the Duchenne smile is only produced as an involuntary response to genuine emotion, and is therefore what one could call the "genuine" smile. However, some sources say that "pretending" to smile can eventually put you in a good mood, and therefore "fake" can be a good thing.

The "Pan American smile", on the other hand, is the voluntary smile involving only the zygomatcus major muscle to show
politeness; for example, by a flight attendant on the former airline of the same name. Considered "insincere", this type of smile has also been called the "Professional Smile".

Now, let us observe the following smile and identify which one is genuine:
Notice the following facts about smiling:
  • 72% of people think of those who smile frequently as being more confident and successful.
  • 86% of people say that they are more likely to strike up conversations with strangers if they are smiling.
  • Bosses are 12% more likely to promote people who smile a lot.
  • Research shows that 65% of communication is non-verbal (many claim an even higher percentage).
  • Non-verbal communication comprises facial expressions, eye movement, gestures, posture, and all other bodily signs-primarily facial expressions.
  • The effects of a smile are so powerful that even a smile on the telephone produces positive results.
  • When someone comes into a room, people are automatically drawn to their face, and a smile provides a warm greeting.
  • Studies show that happiness is a by-product of smiling, not the other way around as most people assume.
  • Research shows that when two people in conversation use the same kind of body movements and gestures (such as smiling), they will experience greater empathy for each other, which they may not even consciously notice.
The Value of Your Smile

Has anyone ever unexpectedly smiled at you when you were having a bad day or weren't in the best of moods? How did it make you feel? Didn't it make you feel better?
  1. The following are a few points on why you should do the same, and share your smile with others:
    A picture is worth a thousand words. So also does a smile convey more emotion than words can.
  2. Smiling makes others feel welcome, special and appreciated.
  3. You can brighten up someone's day.
  4. A smile has the power of melting away insecurities and troubles people may have.
Try it out and see for yourself! You will find that almost every person you smile at will return the gesture. The hardest part is usually being the first person to smile.

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