You are no doubt familiar with the phrase of “the eyes are the windows on the sole.” While the statement is on the right track, “the sole window” must include “the smile.” You can tell far more about a person from their smile.
According to Marianne LaFrance, author of “Lip Service: Smiles in Life, Death, Trust, Lies, Work, Memory, Sex, and Politics,” knowing how to read a smile can be very eye opening.
Real versus Fake? In a real smile, the cheeks rise and crow’s feet appear. In a fake smile, only the mouth is involved. Also, a real smile comes onto the face in a relaxed way and stays only a few seconds. A fake smile looks like it’s snapped on and is held in place too long.
What’s the difference between a smile and a smirk? Authentic smiles are symmetrical. Both sides of the mouth curve up equally. A smirk is asymmetrical—the curve is more pronounced on one side. It communicates contempt, says LaFrance.
Men versus Women’s smiles? Women smile more than men. They also have larger smile muscles, which has led scientists to ponder whether women smile more because of their face muscles or if those muscles are developed because women are encouraged to smile more. As a note: Women are also much better at reading a smile.
Does Botox have any effect on smiling? Botox can paralyze the muscles involved in real smiles. During a genuine smile, the hormone oxytocin is released, causing a feeling of well-being. You can’t get this from a fake smile… Botox or no Botox!
In the case of a genuine smile…faking it until you make it….is a lot like wearing clear lip gloss…why even bother?
Beauty is easy…once you know the tricks!
Susie Galvez 😉 (grin)