I Can Tell if You’re Truly Smiling

Genuine reactions are revealed beyond the mask

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Can they tell I’m smiling?

Let’s find out.

Smiling is essential

Smiling is an expression of emotion. We use this action to convey happiness as much as we do to comfort and reassure others. Smiles can express empathy and sympathy, calm anxiety, excitement, and humor. We also use them to ease our own pain.

Different types of smiles

There are five types of smiles. Only one is recognizable from behind a face covering.

  1. An uncomfortable smile is often used to cover up real feelings. When someone says or does something inappropriate, we may smile to avoid telling them what we really think. This is common in professional environments.
  2. The seductive smile is used in conjunction with direct eye contact. Think of any classic movie scene of a woman sitting at the bar, hoping to catch a man’s attention. She’s thinking, hey, want to buy me a drink?
  3. Sarcastic smiles are often accompanied by a rolling of the eyes. I’m an expert at identifying this one because my husband thinks he’s so smart.
  4. The Duchenne smile is the most authentic expression of the five. It’s a positive upturn of the corners of the mouth in conjunction with the narrowing of the eyes. If a smile produces crow’s feet around the eyes, it’s likely genuine.

Support your smile

Not sure if your eyes are conveying your sincerity? Reinforce the sentiment.

Give your brain some happiness

These days, it’s easy to retain focus on the negative. But just as a happy brain makes you smile, smiling makes your mind happy! And genuine happiness is contagious.

Avid writer, marketer & business consultant. // Reward yourself a little every day. 🆆🅾🆁🅺 + 🅻🅸🅵🅴 🅱🅰🅻🅰🅽🅲🅴

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