Why Are Smiles Important in Communication?
A happy smile can be the difference between a good mood and a grumpy one. Smiles help us communicate with each other. They also have powerful psychological effects on the people who witness them. They can increase one’s self-confidence and reduce social stress. The Power of a Smile offers some simple techniques to improve your smile.
A smiling face is created mainly by flexing the facial muscles behind the teeth. Some smiles form an involuntary contraction of those muscles in the corners of the mouth, also called a Dotties smile. The smile that these people create has a much nicer expression than a forced smile or one that is not relaxed. These involuntary smiles are a result of tension in the facial muscles behind the teeth.
Facial muscles to relax during sleep, which accounts for why we often wake up smiling. While we sleep our facial expressions are also relaxed and our breathing pattern is relaxed. When you smile while you are sleeping, it seems that your smile is more genuine because it feels so real. People that smile when they are asleep do not feel as though they are smiling to themselves, but they usually are just unconsciously making eye contact with someone else.
An unhappy smile may also be due to an underlying cause, such as a crooked or broken tooth, worn fillings, or a misaligned jaw. Each of these conditions can create a misaligned bite, causing the teeth to push together at an odd angle. This pushes the teeth together so that there is no room for the teeth to overlap. Over time the teeth can grow in this way, sometimes resulting in a cracked smile if the condition is severe. This condition may require immediate treatment by a dentist, but in most cases can be fixed by regular brushing and flossing.
Another possible reason for the misalignment of our teeth is our facial expressions. Each of us have facial expressions that are wired into our brains and use those facial expressions to decide whether to smile or not. If you frown your mouth opens wider, giving you a wider smile if you smile. If you smile you mouth closes, giving you a depressed look.
It is also very interesting how our body language affects our smile, as well. If you are talking with someone and they are not smiling back at you, is this good time to smile? It seems that when you want to make a good impression on someone else, you need to be able to smile at them. In fact, the smile you show them while speaking with them determines how they will respond to your company. It is very clear that facial expressions are very important in communication and, as such, should be given extra consideration when trying to determine the right time to smile.