Do You Smile? A Fascination or a State?

It is not uncommon for smiles to be interpreted as signs of joy or happiness. Smiles are also commonly interpreted as expressions of sorrow, frustration or bewilderment. However, a smile can also mean many other things, some of which are more important than others. In this article, I will explore a few of the more important meanings of a smile. Hopefully by the time you’ve finished reading this, you will have some understanding about the many different meanings that your smile can have.


The Smile. A simple smile, maybe just a smile of approval or acknowledgment, but one which is fully functional and appropriate. The human smile is probably one of the most beautiful and well-preserved displays of emotion out there can create. A simple smile can mean a lot to someone who is very shy around others and doesn’t feel like expressing their true feelings. The smile can also mean a lot to someone who needs a little extra cheering up in tough times or a time when their inner “cheerleading” coach is calling the shots.

The Smile. A smile can mean a lot of things, but typically it is an indication that you are pleased or surprised at how good or great someone is. Smiles are often indicative of guilt, shame or discomfort. When someone smiles at you, it is likely that they are pleased with your company, happy to see you, or even thinking of you as someone who can do them a favor.

The Guilt. When someone is feeling angry or guilty their brain tends to send a signal to their mouth and teeth. That signal includes a grimace or tenseness, indicating that something is wrong. A genuine smile reduces the effect of this “grimacing” behavior by removing the negative interpretation from their face and reducing the amount of negativity in their brain.

The Teeth. Smiling helps prevent tooth decay. Studies have shown that smiling causes the gums to stay healthier than those who are not smiling. In addition, children who smile more at their parents find it easier to get good grades. A smile may be as easy as chewing gum or smiling broadly and the smile may even be seen as an extension of affection.

The Fascinating Features. Scientists have studied the “frown” and the “smile” to understand how these two facial expressions affect our physiology. In a recent study, participants were shown a smiley face while their brains were hooked up to a device that detected the movement of their facial muscles. When the participants Smile, their brains showed activity in the front part of their brain, compared to when they frowned. A similar pattern was observed when participants held a hand up to their nose while monitoring the muscles in the mouth.

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