Posted by: Bevs | October 3, 2006

Essence of Smiling

I want to smile to let the whole word know that Im happy with my life.”~~~Bevs

If you pass by someone you don’t know who smiles at you what would you do? Would you smile back or ignore?

Friend, there’s nothing we can lose if we smile. Smile is just a simple thing yet has a great meaning and give wonderful feeling. If somebody smiles at you whoever he/she is…Smile back! Trust me…You’ll have a relieve feeling…

According to wikipedia, physiology states that, a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth, but also around the eyes. Smiling not only changes a facial expression, but can also make the brain produce endorphins which reduce physical and emotional pain, and give a greater sense of well-being.

There are also types of smile to consider:

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. An example of the smile is shown in the girl’s smile at the top of the page. 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. Due to the involvement of the muscle near the eyes, it is sometime said that one can tell whether or not a smile is “real” by whether or not it “reaches the eyes”.
  • The “Pan American smile”, on the other hand, is the voluntary smile involving only the zygomaticus 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” by David Foster Wallace in his comedic short story A Supposedly Fun Thing I’ll Never Do Again”.
  • During the 1988 Summer Olympics (Games of the XXIV Olympiad) held in Seoul, the South Korean government made smiling a national decree for its citizens.

It is true what the song “Smile” by Westlife goes

“That’s the time you must keep on trying
Smile, what’s the use of crying?
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile”



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