Why We Smile

I try to smile a lot.

I didn’t used to. In college, I was that philosophy guy who was really serious and deep and looked depressed. I thought it was cool and mysterious and everyone would be attracted to the cool, mysterious guy (especially women).

It wasn’t that successful.

I think that’s because people want to be around fun, happy people.

We don’t always admit it but it’s key to what we do. Who we promote at work. Who we recommend. Who we buy from.

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Profile Photo Kathleen Smith

Smiling is easier on the whole body and is actually a no-brainer. I seem to remember “long ago” a phrase going around that it took more muscles to frown that it did to smile. Smiling uplifts the spirit, releases tension in the face and neck, and makes those around you feel better.

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Profile Photo AJ Malik

It is important to keep in mind how much social interaction plays in the role of a smile. For example, feral children, who live in isolation from human contact, unaware of human social behavior and language, generally do not smile. Although smiling is usually a reflex to positive emotions, it also serves as a social communications role, a universal facial expression of receptiveness, happiness/joy, excitement or even out of the ordinary ridiculousness.

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