Happy smiles, genuine smiles – we all smile. Regardless of the type of smile, a smile can reveal a lot about a person. For example, let’s say two individuals are engaged in a conversation. If a person constantly smiles for no reason at all, that’s a sign he/she is nervous about something.
When a person hides a smile, that may be a sign of shyness or insecurity. Then there are those who go to great lengths to avoid smiling due to the poor condition of their teeth.
A person with good oral health never hides a bright smile. When you walk into a room and greet people with a bright and healthy smile, it is more memorable than someone who hides a set of discolored teeth. A healthy smile boosts your level of confidence and people will take notice.
Believe it or not, smiling also has quite a few health benefits. Smiling regularly can lower high blood pressure. The strong effects of smiling can relieve pain and stress. You may be able to extend your life, according to health experts. Most of us do not think about the benefits of smiling. We experience the health effects without even noticing.
Here are a few types of smiles:
A Winning Smile: This type of smile occurs naturally whenever a person succeeds in life. For example, when you receive a promotion or complete a challenging task.
Okay-Thank-You-Bye Smile: You’re trying hard to be polite, but you are busy or you just want to be left alone. A good example of this is when you respond with a smile, so a person will leave you alone. This type of smiler will smile then say something like, “Wow, that’s wonderful! Okay-thank-you-bye!”
The Fake Smile: Fake smiles are often used to cover up our negative emotions. They are used when we want to give someone the impression we are happy, but we’re really not.
Scenario: you’ve been standing on line at a cafe for an extremely long time. All you want to do is grab a beverage and go. The person in front of you can’t seem to make up his mind on what to order. After placing the order, he turns to you and apologizes for the long wait. A fake smile suddenly appears on your face before you respond with: “No problem!” But, you really want to say: “Okay-thank-you-bye!”
Fact: Did you know that faking a smile is considered unhealthy? Fake smiling causes unnecessary tension within the body, according to Brent Scott, Ph.D., a professor from Eli Broad College of Business at Michigan State University. He suggests thinking about something positive while smiling to avoid tension.
So, if you were to use this tactic in the previous scenario, I guess you would think about all the positive emotions you will feel once you drink your beverage?
The Old Friend Smile: An old friend smile is used when you haven’t seen a someone for a long time. Your face brightens up as you smile. Your expression is telling the person that you are happy to see him/her. No fake smiles here! This smile is genuine.
The Face Hurts Smile: This type of smile is used when you’re so happy that your face hurts when you smile. All you need is a break from smiling so the pain will go away. We need to experience more smiles of this kind in the world we live in today!
A Stranger Smile: A stranger smile is used when you pass someone on the street or you walk into a room filled with strangers. So, you give a stranger a hello smile.
Lastly, smiling is not only healthy, it can also increase a person’s earning power. A study was published in the journal Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences (2012) about the positive effects of smiling in relation to a person’s earning potential.
In the study, researchers discovered that happy teenagers earned approximately 10% more annually at the age of 29 compared to those who were always negative in their teenage years. The negative teens earned 30% less.
Whether you are young or old, it never hurts to put a smile on your face. Well, that’s unless you’re so happy that your face hurts from smiling so hard!