A smile can often make a significant difference in someone’s day. How often does it happen that you are having a rough day and then one of your kids runs by fighting imaginary bad guys with a huge grin on his face and you can’t help but smile back? Doesn’t that immediately brighten your own day? This power of a simple facial expression can convey so many feelings for yourself and those around you. A smile tells others more about you than just simple words, and it can help you feel more confident and happy.
What Do Different Types of Smiles Say to Others?
Body language makes up much of what we actually have to say and smiling is at the forefront of communicating true meaning. A tight-lipped smile may be one of the most common types of smiling because it is one of the easiest to actually execute. But it’s also one of the easiest to fake. This is a smile that we give to just be polite to another person. It can express reservations about a setting, a person or it may just mask your true emotions. It may also just be that you feel self-conscious about your own smile. Whatever the case may be, smiling with only your lips indicates to others you are hiding something.
On the other side of the coin, a full smile with your teeth exposed will show others that you are comfortable around them. It is more inviting and shows that you are genuinely happy with the situation. A large smile says that you are accepting and you will appear honest and trustworthy. It also tells others that you are comfortable with yourself. Studies have also shown that people who smile more often are of high social influence and power.
Smile with Your Eyes
Some people worry about “crow’s feet” or “laugh lines” showing up in their face around the corners of their eyes. But true, genuine smiles make the muscles around your eyes bunch up at the corners. You can’t force those muscles to look happy because it is merely a natural reaction. Your eyes are the gateway to the soul and those corner muscles around your eyes are the gateway to your true emotions. The happier you are, the more genuine smiles you’ll give and people around you will appreciate those laugh lines and see you as a genuine, positive and loving individual.