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What Does Your Smile Say About You?

What Does Your Smile Say About You?

Want to succeed in business, fill up your social calendar, and get more romance into your life? The secret is in your smile.

Your smile — simple, straightforward, and most important, sincere — can attract more than admiring looks. A smiling face gives others the impression that you’re an outgoing and intelligent person worth getting to know.

“When someone has a big smile, it shows they’re willing to open up and expose a part of themselves,” says Pamela McClain, DDS, president of the American Academy of Periodontology. Over the long term, smiling can benefit your health, social life, and romantic status. In this article, WebMD looks at smiles, the impressions they make, and conditions that can detract from a perfect smile.

Is That a Real Smile?

Smiling doesn’t always convey happiness. People sometimes smile when they feel angry, afraid, embarrassed, or confused. And smiles are often used for deception. By learning to read subtle facial cues, you can tell a true smile from an imitation.

Anyone can make the corners of their mouth curve up or down. But the muscles around the eyes can’t be forced to look happy. When people smile for real, their cheeks rise and the skin around their eyes bunches up. In Japan, where suppressing emotion is a cultural norm, people look at each other’s eyes to gauge emotion. By comparison, Americans look at the mouth to judge a person’s happiness or sorrow, and often miss important signals in the process.

Smiling Makes You Look Better

“A smile conveys confidence and professionalism,” says Lily T. Garcia, DDS, DDS, MS, FACP, president of the American College of Prosthodontists. People who project a positive outlook are generally more open and flexible. They tend to cope better with challenges than people who are withdrawn and unsmiling.

A study that followed a group of women for 30 years shows the lifetime benefits of smiling. The women who displayed genuinely happy smiles in their college yearbook photos went on to have happier marriages and greater well being.

In the same study, a group of strangers looked at the college photos and reported their assumptions about the women’s personalities. The women who smiled were judged to be more positive and competent than those who didn’t.

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