A smile is a facial expression formed primarily by flexing the muscles at the sides of the mouth. Some smiles include a contraction of the muscles at the corner of the eyes, an action known as a “Duchenne smile”. Smiles performed without the eye contraction can be perceived as fake.A smile seems to have a favorable influence upon others and makes one likable and more approachable. This is the reason behind each smile you get from a receptionist at the hotel, or from a flight attendant.
However in the social context, smiling and laughter have different functions in the order of sequence in social situations.
Smiling is not a pre-laughing device. Just because we smile does not mean we intend to laugh although a smile is a common pattern for paving the way to laughter. Smiling can be used as a response to laughter in the previous turn.Smiling is a signalling system that evolved from a need to communicate information of many different forms. It could be the air hostess welcoming you aboard, or in some other cases, it could even be an advertisement of sexual interest.
Social Aspects of Smiling
There are some social aspect of smiling among humans, smiling is an expression denoting pleasure, sociability, happiness, or amusement. It is distinct from a similar but usually involuntary expression of anxiety known as a grimace. Although cross-cultural studies have shown that smiling is a means of communication throughout the world, there are large differences between different cultures, with some using smiles to convey confusion or embarrassment. Social smiling normally develops very early in life and babies will smile between 6 and 8 weeks of age as they develop their social
Benefits of Smiling
Emotional, Physiological, Psychological and Social
You have often heard it said even seen it happen, that when you see a person yawn, you start to yawn too. It appears to be a hard coded reex. In the same way as a yawn is ‘contagious’ so too can we pass on or receive the ten points of benefits listed below as direct effects of smiling or seeing a smile.
Smiling Makes Us Attractive
We are drawn to people who smile. There is an attraction factor. We want to know a smiling person and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push people away but a smile draws them in. When you smile you are viewed as attractive reliable, relaxed and sincere. Smiling is just one way to look younger, and a fun way to live longer.
Smiling Relieves Stress
Stress can really show up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. Believe it or not, smiling can reduce stress even if you don’t feel like smiling or know you’re smiling! When you are stressed, take time to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better able to take action. The act of smiling activates the release of neuropeptides what work to ward of stress.
Smiling Changes Our Mood
Next time you are feeling down, try putting on a smile. There’s a good chance your mood will change for the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your mood. There is magic in your smile. Release the magic. Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but other times your smile can be the source of your joy…Tiich Nhat Hanh
Smiling Is Contagious
When someone is smiling they lighten up the room, change the moods of others and make things happier. A smiling person brings happiness with them. Smile lots and you will draw people to you. Smile and the world smiles with you. In fact, a charming smile from the air hostess or a reservation agent may just be all you needed to have a smile filled day.
Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smiling helps the immune system to work better. When you smile, immune function improves possibly because you are more relaxed. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling.
Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
When you smile, the feel good neurotransmitters dapomine, endorphin and serotonin are all released. This not only relaxes your body but it can cause a reduction in your blood pressure.
Smiling Releases Endorphin, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin
Studies have shown that smiling releases endorphin, natural pain killers, and serotonin as mentioned already. The endorphin are a natural pain reliever , 100% organic and without potential negative side effects of synthetic concoctions. The serotonin serves as a natural anti-depressant and mood lifter. Together these three make us feel good. Smiling is a natural drug.
Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger
The muscles we use to smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go for a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day – you’ll look younger and feel better.
Smiling Makes You Seem Successful
Smiling people appear more condent, are more likely to be promoted, and more likely to be approached. Put on a smile at meetings and appointments and people will react to you differently.
Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Try this test: Smile. Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry by smiling.