Everytime you smile at someone, it is an action of love, a gift to that person, a beautiful thing.




A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.

Secrets of the Smile

French physician Guillaume Duchenne (1806-1875) cracked the secret of the smile in 1862 by applying electricity to the faces of his subjects and photographing the results. He found that an artificial smile used only the large muscles on each side of the face, the zygomatic major, while a genuine smile, induced by a joke, involved the muscles running through the eyes, obicularis oculi, as well. The resulting effect is a visible wrinkling around the corners of the eyes that lies outside voluntary control. In research circles, a genuine smile is still known as a ‘Duchenne Smile’ while a fake smile is a ‘Pan Am Smile’ after the air hostesses in the defunct airline’s adverts.
Duchenne described the fake smile as, ‘The expression which can be both a simple smile of politeness, or act as a cover to treason. The smile that plays upon just the lips when our soul is sad.’
He seems to have been right. In the late 1950s, 141 female students at Mills College in California agreed to a long-term psychological study. Over the next 50 years they provided reports on their health, marriage, family life, careers and happiness. In 2001 two psychologists at Berkeley examined their college yearbook photos and noticed a rough 50/50 split between those showing a Duchenne or Pan Am smile. On revisiting the data it was found that those with a Duchenne smile were significantly more likely to have married and stayed married, and to have been both happier and healthier throughout their lives.
This was reinforced by a 2010 study of 1950s US baseball players. Those with honest grins lived an average of seven years longer than players who didn't smile for the camera and five years longer than players who smiled unconvincingly. 

Smiling Tips

Numerous studies have shown that happy eaters are bigger tippers, and that making the customer happy need not depend solely on the quality of food or drink. In one French study, bar staff left a card with each bill. Half the cards showed an advert for a nightclub, while the other half had a joke written on them. The customers who received the joke gave better tips. Similarly, it has been shown that tips increase when a smiley face is drawn or a ‘Thank You’ is written on the bill.
The personal touch is a key weapon in the waiter’s armoury, with tipping shown to increase dramatically when waiters introduce themselves by name, or refer to customers by name. One study took a more literal approach and saw positive results when waitresses had been trained to touch diners on the palm for exactly 1.5 seconds on delivering the bill. 

Smiley Face

The yellow smiley face, much loved by the acid house ravers and Emoticon-addicts was invented by an insurance company.
There are three claimants. Harvey Ball, a graphic artist from Massachussetts, claims he first designed the logo and had it printed on buttons and given out around the offices of the State Mutual insurance company to improve morale after a merger in 1963.
An adman from Seattle, David Sterns, says he devised the sign in 1967 as part of an advertisement campaign for financial services firm, Washington Mutual.
Unfortunately neither Ball nor Stern patented the image, but a French designer, Franklin Loufrani (who claimed to design the image for his newspaper Smiley News in 1971), did. And he called it ‘Smiley’. By 1972, 50 million Smiley buttons had been created. Today, the logo has 96.5% awareness among persons aged between 8 and 24 and has generated over £1 billion in license income for Loufrani’s Smiley World company (Harvey Ball’s earnings didn’t stretch beyond his $45 design fee).
In 2008 Loufrani successfully asserted his rights to the image against US retail giant Walmart who had used it on their uniforms since 1996 (oddly, the Walmart chief spokesman at the time was John Simley (sic)). Loufrani failed, however, in attempting to register the right half of the Smiley-mouth as a separate trademark in the EU.

No one smiles in the Bible.

The word ‘quack’ is funnier than the word ‘moo' because saying it makes you smile.

Babies smile in REM sleep before the development of social smiling when awake. This is known as 'smiling at the angels'.


People are less likely to shoot at you if you smile at them.


Chinese & Japanese emoticons are like this: ^_^ (happy) and ;_; (sad) rather than this: :) and :(  because they use the eyes rather than the mouth when reading someone’s emotional state.   

DR. SEUSS (1904-91)

Don't cry because it's over, smile because it happened.

It takes fewer muscles to frown that to smile.

In 1852, artist Luc Maspero killed himself because he couldn't work out the secret of Mona Lisa's smile.

According to a 2005 study, seeing a smile makes your brain as happy as eating 2,000 chocolate bars or being given £16,000.

Sardonic grin

Homer coined the term ‘sardonic grin’ to describe ceremonial killings that supposedly took place in Sardinia.

Phoenician colonists gave an intoxicating potion to criminals that put a smile on their face. They were then dropped from a high rock or beaten to death, smiling all the time. 

Etiquette of Smiling

According to a Texas Tech guide on studying abroad: ‘Germans, and Europeans in general, might seem rude to most Americans.  They smile less frequently than Americans, not because they are unfriendly, but because “unnecessary” smiling is considered superficial and insincere.’
As the Korean saying goes, ‘He who smiles a lot is not a real man.’

Babies smile in REM sleep before the development of social smiling when awake. This is known as 'smiling at the angels'.

A study at the University of Wurzburg showed people enjoy comedy more when they are holding a pencil between their teeth.