Smile is a very deceptive expression. In some ways it is even more powerful than tears. If you’re good at it then most people won’t be able to understand your mental state, but the people who know you will see all the need to.
Smile, they said. Always have a smile on your face.
I say show the whole range of emotions. But right now, we will talk about smile. When do we smile? Most people will answer when we’re happy.
What if I tell you that’s wrong. If you are deeply, emotionally happy, then you’re probably tearing up. We smile when we want to hide our pain. That is the truth no one will tell you. But of course, there are ways to find out which smiles are genuine and which ones are hiding sadness. Can’t teach that to someone, that is something you learn to understand.
Smile at someone and see how it changes there day. It is as contagious as a yawn. The only difference is society has taught itself to be alarmed by it. So please, don’t go around smiling at stranger’s faces.
Babies smile at the silliest things. If only they stayed innocent, they’d be smiling forever. As we grow up reasons to smile start reducing, and soon we’re looking for that one reason to smile at. So, today be the reason someone smiles because they can and they should.
Now the psychology behind it. How is smile as contagious as a yawn?
Well, I won’t answer that for you. Give it a try yourself and you’ll know it. Smile is a superpower all of us have but don’t know how to use it. It can do so many things.
It can spread joy.
It can deceive.
It can make people curious.
It makes people honest.
How Honest? Honesty is reflected through the eyes of a smiling face. Everything you want to know (except the reason of the smile, obviously) is in the eyes. True smile or fake smile. Just need to read it right.
According to Ron Gutman, the author of Smile: The Astonishing Powers of a Simple Act, “British researchers found that one smile can generate the same level of brain stimulation as up to 2,000 bars of chocolate.”
So remember, a smile is never just a smile.