The importances of smiling

I love to smile and believe it is very important to do often . . . so I thought would do a little research into smiling and find out more about it. 

This is what I found out:

Why we should smile:
Smiling is good for our health
Smiling is contagious
Smiling makes others happy and brightens their day
Smiling exudes positivity
Smiling brings us closes to our friends and family
Smiling reduces stress and calms a person
Smiling helps us cope with situations
Smiling can lift a bad mood
Smiling makes a person beautiful
Smiling completes our outfit
Smiling brings about happiness
Smiling feels good
Smiling can help land you a job
Smiling is natural
Smiling can lead to laughter and that too is very good for you.
Smiling is free
Smiling is a universal language understood by all

So start smiling as it is very good for you, body and mind . . . 

Did you know that there are many different sorts of smiles (source):
  • Brittle smile — does not show real humour or happiness (forced smile)
  • Broad smile — is very wide, showing that a person is very happy
  • Cheesy smile — is very obvious but looks false
  • Gummy smile — shows lots of gum
  • Lazy smile — is slow and relaxed
  • Mirthless smile — expresses feelings such as anger or sadness
  • Set smile — which never changes and often hides a person’s real feelings
  • Thin smile — gives a thin smile, their lips move but the feeling is not sincere
  • Tremulous smile — it is not steady, for example because you are afraid or excited
  • Cheshire cat smile — silly smile
There are nice friendly smiles and there are unpleasant nasty smiles, do choose the right one!!

Words that describe a smile
. . . winning, shy, wide, sunshiny, sincere, seductive, sarcastic, sneering, sinister, sweet, welcoming, winsome, tight, tremulous, gap-toothed, un-self-conscious, smarmy, conceited, cautious, carefree, gracious, disarming, blasé,  happy-go-lucky, dazzling,  sparkling, lovely, loving, friendly, devilish, roguish,  disarming, malicious, malevolent, mischievous, impish, rascally, timid, meek, reluctant, courageous, brave, beautiful, beaming, glowing, incandescent . . .

I am sure you can think of more.

Not everyone likes to smiling:
Not everyone likes to smile or feels comfortable smiling. Those who are very shy can struggle with smiling as they don’t want to be noticed or attract attention by smiling. Some people are now less likely to smile at strangers due to mistrust in the community, this is really sad and with increased fears, this will only get worse. People suffering from depression can find smiling difficult when they are feeling down and isolated and often their smiles hide their true feelings.  We need to be more understand of these people and not force them to smile when life is getting them down. 

Then there are people who think they have ugly smiles so avoid smiling because they think it makes them look unattractive. But that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t smile at a person who is feeling sad,  lonely, shy or uncomfortable about smiling — just remember to make sure your smile is one of caring and kindness rather than a brittle or cheesy —  and make in genuine and from the heart. No one likes a fake smile.

Smiling is very important for our health and wellbeing and we should never put off a smile, in fact we should be smiling regularly throughout the day — even if there isn’t anyone else around. 

So the next time you're feeling down or out of sorts, try smiling. If you can't find a reason to smile, pop in a funny DVD, read a funny book, watch a cat YouTube clip (that works for me!) or call a friend or come see me as I will do my best to help you find a reason to smile!!

How many times have you smiled today?


  1. I remember, to my knowledge, of my first smile.
    The day I got braces ON my teeth!
    I was free to smile and not be ashamed to smile because of my teeth.
    I haven't stopped smiling!

    1. I can remember having braces and smiling with my mouth closed so no one would see the braces - in fact I don't think there are any photos of my as a teen with braces visible!!

  2. If we all smiled, the world would be a much friendlier place!
    P.S. Some gorgeous pics there!

    1. I agree which is why I try and smile at strangers!! Smiles are universal which is why these photos warm our hearts, different nationalities all smiling.

  3. Smiling is such a simple thing to do, but can bring so much joy and beauty to this world! :) I love seeing people smile! And it really is good for our health - especially if it is a genuine, cheerful smile.

    1. And there is no cost attached, completely free and brings so much joy!!

    2. Clara, you have a lovely smile. :-)

  4. My dad has told us for a long time that when someone smiles with their mouth but not their eyes that something is wrong, especially if the eyes look angry. It's curious to see this, and not a pleasant smile.

    This was an interesting topic. I try to smile at people in public places, especially at other ladies. It's sometimes discouraging how many people won't return a smile! In a few places I've been people actually acted almost afraid to smile back or totally ignored it. That was a really strange sensation. I like the fact that smiles can cross the language barrier. It's too bad that sometimes it still doesn't bring a positive response.

    1. I agree, I smile to people when in public and often get a blank look or look away as if afraid to smile at another stranger. I find older women are most likely to smile whereas younger people aren't as keen. I think the world would be a far better place if we all smiled a lot more. !!

  5. This is great and I was definitely smiling by the end of it. Just smiling at someone could really make their day and bless them and us. Thanks for sharing at Good Morning Mondays. Blessings

    1. Glad to "see" you smiling!!! It certainly makes my day so I know that smiling at others has a positive result for them too!! Have a great rest of week.

  6. Smiling is contagious! I love to give people daily smiles!

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