No matter what language barriers stand between us, a smile is a universal symbol of happiness and trustworthiness in regards to non-verbal communication.
A study performed in 2005 claims that getting a genuine, sincere smile may be more beneficial than getting money. In the words of Dr. David Lewis, the psychologist who analyzed these findings: "The powerful emotions triggered when someone important in our lives smiles at us and we smile back changes our brain chemistry. It creates what is termed a 'halo' effect that helps us remember other happy events more vividly, feel more optimistic, more positive, and more motivated."
In addition, endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor are released during the act of smiling, giving them the power to reduce stress. Likewise, it demonstrates sincerity, friendliness, and confidence. This is the reason why employers are more most likely to work with those who show full, truthful smiles during the interview process than candidates who had insincere smiles.
How can we tell if a smile is truthful or not? Most people can naturally sense this distinction when interacting with other people. When a person forces a smile, it typically doesn't reach their eyes and there typically is noticeable tension in the mouth muscles. A Duchenne smile is a term used for a genuine type of smile. A Duchenne smile is when our cheeks are moved upwards due to the lifting of the corners of our mouth, causing crow's feet to form at the corners of our eyes.
This is relatively interesting, wouldn't you agree? Something so simple as a smile can produce a positive impact on a person's life. Nevertheless, for some, smiling may be hard to do. Some people may be more hesitant in regards to showing their natural smiles, such as those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or similar problems. Due to this, these individuals run the risk of being misjudged as unapproachable, incompetent, and mean regardless of how they really are.
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