No matter the language we speak, smiles are a universal symbol of happiness and dependability in terms of non-verbal interaction.
A research study performed in 2005 claims that getting an authentic, sincere smile might be even more beneficial than receiving cash. In the words of Dr. David Lewis, the psychologist who examined 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."
Also, endorphins and a stress-managing hormone called Brain-Derived Neurotrophic Factor are releasing during the physical act of smiling, giving smiles the power to lower stress. A real smile additionally demonstrates friendliness, self-confidence, and sincerity. This is the reason why employers are more likely to hire those who present real, truthful smiles throughout the interview process than candidates whose smiles don't feel sincere.
But how does someone know if a smile is truthful or not? Most of us can naturally sense the difference when interacting with other people. When someone forces a smile, there often is tension in the muscles around the mouth and it generally does not reach the person's eyes. A genuine smile is called a Duchenne smile. This smile is when the mouth's corners lift, pressing our cheeks upwards and forming crow's feet at the corners of our eyes.
It's interesting; something as simple as a smile can be responsible for a meaningful impact on each of our lives. However, for some, smiling may be hard to do. Those who struggle with dental complications, like tooth decay, missing teeth, or similar issues, may be hesitant in regards to showing their natural smiles. Because of this, they run the risk of being perceived as mean, unapproachable, and incompetent even when they're not.
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