4.03.2007

Smile Awhile

My boyfriend sent me a card about smiling yesterday and it prompted me to a) smile and b) blog about it.

Here are the top ten things to learn about smiles today:



  • A smile is a universal expression of happiness and recognised as such by all cultures

  • A smile is the most frequently used facial expression. It takes as few as five pairs of facial muscles and as many as all 53 to smile

  • Smiling releases endorphins and makes us feel better

  • Even 'faking' a smile can lead to feeling happier

  • People are born with the ability to smile (even blind babies smile)

  • Babies reserve special smiles (Duchennes smiles of joy and happiness) for their loved ones

  • A newborn shows a preference for a smiling face over a non-smiling face

  • There are 18 different kinds of smile used in a variety of social situations

  • Human beings can differentiate between the 'felt' smile and the social smile – 'it's in the eyes' (literally)

  • A person who studies laughter is called a 'gelotologist'
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    3 Comments:

    Blogger Tara said...

    "A person who studies laughter is called a 'gelotologist'"

    Where do they get those names? Can't they be called laughologists? Or giggleologists? And how does one obtain that job title, anyway? Do you get a degree in psychiatry and then branch out?

    3/4/07 12:05  
    Blogger k_sra said...

    I want to be a giggleologist! : )

    3/4/07 13:11  
    Anonymous normzone said...

    Did you know that google only gives two hits for duchennes smiles, and your blog is one of them?

    vzkixg - a smile only by the eyes

    3/4/07 15:30  

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