What's in a smile?

What's in a smile?

A smile is one of the most expressive things on a person's face, but like tone of voice they carry different connotations. Which one is your default smile?

1. The "Polite" Smile

What's in a smile?

Typically closed mouthed, but varies from person to person. This is the smile you give when politely acknowledging strangers, also a smile you give to someone you are forced to be nice to or when rejecting someone. Unfortunately, a lot of people have a hard time distinguishing my "polite" smile from my genuine one.

2. The "Dreamy" Smile

What's in a smile?

This smile is one you see when somebody's "smitten." You see this look in a couple's honeymoon phase a lot, or maybe when they develop a mild obsession for a crush. The look when they are on cloud 9 and often times talk in circles and forget to do their damn job ;)

3. The "Crooked" Smile

What's in a smile?

The Crooked smile is one of my favorite smiles <3. It either means you are going through something negative in your life but smiling as a way to soldier on, or it can mean a little mischief headed your way!

4. The "Strained" Smile

What's in a smile?

Much like the "polite" smile but with poorer acting skills. This person obviously does not like you or you make them uncomfortable. This is for when people are caught in an awkward postion they can't get out of easily. Sometimes hard to detect, so make sure you pay attention to the stiffness in their posture or overall body language. Pleeease .

5. The "Smirk"

What's in a smile?

Do you ever get the feeling of satisfaction when Karma hits someone? Or something inappropriately hilarious happens and you try not to laugh? Sometimes this smile could even be considered "condescending".

6. The "Creepy" Smile

What's in a smile?

You know that one smile that looks slick and oily and sometimes looks like a Glasgow smile without the blood or scars? It's the smile they will make normal people's skin crawl. We've all encountered at least one creep in our lives, unless you ARE the creep.

7. The "Genuine" Smile

What's in a smile?

This one makes others feel warm and fuzzy inside :) Who can resist a charming wide mouthed smile exposing those pearly whites and making those pretty eyes crinkle? Pretty hard to fake this one, unless you were brought up to please people.


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  • 14 d ago

    I really enjoyed reading this Take, thank you for writing it!
    You detailed very well the types of smile and their connotations, and I reckon I saw them all in many occasions, exactly as you describe.

    One thing I learned is that to understand how genuine a smile is, it's necessary to look at the eyes of the person - they'll almost always give away their real expression.
    In most cases, the mouth smiles, the eyes not.

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  • 12 d ago

    Yes, it's amazing how facial expressions can speak more than words. It's knowing how to read them...

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  • 10 d ago

    Sometimes genuine, sometimes for politeness but openmouthed

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  • 13 d ago

    I smile too much! My own mother thought I was going crazy a few years back cause I would always smile 😂

    I'm not crazy tho 🙂

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    • 10 d ago

      I smile a lot too. Is there really 'too much' though? I mean, it might be more than most in society or more than is usual in society but if it welcomes other people, makes others feel good and lots of other reasons...

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    • 10 d ago

      @Starshine85 i think there is such thing as smiling too much. It would be the pilite strained smile that for some reason won't turn off. For me it's like a defaupt face.

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      *default

  • 13 d ago

    I smile all the time, not much at work but when I’m with my acquaintances and my family, I smile and laugh a lot.

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  • 9 d ago

    What about The Uncertain Smile?
    https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5bErFXjUGvQ

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    • 9 d ago

      i missed a few smiles... like the I'm seeing the candyman smile, the sorry smile, the sarcastic smile etc.

  • 12 d ago

    The smile on a guy is the first thing I notice. Makes me melt. My favourite kind of smile is when a guy is really excited to tell you something and their face lights up and they're smiling at you being really excited to tell you something, that right there I could stare at all day.

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    • 12 d ago

      It's like a boyish, adventurous, excited smile. If a guy has this smile it's like marry me now.

  • 11 d ago

    Teeth are in a smile

    www.bing.com/.../search

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  • 10 d ago

    Nice post! Another tip I found is, the more they're happy or, the more laughter they have when smiling, the more that the lines or folds (as I call it) show near the corner of the eye

    Like see, with the guy closing his eyes: He's most likely happier ( not faking ) because where I circled, he has more of the 'laugh lines' as I call it lol... But as with the guy looking away: he may not be showing off fully exactly how he's looking cuz he has minimal 'laugh lines' or the wrinkles near the nearest corner of your eye near closer to your sideburns

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  • 10 d ago

    I love the genuine smile and I give it out all the time, even if nothing good is going on just smiling can make me feel better and improve my day! :D

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  • 13 d ago

    It's either "hey are you a person? I'm a person too, we have so much in common!" With extroverts or "it's okay" with introverts.

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  • 9 d ago

    You did the wrong joker heretic. Lol

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  • 11 d ago

    I think smiles are amazing and I feel bad for people who aren’t comfortable with theirs. They are so important!

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  • 12 d ago

    Mine comes off as sarcastic usually (and it usually is xD)
    Wide toothy grin but it's all mouth. Rest of the face remains as normal. No idea why I do it, it's just a habbit I've picked up

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  • 13 d ago

    Nice post i like it, and definetely politr smiling :D

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  • 2 d ago

    i'm totally a "smirker". i laugh on the inside most of the time.

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  • 10 d ago

    I always hated being told to smile especially for pictures gotta force a smile.

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  • 10 d ago

    Well I'd say... teeth and lips mainly... maybe a hint of tongue

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  • 13 d ago

    I rarely smile or don't smile at all. It's kinda irritating to hear people telling me to smile.

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  • 10 d ago

    i dont smile and if i do i force it sometimes when taking pics

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  • 11 d ago

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  • 13 d ago

    The walking by someone in the hallway you dont really know smile.

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  • 13 d ago

    What’s mine?

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  • 11 d ago

    Mostly teeth showing competition other than that cheek expansion good exercise for wrinkles reduction.

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  • 11 d ago

    I prefer the creepy smile. You never know what they're smiling about and it gets me hot.

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  • 13 d ago

    Nice post👍👍👍👍 loved it ❤️❣️

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  • 11 d ago

    Good job 👍

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  • 13 d ago

    #8 is my smile, the demented clown smile

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  • 14 d ago

    Emilia Clarke❤❤❤

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  • 8 d ago

    Don't forget the foofy smile.

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  • 12 d ago

    LOL, a lot. A smile can make or break attraction

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  • 13 d ago

    Teeth

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  • 8 d ago

    Teeth are in a smile sillyyy

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  • 13 d ago

    I don't smile. Lol

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  • 7 d ago

    Crooked and genuine 👏🏻

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  • 11 d ago

    Genuine smile

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  • 13 d ago

    Joker's tat on his hand... sick!

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  • 8 d ago

    I have goofy smile haha

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  • 8 d ago

    Great take. Interesting to look at it this way.

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  • 11 d ago

    Nice

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  • 12 d ago

    I have the genuine smile.

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  • 13 d ago

    Smiles are easy ways to lie.

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  • 13 d ago

    What type of smile just depends on the situation.

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  • 13 d ago

    It's all in the eyes.

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  • 13 d ago

    I do smile a lot even when i’m sad

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  • 10 d ago

    Hiding your true feeling

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  • 11 d ago

    All teeth, guts, and bloody saliva!

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  • 12 d ago

    Smile is a refresher n a impression maker

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  • 13 d ago

    Dreamy smile, yeap thats me

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  • 13 d ago

    Good take. I like the last one too

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  • 13 d ago

    Teeth and a tongue

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  • 13 d ago

    The very genuine smile

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  • 13 d ago

    Good take

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