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Real Smiles vs. Fake Smiles

Dec 5th, 2017

Real Smiles vs. Fake Smiles

Everyone does it…and everyone fakes it. A smile is a natural expression of how we are feeling, as well as a facade for how we want others to view us. A smile can be both disarming and deceiving. So how can we learn to trust one?

Smiling is an impulse not just reserved for expressing delight. The corners of the mouth can turn up when feeling frustrated or in certain instances of pain, for example. However, paying attention to more than the shape of the mouth can reveal how a person is really feeling.

Types of Smiles

A smile in the midst of frustration will leave quickly, and a pasted-on, “Say cheese” smile will look unnatural on the face. But a genuine smile will build up gradually and be accompanied by the contraction of an involuntary muscle at the corners of both eyes. This full expression cannot be forced, as the muscle moving the outside corners of the eyes is only initiated when experiencing delight.

Vice Versa

So real happiness triggers a real smile…but real smiles may also do the same job in reverse. In a study comparing grins (and non-grins) in old yearbook pictures with levels of happiness years later, those captured with a genuine smile had the highest levels of satisfaction with life. So stop forcing the smile and focus on whatever motivates a real smile…and we’ll learn to trust others and ourselves in the process.

Did you know 1 in 5 Massachusetts adults hide their smile due to the condition of their mouth an teeth? If you’re hiding your pearly whites, don’t hesitate to schedule a visit to our Newburyport, MA or Salem, NH offices today!

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Here at Paul Mathew, D.D.S. we work diligently to protect our patients' privacy. Requesting an appointment via our Internet portal is considered part of what the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA) has identified as electronically protected healthcare information or ePHI. Unfortunately, despite our best efforts, there are people or entities that may attempt to intercept the data you transmit to us. By checking the "I agree" box, and electronically making an appointment request, you acknowledge that you are making an appointment over the internet and that Paul Mathew, D.D.S. will keep this information confidential but cannot guarantee that others, outside of our practice, may illegally intercept this communication. By accepting these terms and conditions and sending this request via our Internet portal, you accept the inherent risk(s) associated with making this request for an appointment. If you do not accept the terms and conditions, you are always welcome to contact our office via telephone to schedule your appointment.

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