It’s All About The Smile

Smile, it is the key that fits the lock of everybody’s heart.

Anthony J. D’Angelo

Lady Calen’s Saturday Bites led me down the path of smiles. It came about from a comment by susurrus about the duchenne smile. Neither Calen nor I had heard that term before. We were both curious enough to find out what it is.

What I found was a whole fascinating area of research and information about something that is, hopefully, present in all our lives a lot – smiles.

Now, back to that word – duchenne. Turns out it is a word used to describe a genuine smile. You know, the kind that lights up the eyes, crinkles the wrinkles at the edges. A real smile as opposed to a fake smile. Or a botox smile.

It’s named after a French physician,  Guillaume Duchenne, who studied the physiology of facial expressions in the nineteenth century. As it turns out smiling uses up a lot of muscle power – 42 in fact. Some of those muscles are the ones that produce crow’s feet around the eyes. The genuine smile, the duchenney one, is controlled by the limbic system. That’s the emotional seat of the brain. It can’t be faked.  And what’s more, some studies have shown that the duchenne smile predicted positive outcomes in marriage and well-being up to 30 years later. Now that is a good reason to keep those crow’s feet.

Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.

Connie Stevens

There’s a lot to be said for smiling. And a lot of reasons to smile.

Here’s just a few –

Smiling Makes Us Attractive
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.”
Thich Nhat Hanh


Smiling Relieves Stress
Smile. It raises your life value.
Smiling Elevates Our Mood
If you force yourself to smile, within a couple of minutes,
you feel better.
Dean Norris
Smiling Is Contagious
A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.
William Arthur Ward
Smiling Boosts Your Immune System
Smile, it’s free therapy.
Douglas Horton
Smiling Lowers Your Blood Pressure
Smile at a stranger. See what happens.
Patti LuPone
Smiling Makes Us Feel Good
Most smiles are started by another smile.
Frank A Clark
Smiling Makes You Look Younger
A smile is a facelift that’s in everyone’s price range.
Charles de Lint

Christopher, leaving home

Smiling Makes You Seem Successful

I have witnessed the softening of the hardest
of hearts by a simple smile.
Goldie Horn
Smiling Helps You Stay Positive
Peace begins with a smile.
Mother Teresa

Put a smile on that dial.

Try it. Every day this week, smile more.

Smile often. Smile at everyone you meet.

© Raili Tanska

Steps for Peace

Share your smile with the world.

It’s a symbol

of friendship and peace.

Christie Brinkley



25 thoughts on “It’s All About The Smile

  1. You must’ve read my mind Raili, I’ve been smiling all week, ah yes, not much work for the plumber this week, so the poet is in his element, writing and music, with coffee and lunches out and about.

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