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.
There’s a lot to be said for smiling. And a lot of reasons to smile.
Here’s just a few –
Put a smile on that dial.
Try it. Every day this week, smile more.
Smile often. Smile at everyone you meet.
© Raili Tanska
It’s a symbol
of friendship and peace.