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What Lies behind a Smile?

Updated on January 15, 2012

"The Smile Supremacy" - Matt Damon

What’s really behind a Smile?

They say: “You are not fully dressed until you wear a smile.” I smile most of the time, people know that about me. What they don’t know is my smile covers a lot and I have different types of smiles.

  • Like everyone, I smile when meeting people for the first time. If I’m teaching a new class I smile to hide my nerves up to break-time.


  • I smile when I play with my friends kids and give an encouraging smile when they draw me with a big head and legs like twigs.


  • I smile politely and nod my head even when I haven’t got a clue what the conversation is about, but at least they know I gave a listening ear, "without a shadow of doubt.”



  • If my eyes look straight into the eyes of a stranger, I give a quick smile and slowly look away. If I eat out and dislike the food, I give an appreciative smile when asked if the food is okay.


  • I smile while talking on the phone, it can be heard in my voice. I smile professionally when someone aggravates me at work but would gladly tell them off, given the choice.


Bayon Face, Cambodia

  • As a Teen, my biggest smile was for Dad (still is) as I told him I loved him - "the best dad in the world Indeed", he’d respond with a funny, fake smile and ask me: “So, how much do you need?"


  • I smile with Embarrassment each time I’m given a gift. I also smile when I read comments on Hubs, they are nice to read and uplift.


Smiley House

What have I learnt?

  • A smile can turn a "No" into a "Yes".
  • Makes people feel at ease with you.
  • If you smile at someone, they will smile back at you – unless they are weird and they think you are weird too, for smiling at them in the first place. Ha!


Thanks zzron on Hubpages - for sharing the song below, in comments.

"Today, give a stranger one of your smiles. It might be the only sunshine he sees all day."


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    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      5 years ago from London, UK

      @Docmo - Thanks. I'm glad you enjoyed it. Lovely of you to stop by.

      @Sunshine625 - Thanks for the smile. :-) I'm smiling back. Best Wishes.

      @KDuBarry03 - Thanks for sharing that Barry. It's important. Example, many teachers from UK go to such countries to teach English as a foreign language (TEFL) and it would be nice to respect their culture. Cheers. :-)

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      5 years ago

      Smiles can mean many things depending on what the cultural standards may be. In America, and I also believe Great Britain, share majority of the reasons why we smile; however, smiling can be a negative thing in certain cultures (as well as how you smile). I know in Japan, if you smile and show your teeth, it is considered rude and impolite. Many kinds smile like that in order to be a little naïve and immature. The most appropriate way to smile, in Japan, is to give a soft and warm one. Smiles may also be interpretive differently based on how contextual a culture may be. So, keep on smiling the way we do in our culture calls for :)

      Absolutely great hub, Elena! I highly enjoyed reading it and it sparks my interest greatly.


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      Linda Bilyeu 

      5 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Many smiles a day keeps the blues away! I prefer to smile more than frown, so here's a smile for you :) for a fabulous hub!

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      Mohan Kumar 

      5 years ago from UK

      The power of the smile LAdy_E - has never been better presented. what a wonderful compendium of cool notions. voted up!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK

      @zzron - Thanks for sharing the reason you smile. It's a gift to people because it does wonders for the body.

      I enjoyed the song you shared and have posted it in the Hub.

      Best Wishes.

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      6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      I couldn't resist sharing with you this video, it is really appropriate for this hub. I would encourage you to post it, it is awesome!

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      6 years ago from Houston, TX.

      This was awesome! This sounds like a hub I would have come up with. I smile all the time, I'm even smiling right now! Not only is smiling at others a good thing, one of the reasons I smile so much is because it makes me feel good.

      I have heard this is a proven fact and it does work for me. I have heard that when you smile, your subconscious gets the feeling of happiness or something pleasant because that's what it associates a smile with, a good feeling of happiness.

      I will tell you another silly thing that seems to be true and that is that laughter is another thing that makes the mind and body have a good feeling. If you can make yourself smile and laugh even for no reason, you will find yourself feeling better and feeling good almost instantaneously. This was a wonderful topic.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks so much Jo.

      Glad you enjoyed it.

      Best Wishes. :)

    • Jo_Goldsmith11 profile image


      6 years ago

      Right On! All the reasons you explained will make me smile; all week long! :)

      Really good use of graphics, photos and a nice rhythm! Voted up. I loved it! :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks for sharing your comments Pennyofheaven.

      I'm smiling at you. :)

    • pennyofheaven profile image


      7 years ago from New Zealand

      It is said that it takes less muscles to smile then it does to frown. Smiles therefore require no effort. It sends light to those who receive it.

      I so agree with your sentiments.

      I enjoyed all your reasons for smiling.

      Thank you!

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      7 years ago from Lagos, Nigeria

      Sometimes, a smile might not hold its real content...

      Keep motivating all hubbers with your writing

      You've got it in you, so, keep it flowing

      *A message for you on myebook*

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Thanks so much Deborrah, for bringing more sunshine to this Hub. I hope I always remember your words "God has got everything under his Control" - Very assuring.

      Best Wishes. :)

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      DeBorrah K Ogans 

      7 years ago

      Lady E, Nice hub and illustrations! I actually prefer to smile! I usually smile because I know that whatever is happening... God has got everything under His control! As DR PastorCarlotta says and I agree! I am smiling at you... Much Love to you as well! Peace, Joy & Blessings!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      Smiling at you too, Drpastorcarlotta.

      Best wishes. xx

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      Pastor Dr. Carlotta Boles 

      7 years ago from BREAKOUT MINISTRIES, INC. KC

      I am smiling at you Lady_E, your GREAT!!!! Much love my friend!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hubpages Writer - I like the way you put it. Keep smiling. :)

      ** Hello Nancy, I always smile when I see your comments on my Hub. Glad Matt made your day. Have a blessed week. :)

      ** Lol Andromida - Matt does have a lovely smile. Keep smiling too and you will charm all the ladies. Best Wishes. :)

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      syras mamun 

      7 years ago

      Thank you for revealing all your secrets-a wonderful hub.I can smell what ladies feel when they see the face of smiling Matt Damon-"The Smile Irresistible", lol thanks

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      Nancy's Niche 

      7 years ago

      Yes I did smile today & thank you for asking...Especially when I seen that picture of Matt Damon with his beautiful smile...As always, another geat hub!


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      7 years ago

      That's so true. A beautiful hub. A smile a day makes my pain go away.:)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks HappyHer - I'm smiling away to you while responding to your comment. Regards. :)

      ** Oh, I like that Billy - "the smiler and smilee". A smile is definitely positive. Thanks for stopping. :)

    • billyaustindillon profile image


      7 years ago

      Elena wonderful hub - a smile is such a powerful things - it enriches the smiler and the smilee (is that a word) - keep smilin' :)

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      Tracy Morrow 

      7 years ago from Cleveland, OH

      This is a wonderful hub! We need more smiles in this world. Thank you for giving one to me.

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Winsome - Beautiful Lyrics, I'd rather you sang them to me though. :) I'll help you out with the keyboard. Thanks

      ** Rightly said Sweetie or should I change that to Rightly written. Glad you stopped by. :)

      ** Good to know Entourage - Positive Vibes - I hope your smile lasts forever.... :)

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      7 years ago from Santa Barbara, CA

      Sometimes when I feel a little sad, I find that just forcing a smile can really bring about a lot of positive energy. Great Article!

    • sweetie1 profile image


      7 years ago from India

      hi thanks and i love to smile too as they say, u cry u cry alone but u smile then whole world smiles with u

    • Winsome profile image


      7 years ago from Southern California by way of Texas

      Hi Elena, I'm smiling as I write this, so well done! It is entirely fitting that the guy who made us all laugh, Charlie Chaplin, should have been the one to write the song that Nat King Cole sang so beautifully--

      "Smile though your heart is aching

      Smile even though it's breaking.

      When there are clouds in the sky

      you'll get by.

      If you smile through your pain and sorrow

      Smile and maybe tomorrow

      You'll see the sun come shining through

      If you just SMILE." =:)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Lorlie - thanks for your warm comments. (smiling at yah).

      ** Thanks Wavegirl - I've kept those figures in my head to quote to someone. lol. Nice to see you.:)

      ** Hi Mwatkins - that's interesting. Yes, I guess the voice would be unusually high. lol. Thanks for stopping.

      Regards. :)

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      7 years ago from Portland, Oregon & Vancouver BC

      Thumbs up - awesome hub! I read once that if you are grumpy and you smile BEFORE you answer the phone that it comes across to the receiver - a lesson I still practice today and it works! Thanks for 'brightening up My Day with a smile!'

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      7 years ago from New York, NY

      I always remember that it takes seventeen muscles to smile and forty-three to frown. Beautiful Hub my friend . . and yes it made me smile :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Hello Fgual - That smiling statue is amazing and I like what you wrote about them: A warm, loving people. :)

      ** Cheers Mike - Good to know you smile more. Yes, my friends kids do draw some funny pics. Thanks for your encouraging comments. :)

      ** It is a powerful Tool, John Badd. Best Wishes. :)

      ** Thanks FashionFame - I'm glad you will carry on smiling. :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      7 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks KatieM - Love your positive Attitude. :)

      ** No Worries, Rossimobis. :)

      ** Hi Kaltopsyd - it's sad that some people are like that. I know of a few people that find happy people irritating. I think underneath they are unhappy within themselves but eventually they lighten up. Cheers. :)

      ** Thanks Ellinor - I love that quote. :)

      ** Hello Support Med, that's True. Infact, I think we should call those smiles "sacrificial smiles" (the sad smile people give even when they are hurting". Interesting comment. Regards. :)

    • FashionFame profile image


      7 years ago from California

      Nice hub!! Now I will smile even more. Joining your fan club to stay connected and would like to invite you too.

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      John B Badd 

      7 years ago from Saint Louis, MO

      A smile is a powerful tool



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      Mike Lickteig 

      8 years ago from Lawrence KS USA

      Elena, your positive attitude shines through in your hub, and I found myself smiling while reading it. Sometimes I'm told I don't smile enough, but I think I've mellowed over the years and now smile more than I used to. I loved your different kinds of smiles, especially the encouraging smile for the child-artists.

      Very wonderful hub, Elena. Thanks.


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      Laurel Rogers 

      8 years ago from Bishop, Ca

      Lovely hub from a lovely lady!

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      8 years ago from USA

      Hello LadyE Well, if we could just put a smile on everyone it would be a wonderful world. Great smile photos. The Cambodian smiling statue suggests a warm loving people. Wishing lots of smiles in your life.

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      Support Med. 

      8 years ago from Michigan

      Smiles are powerful. It's amazing that when you smile your voice changes (such as your example when you are on the phone (you smile and there's an uplift in your voice). Smiles can hide a lot of things, so if a person can smile (even when sad) it can change your world. Voted-up/rated.

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      8 years ago

      What a wonderful hub, a smile and your are half the way.

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      8 years ago from Trinidad originally, but now in the USA

      People tell me I smile all the time. My librarian at my college last year used to get annoyed with me when I walked in every morning. He would ask, "Why are you always so cheerful this early?" I'm not a morning person either but I'm a smiley person.

      Great Hub. I really enjoyed it! Here's my genuine smile to prove it. :D

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Biafra

      Thanks love

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      8 years ago from I'm outta here

      Great thoughts on what lies behind a smile, I love to share smiles, they are good medicine, I needed this to start the week thanks :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Thanks so much Sharon - so nice to see you again. Keep smiling. :)

      ** Lol Jai - I don't know about smiling at the barking dog, but I do know that somehow I'd run faster than Hussain Bolt (the fastest runner in the world) as I am afraid of dogs. Cheers. :)

      ** How are you Rossimobis? Thanks for stopping. Feel free to use any of my Hubs. Please, I beg, Biko. lol. You don't have to ask. If there's anything else you need for teaching hollar at me. Best Wishes. :)

      ** Nice to know, Equealla and I hope it's a week full of smiles for you. Regards. :)

      ** That's true Wrath Warbone - there is nothing negative in a smile. Nice to read from you again. :)

      ** Thanks so much coffeesnob - Your Avatar says it all. I can see a warm, lovely, beautiful smiley face. :)

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      Hello, hello, 

      8 years ago from London, UK

      A smile always make the world look brighter and also you yourself feel better.

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      8 years ago

      I, like you, smile for many reasons...mostly because I am happy, but sometimes to hide the wrinkles - that were put there by smiling in the first place.. keep smiling and no one will notice them LOL

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      Terry Chestnutt 

      8 years ago from Cleveland, Ohio

      Hi. I smile when I want the other person to like me. I smile to show I can be trusted not to harm anyone present. I smile when someone is in anger at me and then I speak to the underlying need they are expressing. Lots of people smile to make it a better world believing it is uplifting to us all. There have been lots of things written about the smile. All of it is good.

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      8 years ago from Pretoria, South Africa

      I would never have thought to build a house with a smile. This pic sure has my attention, but I'm not too sure if I will built my own home just like that!

      You started my week on the right foot, making me smile.. Thanks!

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      Chibuzo Melvin Mobis 

      8 years ago from Biafra

      Sister!Hermana mio..."one good thing about music,when it hit you fell no pain" and the same thing applies to your hubs... they reflect common sense and honestly,this particular one is highly inspirational.Therefore,i wish to ask you for your permission to use it as a teaching in my group...we normally have a weekly reflection and this particular hub reflects what we do as a group..UPLIFTING AND INSPIRING EACH OTHER....Check us out anyway:!/group.php?gid=91228986403

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      Jai Warren 

      8 years ago from Dallas, Deep Ellum, Texas

      The power of a smile. The positive energy it produces can move mountains! Well, almost! At least, it makes your life more enjoyable, and the people it's directed at, feel at ease. Try smiling at a crying baby or barking dog, see what happens. If it's sincere, you won't believe the results. Thanks Lady E! We all need to smile as often as possible. Ciao!

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      8 years ago from Texas

      Smiles to you Lady_E and many blessings too.

      We smile even when we are upside down in the wrong way to keep the other people out.....We smile within our own world.

      This was very sweet and the pics I do love.It is all well said.

      Congrats to 100 hubs!:)

      Peace and Love my friend.

      Sharon Smith

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Roy - Glad you liked it. Regards. :)

      ** Hi the Clean life - thanks so much for stopping.:)

      ** Hello KoffeeKlatch Gals - thanks for smiling along with me. :)

      ** Cheers Keystrokes - I hope that Grin is permanent. :)

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London, UK

      ** Cheers Wanderlust - Keep smiling. :)

      ** Lovely to see you, Vladimir. :)

      ** Aaawh, Dreamreachout - you got me blushing. You always brighten up my face when I read your comments and I mean that. Shuku ria. :)

      ** Hi Jim, nice to see you again. (thought you had left HP). How are you? Hope your week is full of smiles.

      Thanks. :)

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      India Arnold 

      8 years ago from Northern, California

      Wonderfully presented and it provided a big grin for my day! Thank you Lady_E.

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      Susan Hazelton 

      8 years ago from Sunny Florida

      I love the photos and the subject. It made me smile to read your hub. Very well done.

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      Mark Bruno 

      8 years ago from New Jersey Shore

      Beautiful Hub and yes a smile can also help with being positive in life. There are many smiles and I think you touched on everyone of them.

      Great job! and thanks for sharing your smile with us.

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      H P Roychoudhury 

      8 years ago from Guwahati, India

      I like the smile of the little one in your hub. Thanks.

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      8 years ago from Bangkok, Thailand

      well well well, my, my, my, hmmmmmm, once again young lady, u have clearly shown, to all to see, the gifts you've been blessed to possessed, by Him. For this Lord's day, i too, now find my self smiling, Thanks to Just U! Keep Going(writing), so others may learn from u, and too, like me, appreicate that great gift of yours.

      just me!


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      8 years ago

      Everything about this hub is very true and correct!! I would only like to add that there are special people who make you smile more, just like Elena does to me here on hub pages!! :) :) :)

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      Vladimir Uhri 

      8 years ago from HubPages, FB

      Bless you lady!

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      8 years ago from New York City

      Very beautiful hub! You made me smile :) And you are right smile can turn a No into a Yes!

    • Lady_E profile imageAUTHOR


      8 years ago from London, UK

      Cheers Clive - thanks for your kind compliment. I'm sure, with time you will write even more than I have. (You have to bear in mind it's taken me 14 months). Some Hubbers publish double what I've done in that time.

      Anyway, what's counts is that you enjoy writing.

      Best Wishes on HP. :)

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      8 years ago

      very good hub,made me smile!!!!I've just started to follow & read your hubs,if i could write hubs %10 of yours it would put a bigger smile on my face clive

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      8 years ago from London, UK

      Aaawh, what a sweet comment. I must remember that "frown turned upside down" phrase. Thanks for bringing sunshine to my Hub. Enjoy the rest of the week. :)

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      8 years ago

      Thank you for this uplifting hub, after all a smile is just a frown turned upside down:-(:-)>

      Exercising ones mouth every day is healthy, so keep smiling and the whole world may just smile back. Let's help change the world:-)

      Just like giving hugs, everyone feels great after being hugged. So I am all for a hug and smile a day. Come on people give me a BIG HUG and SMILE and I will give it back:-)


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