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Do you know a Genuine Smile

Updated on October 19, 2016
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What is a Genuine Smile?

People have genuine smiles and there is often one smile that is not a meaningful smile.

How would you know if someone has a genuine smile?

I haven't seen much of that around in the small village where I live.

It is sad to see people with such an attitude.

They smile but not genuinely.

Why do people smile when you don't mean it?

A smile is unique.

What is the power of smiling?

I learned to smile from my childhood years and have practiced that true smile ever since.

A little bit of smiling has a great effect on your emotions.

It improves your personality and shows positive facts in you.

Any positive experience increases happiness in individuals.

You feel joyful toward a new experience.

Smiling strengthens the brain cells.

It is normal to smile.

What is a real smile?

The Duchenne smile is the true smile. The corners of the mouth take your smile to the limit.

It is not the same as the social smile.

What is a real smile?

When you smile for an audience the mouth corners are not smiling. The corners of the mouth is controlled by your muscles so the smile is not genuine.

You smile depends on the situation.

A smile is good for you.

Often children are happier due to their great smiles.

A smile decreases stress-levels and your mental health is improved.

People who smile more live happier lives.

Life begins to be happier when you smile and talk to people.

Do women smile more than men do?

Women smile more than men.

Here is why, women smile more than men.

A social lifestyle allows for women to smile more than men.

Interesting, and just the way I feel when with a few people.

Women are more observant when around people than men are when around people.

It is from within that a woman notices the differences of these fake smiles and the genuine smiles.

I have on many occasions observed such smiles.

I chose to write this hub due to my experience during the festive season.

The many smiles from people were not genuine.

Most people who share fake smiles are not happy people.

You don't have to always smile to show happiness.

It is how you choose to be when mingling with others.

Everything you express comes from within you.

People smile to cover up pain and sadness, or other negative issues.

You smile during a job interview and don't mean it.

When you don't enjoy the occasion you smile to show others you are enjoying the event.

Any one can fake their smiles.

I was not aware of how people can go on their daily routine with fake smiles.

Learning never stops!

I know a genuine smile and I can spot a fake smile right away.

Someone smiling with their eyes almost closed is a perfect image of a true smile.

Those who have forgotten how to be happy don't know how to show that true smile.

Almost everyone fakes a smile at some point in their lives.

To capture your photograph, and when meeting people you want to make that good impression.

During these situations you are faking that smile.

How do you spot that fake smile?

You see that fake smile when you don't see any movement in the upper part of one's face.

There is no sign of the closed eyes.

You would not see the crow's feet movement when one has a fake smile.

Fake smiles show the bottom teeth of the person.

You won't find the crow's feet, the closed eyes and the bottom teeth view in everyone.

The sincere smile is important to me.

People pleasers fake many smiles.

People who don't smile don't want to smile.

They feel smiling covers up their actual being.

A facade is what these people call a smile and a frown is more than a smile for such individuals.

People who have issues and don't want to smile avoid smiling.

The happy moments makes you want to smile.

You don't need effort to smile.

I smile genuinely!

The many people I met during the years living in Croatia allowed for the observations.

A smile is not always a true here.

Among those who feel depressed and have forgotten how to be happy since war time show more fake smiles.

You feel positive and great with a smile.

Fake smiles have hidden secrets.

When you have a fake smile you are trying to cover up your pain, or you are just not a happy person.

The eyes tell you of a true smile and a fake smile.

Also, you can choose to be that way.

Pretend everything is good when you have a lot to cope with your unhappy life.

Fake smiles show true characters and personalities of that person.

There were twenty of us and on Christmas day we planned to visit the village people. It is the Croatian custom to wish others around the neighborhood. A very interesting and enjoyable get together.

I enjoyed the day!

I noticed people smiled but these smiles were not genuine.

A different understanding to me.

People smile when happy and true smiles mean so much more than the fake smiles.

Learning of other people's behaviors showed me how different I am in my lifestyle.

I smile a genuine smile and know how to be truly happy.

Happiness is from within and so is that true smile.

You show a true smile when you are happy.

A true smile does not involve negative feelings, people pleasing, or licking up to that someone.

A way of life that is rare to find these days.

Life is based around materialism and greed for many people.

The more people have the less happy they have become with their lives.

You want to smile and share your happiness with others. Be true to yourself and love yourself before you share that smile with others.

Why do people share fake smiles?

Is it the way they were raised?

Traumatic events can damage a person mentally.

It is understandable that such negative issues can destroy one's smile forever.

Learn to grow and let be go to and to move on from these unhappy moments.

Too much tragedy has effected many people's lives. To stay with a fake smile won't improve your life in any way.

The negative attitude brings more issues and smiles eventually disappear.

When you smile and talk to people it is those people who you talk to may find you weird because of you true smile.

I smile and talk to people and sometimes they do look at me weird.

Why do they look at me as weird?

They don't have a genuine smile and my smile shows them different.

Also, my laugh makes them look weird at me.

I can't stay unhappy, sad, or angry for a long time.

I prefer to be happy and to share a true smile.

I don't believe in a fake smile.

People who live their lives with fake smiles are creating more negative problems.

Positive lifestyles improve with more smiles and laughter. The negative lifestyle sees nothing but fake smiles and more sadness.

Social lives need true smiles and positive energy to share good moments.

I don't expect every one to have that true smile. At least be happy in some way to enjoy an annual event.

People live different and culture has a lot to do with the way people put themselves out there.

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Smiling is the best way to face every problem, to crush every fear, to hide every pain. – Unknown author

© 2015 Devika Primić

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      Devika Primić 10 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rebeccamealey Thank you for commenting. I believe in a true smile and can easily spot that fake smile.

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      Rebecca Mealey 10 months ago from Northeastern Georgia, USA

      Thanks for sharing this. I really liked the part about spotting a fake smile!

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      rajan jolly thank you for stopping by glad you got my drift here.

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      Rajan Singh Jolly 20 months ago from From Mumbai, presently in Jalandhar,INDIA.

      A genuine smile evokes a similar response from the other person and it is quite easy to spot it.

      A fake smile does no good.

      Nice topic to choose to write a hub on Devika.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      D.A.L You are so right! I appreciate your understanding of this hub. Thank you. All my best to you.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      denise.w.anderson, People have issues and don't feel the need to smile but what these people don't realize is a smile is need to create that happiness. Thank you for sharing that.

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      Dave 20 months ago from Lancashire north west England

      Hi Devika, this article made me genuinely smile you have a great gift of turning a subject into a great read. fake smiles are no smiles. A smile can transform a face and make it more attractive, when it is genuine. Some of your readers have already mentioned it, I too, know some people who hardly ever beam a smile but will do anything they can to help you. Happy New Year.

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      Denise W Anderson 20 months ago from Bismarck, North Dakota

      I know that I am guilty of fake smiling. There was a time in my life when there was no happiness. It may have been the depression, or the hormonal imbalances, or just that I was stressed out all the time. There are a hundred different reasons why people don't or can't feel joy enough to smile. Now, I have learned that things don't have to be going well for me to smile, I can still find joy in the blessings of the moment. Now, I smile a genuine smile!

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Mel Carriere Thank you for sharing your valuable comment. It means a lot to me to read of all opinions here.A Happy New Year to you too.

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      Mel Carriere 20 months ago from San Diego California

      I have mixed feelings about smiling. I know some people who are not smilers, but will help you in an instant, and when they do smile it lights up their whole face. On the other hand, I know people who constantly smile but they will throw you under the bus in an instant. I think we have to judge people on more than their smiles, although a fake smile is a turn off, as you have said. Great hub, Happy New Year!

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi FlourishAnyway thank you very much for stopping by. True about women smiling more than men.

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      FlourishAnyway 20 months ago from USA

      People do smile with their eyes. Traditional social expectations often demand women smile more than men.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      KoffeeKlatch Glas, I so agree with you. Thank you for sharing your comment. A Happy New Year to you.

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      Susan Haze 20 months ago from Sunny Florida

      I can tell when someonne is using a fake smile by their eyes. When they are using a real smile, their eyes shine and smile. Terrific hub.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Venkatachari M Thank you and best wishes to you.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Happy New Year to you too. Thank you.

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      Devika Primić 20 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      AliciaC Thank you for sharing your comment. Best wishes to you.

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      Venkatachari M 20 months ago from Hyderabad, India

      Nice hub, Devika. You have mentioned the essence of real, genuine smile. Genuine smiles bring a great shine throughout the body and face of those smiling people. It is a great experience to see those people smiling like pure nature.

      Wish you a very Happy New Year and my blessings.

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      Surabhi Kaura 20 months ago

      Ahah! This was a great read. Happy New Year, Devika :)

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      Linda Crampton 20 months ago from British Columbia, Canada

      This is an interesting hub, Devika. I think that both a genuine smile and a smile that is meant to be kind are valuable. I hope you have a very enjoyable new year!

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      emge Thank you for stopping by. A Happy New Year to you!

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Interesting you should mention that I don't hear any Yugoslavian words anymore nobody wants to speak these old words. Only Croatian words are spoken. My best wishes to you.

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      Michael Milec 21 months ago

      Hi Devika. It just came to my mind, growing in the Yugoslavian culture, there was a frequent phrase repeated " Šta se cerekaš " , perhaps you have heard it. ( Not being sure now if that was used scoffingly or seriously.)

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      Madan 21 months ago from Abu Dhabi

      A unique topic well presented

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi Michael-Milec thank you for sharing that. I do agree with your comment. As I said not everyone would smile and culture has a lot to do with smiles. A Happy New Year to you.

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      Michael-Milec 21 months ago

      Tough question Devika, though purposeful i current society. A smile is relevant - both genuine and or fake depending on cultural environment. I my cultural background if any smile at all was rather despised than admired. Living was hard, providing for families difficult and only what could be noticed on some peoples faces resembling smile was contentment and inner peace... ( Thats another subject ). On the North American continent runs a sticker " Smile God loves You" - whatever it means... However as I am walking on the streets or through the shopping Malls, my pastime is observing the faces - Not many people do smile or express happiness nowadays...

      My answer to your question if I do know a genuine smile, I do not know if I do.

      Have a very nice and prosperous New Year- with a smile. So Long.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi always exploring well-mentioned. Thank you for commenting do enjoy the holidays.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hello Hari thank you greatly for sharing an encouraging comment. I appreciate your time.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      billybuc thank you stax.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Hi there kylyssa so glad you shared your valuable comment. Everybody deserves a true smile and often that is not possible. It does depend on the kind of job one has as you mentioned. I appreciate your way in smiling. Happy New Year to you.

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      Ruby Jean Fuller 21 months ago from Southern Illinois

      I agree. It is apparent when someone is truly happy, their eye's seem to light up. I can't imagine a day without a good laugh and smile. Interesting topic. Happy New Year!

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      Hari Prasad S 21 months ago from Bangalore

      Devika this hub is very innovative. A subject that is so important yet ignored. You have done a great job in highlighting all these aspects of a smile, though known, the way you have made analysis is commendable.

      Kudos.

      - Hari

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      Bill Holland 21 months ago from Olympia, WA

      Everything you wrote is true. It is easy, really,to spot a genuine smile...the entire person lights up when they are really smiling. :) Happy New Year to you.

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      Kylyssa Shay 21 months ago from Overlooking a meadow near Grand Rapids, Michigan, USA

      This makes me sad because I don't smile instinctively. I don't know if it's common among autistic people or not, but when I'm happy, my face doesn't just make a smile, I have to decide, I'm happy and thus I ought to smile to let people know it. So all my smiles look fake, even the ones with happiness behind them.

      In my opinion, there's also at least another healthy reason to smile without happiness behind it. I smile at people who look like they need someone to smile at them, even if I'm not feeling happy. I hope to help them feel better or accepted or to show them I'm not afraid of them. When I see people scurrying to avoid getting near to or looking at someone ahead of them who is coming toward me on the sidewalk, I smile at him to let him know I see him as a person. I think that comes from being so "invisible" that people literally step on me sometimes and from seeing how people will do anything to avoid looking at a homeless person. I look, I smile, and I say, "hello." Maybe the smile isn't real, but it might help someone feel better than invisible or hated.

      I have smiled many fake smiles without happiness behind them when I didn't really want to, too, though. In the US, a woman is expected to be always smiling at work, especially in service or retail positions, unless she has some sort of job where a lot of smiling is inappropriate, like being a funeral director or public defender.

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      Devika Primić 21 months ago from Dubrovnik, Croatia

      Ericdierker, thank you for that. A smile makes you feel good always

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      Eric Dierker 21 months ago from Spring Valley, CA. U.S.A.

      In my wife's culture a smile means you are not serious or working hard. She says I smile too much. Well that is just me. I have never been in a place I could not find something worth smiling about. Great article!