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Smile Smiley. We will all be better for it. Got gave us facial muscles - use them.

Updated on November 13, 2016

Smiling - It's Good for You

In physiology, a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing those muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth. The smile can also be found around the eyes (See 'Duchenne smile' below). Among humans, it is customarily an expression denoting pleasure, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it can be known as a grimace. There is much evidence that smiling is a normal reaction to certain stimuli as it occurs regardless of culture. Happiness is most often the motivating cause of a smile. Among animals, the exposure of teeth, which may bear a resemblance to a smile, is often used as a threat or warning display - known as a snarl - or a sign of submission. In chimpanzees, it can also be a sign of fear. The study of smiles is a part of gelotology, psychology, and linguistics, comprising various theories of affect, humor, and laughter (Freitas-Magalhaes, 2006).

Credit: Wikipedia


Well, that is the definition of a smile. Sounds a little technical for me. I just know I love a good smile. My granddaughter, Marissa Lorraine, loves to give one. She loves the digital camera. When I take her pic she runs over to see the visual on the camera. I hope she never looses her want to give or receive a smile! How about you?

A Smile

If you want to call that a smile!

Mona Lisa's coy smirk Isn't the only smile worth a fortune. According to researchers, mentioned in September's Prevention magazine, a megawatt grin from a loved one can produce the same brain waves as learning you won $40,000.

Grammie's Girls

Marissa and Desiree

Grammie's Girls!

Oh Those Granddaughters!

Oh Those Granddaughters!
Oh Those Granddaughters!

Read Your Way To A Smile

Smile baby smile! - A smile is a curve that sets everything straight. ~Phyllis Diller

We love the Smile Icon!

Smiley Icon

I love this little guy. I can relate. My maiden name is Smiley. When I was a kid I always got teased. They would say, smile! Or, why aren't you smiling? I wish we would have had the happy face around then.


The very earliest known examples of the graphic are attributed to Harvey Ball, a commercial artist in Worcester, Massachusetts. He devised the face in 1963 for the State Mutual Life Assurance Company, which wanted an internal campaign to improve employee morale.[1][2] Ball never attempted to use, promote or trademark the image; it fell into the public domain in the United States before that could be accomplished.[3] As a result, Ball never made any profit for the iconic image beyond his initial $45 fee. Also in 1963, a children's cartoon series titled "The Funny Company" began airing on television, which also featured a version of the smiley on the caps worn by the animated children.

credit: Harvey Ball World Smile Foundation

Smiley Lore :-)

Smiley Lore :-)

Scott E. Fahlman

A lot of people have asked me about this, so I thought I'd put the information here, linked under my home page:

Yes, I am the inventor of the sideways "smiley face" (sometimes called an "emoticon") that is commonly used in E-mail, chat, and newsgroup posts. Or at least I'm one of the inventors.

By the early 1980's, the Computer Science community at Carnegie Mellon was making heavy use of online bulletin boards or "bboards". These were a precursor of today's newsgroups, and they were an important social mechanism in the department - a place where faculty, staff, and students could discuss the weighty matters of the day on an equal footing. Many of the posts were serious: talk announcements, requests for information, and things like "I've just found a ring in the fifth-floor men's room. Who does it belong to?" Other posts discussed topics of general interest, ranging from politics to abortion to campus parking to keyboard layout (in increasing order of passion). Even in those days, extended "flame wars" were common.

Smiley lore and More

Smile because it's contagious

Smile because it's contagious

Smile because it's healing

Smile because it makes people wonder

What you're thinking.

Smile innocently to hide the guilt

Smile mischievously to make others skeptic.

Smile lovingly to butter up the retaliator

Smile dreamingly to make others lovesick.

Smile because it's raining

Smile because you're tickled.

Smile because you're happy

Smile because you're idle.

Smile affectionately to show your love

Smile smugly as you've done your work.

Smile pleadingly to get what you want

Smile forgivingly to pardon the jerk.

Smile because you're confused

Smile because you're lost without a plan.

Smile because you want to

And smile just because you can!

by Kathy Larkin

For the Children


Our prior purpose of founding this organization is to help handicapped children to socialize with the other kids and to protect the future of our children in this changing world in the frame work 23 April National Children's Day which the great leader Ataturk has given as a gift to the kids of the whole world. Our children are our future and to protect their rights is our duty.

Even the smallest critters smile.


Mercer Meyer and Children

My favorite children's books to read to my son (1970s) were Mercer Meyer's Chritters (pic below). Even with their trials, the little critters seem to alway have smiles. If you are not familiar with the Critters, check them out below.

Mercer Meyer's Critters

Mysterious Smile

Which smile would you rather have hanging on your wall, Marge Simpson or the Mona Lisa?

Marge and her Mona Lisa Smile!


The Smile of Crazy Frog

I love this little guy. If you have not seen one of his videos...give it a try. It will brighten you day.

The Fun of Smiley

Smile Puppet Ministry - A group of adults and teens who have a love for Jesus and a desire to evangelize to the world through creative arts.

Donald Smiley Prize -The Canadian Political Science Association announces the fourteenth competition for the Donald Smiley Prize. The prize was established to honour the life and work of Donald V. Smiley (1921-1990) and to encourage the ideals of scholarship represented by this great Canadian political scientist. An internationally renowned professor of Canadian government and politics and later Professor Emeritus at York University, Professor Smiley served as President of the Canadian Political Science Association.

Smiley's Acoustic Cafe - Greenville's premier restaurant and music venue! Smiley's Acoustic Café is a casual upscale dining experience that will keep you coming back for more. Located in Greenville's Historic West End, Smiley's has been rated as one of Greenville's finest.

Shiny Smiley Icons - Cute icons for all software.

You haven't lost your smile at all, it's right under your nose. You just forgot it was there.

May I hear From My Guests?

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    • blue22d profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Thank you for the visit and comments. Love to see others smiling.

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      I just read this lens 'for the first time' again today! Now that's enough to make anyone smile.

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      6 years ago

      Everyone loves a smiley. Heads up. Some of the pictures are not showing.

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      6 years ago

      Just dropped by for a smile...thank you!

    • Ben Reed profile image

      Ben Reed 

      6 years ago from Redcar

      This lense made me smile

    • lesliesinclair profile image


      6 years ago

      I'm stiil smiling now. Working solitary it's easy to rise to steadied focus and solve the problems without a thought to smiling. But the work can be so satisfying, that, coming out of the concentration brings a smile.

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      7 years ago

      This made me smile. Great lens.

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      Tonie Cook 

      7 years ago from USA

      Smiles are among the best things in the world.

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      7 years ago

      You will live longer if you smile more. Keep smiling...

    • dahlia369 profile image


      7 years ago

      I adore good-feeling lenses and this is one of them and I'm glad I found it. Thank you for making me smile!

    • Tammylove profile image


      7 years ago

      What a cute site, thanks for sharing the smiles and thanks for your visit.

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      Lorelei Cohen 

      7 years ago from Canada

      This lens definitely made me smile :)

    • Philippians468 profile image


      7 years ago

      keep smiling my friend! cheers

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Silly me, I found it! Lensrolled to Norman Cousins and SMILE!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful lens, I want to lensroll it to my Norman Cousins one, but can't find that, but we are on the same page here!

    • spunkyduckling profile image


      8 years ago

      I love smileys! Here is another good reasons to smile... it will make you look younger :)

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      8 years ago

      Such a delightful smiley lens that I have to lensroll it to my Smiles and Smileys lens!

    • dahlia369 profile image


      8 years ago

      I would never think of making a lens about smiling... great topic and there are never too many smiles or too much smiling in our lives anyway... :)

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      Deb Kingsbury 

      8 years ago from Flagstaff, Arizona

      Grammie's girl is adorable!

    • MargoPArrowsmith profile image


      8 years ago

      Wonderful smiles! Here are asome more never too many! 5*

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      Laraine Sims 

      8 years ago from Lake Country, B.C.

      This left me feeling happy, happy. 5*s for sure.

    • ZenandChic profile image


      9 years ago

      Lovely happy lens!

    • religions7 profile image


      9 years ago

      :) you may also like this lens: lensrolled.

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      9 years ago

      Those kittens certainly made me smile!


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