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A Wonderful Expression - the importance of smiling a beautiful smile

Updated on June 19, 2013

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It takes only 17 muscles to smile and 43 to frown - so one wonders why people waste precious effort on being glum than giving themselves a good prep-up. Most of us are so consumed with problems and being negative that we do not notice the benefits of an easily accessible and automatic pick-me-up - the smile. All of us should embrace smiles, make ourselves happy and bring the positive into our lives.

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What can we get out of a smile?

Smiling, to most of us, would be a rather trite concept that we seldom think about and do rather automatically and sometimes pedantically. We do not consider the benefits of widening the grins on our faces - very often, it is done out of need (take posing for photographs, for example, or socializing.) We do not see how important it can really be as a health and interpersonal relationship booster - we know that it is good for us, but often think of smiling as being too trite of an activity to do as often as we should.


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Smile to enhance your social and professional standing.

Smiling has benefits that boost one’s social, and even professional life. Those who do so more often are far more successful than those who are not - it only takes a minute to think of success stories who are that way because they smile more. It is so natural for us to gravitate towards such people.

Wouldn’t you trust someone who smiles?

People trust you more when you smile. They tend to gravitate more to you and rely on you more if you have a wide grin on your face; it simply increases comfort levels and puts you in a better light in the eyes of another party.

A waitress at a Chinese Restaurant seafood lovers often patronize in Singapore, Ah Yat Seafood, has the knack for smiling that wins our trust every time. As it so happens, many customers rely on her to secure the bookings of private dining rooms and she gets a hefty commission - so the rapport she created with customers benefits her greatly. Her interpersonal skills have, of late, landed her the position of restaurant supervisor.

Smiling is a pleasant virus.

I cannot help thinking of Frank Sinatra's When You’re Smiling as I write this because of the truth of his words - when you are smiling, indeed, the whole world smiles with you (or at least half the world does.) Statistics show that when one smiles, at least 50% of those around him or her will respond - it is just an automatic reaction to something that says “I like you.” It is a lovely virus that everyone does not mind having (in fact, the only virus one does not mind having).

Smiling is therefore a must for the perfect party host; no one wants to attend a party where faces are long and conversation languid. It first starts with the person hosting the party - when he begins to smile, the crowd automatically joins in and starts enjoying themselves along with him. Trite, but as we all know, but a difficult skill to master.

Smile if you want people to pay attention to you.

Smiling draws more people to you. We tend to ignore those who are throwing tantrums or sulking; the mere chagrin on their faces can be enough to put us off. We will always, ironically, pay less attention to those who are sulking to get our attention - they simply annoy us.

Salesgirls always pay more attention to the customer who approaches with a smile than the grouchy complainer - it is a simple, natural human reaction.

You don’t need plastic surgery if you smile.

There is no need for plastic surgery - smiling already does a very good job that puts plastic surgeons out of business. When we smile more, we feel and look younger - really, there is no need for contrived make up products.

I remember once being upset and having a colleague console me by saying that I look prettier and younger when I smile. I take her words as truth - I do prefer myself that way when I look in the mirror!

Smile to get over the nerves.

Try this trick at your next job interview or meeting - it works wonders for you. When you are shaking in your shoes, smile - you soon forget the surrounding pressure and will be able to move forward in better spirits. That interview has a better chance of being secured!

I always get my students in my choir to smile when they are nervous before a performance - before long, they forget the stress that comes from being on stage and perform a lot better than expected. The applause they get, of course, is more rapturous.

Smiling changes our moods

Smiling is guaranteed to put us in a better frame of mind. It may not change untoward states of affairs, but smiling will at least guarantee that you feel a little bit better. This does, as we all know, take a little bit of effort.

When the day is bad, try smiling to yourself. It will not be long before you start feeling just a little bit better. I often do so when I experience Writer’s Block - the ideas come a whole lot faster than if I pressurize myself with a frown!

Smile to cover up you social slip ups.

We all experience that awkward moment at parties or work - someone says something they should not, and the domino effect of the frown is started. The smile turns things around very quickly and a lighter mood is restored.

Try smiling when the awkward moment happens. Before long, residual unhappiness is in the past and activities do move forward.

Smile to lend someone a helping hand.

Smiling helps others resolve their hurt feelings faster - seeing someone smile comforts and warms. It is the perfect medication for hurt feelings, including your own.

This works especially well for younger children - they recover so quickly from scoldings and grievances when someone smiles at them. If we can be a bit more childlike and accept it, the medication can work for us too.

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Smiling does improve your health.

Smiling releases our endorphins and relieves pain.

Smiling releases endorphins - essential neurotransmitters for well-being. This is why awkwardness and hurt feelings are resolved a lot faster with a smile -it generates a feeling of wellness that no medication can provide.


Smiling also acts as a pain reliever - we forget our pain when we smile. I once had acupuncture administered to me and the acupuncturist told me to forget the pain of the tons of needles on my legs by smiling - it worked. The pain was very quickly forgotten.

Smile and focus!


No, those are not the words of a professional photographer.A good smile helps us to focus our attention on our work - we concentrate better when we feel good about the things we are doing. Conversely we feel worse, not better, after crying - it only serves to remind us of the unhappy things that have happened before.

I prefer to smile while I am writing - it helps me to generate better words and phrases to enhance my work, and articles flow a lot better as a result.

Smiling boosts the immune system.

When one is more relaxed. the body’s immune function works a lot better. A stressed up- frowning person is more likely to be susceptible to the flu than one who is cheery and well adjusted.

Take a look at your colleagues at work - those who are prone to grumbling and frowning are the ones who will probably have greater health problems. One of them could be yourself.

Smile and relieve your stress.

When one is stressed , a few things can happen - digestion goes into disarray, blood pressure is increased and so are blood sugars.

When one takes time to slow down and his or her expression changes, stress automatically reduces - and one immediately starts feeling a whole lot better.

With all this, how can you help but live a longer life?

With positive changes to the immune system and blood pressure, who can help but live a bit longer with a smile? Smiling simply attracts positive consequences and acts as a boost to our health. A study performed on baseball players in 1952 showed that players who smiled less were out lived by their smiling counterparts by seven years (Abel and Kruger, 2010)


When you're smiling -Frank Sinatra

5 fun facts about smiling

Here are a few things that we may be interested in knowing about smiling - and perhaps encourage us to smile a bit more!

The first thing that babies learn is to smile.

Babies enjoy smiling in their sleep, as though they are having the sweetest of dreams.

Observe your newborn - you just might find that he smiles more in his sleep. The sight is sure to soothe frazzled nerves.

The difference between a sincere smile and a merely polite one is in the number of muscles used.

A polite smile requires less exertion - a sincere on requires the use of muscles on both sides of the face.

Having said that, it is definitely exertion that makes a person feel better.

Women look better smiling than all made up.

This may seem rather subjective, but a woman who smiles looks far more attractive than one who is made up. People still prefer looking at a lady who smiles than one with cakes of make up, but frowns.

Women smile more than men.

Again, this is rather more subjective, but women smile a lot more than their male counterparts, primarily because they are expected to be more nurturing and social.

The situation is variable according to role and context.

Smiles are the most relatable and recognizable human expressions.

We automatically prefer talking about smiling rather than frowning - smiling is a positive expression.

Perhaps this is why smiles are recognizable from 300 feet away - and people are more likely to call out to their friends when they smile.

Smiling simply attracts the positive - when we smile, we not only make someone’s day, we make our own socially, emotionally and physically.

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Sunshine, and here's one right back at you! :-)

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      Linda Bilyeu 4 years ago from Orlando, FL

      A smile a day helps keep the doctor away. Well, most of the time. Sending you a sunshine smile Michelle :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      That's great reindeers!! May there be much more to bring out those lovely smiles!

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      reindeerz 4 years ago from Georgia

      I'm so happy I have tons to smile about lately. :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi Hubbers, hope lots of happiness comes your way today!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Now that's a wonderful smile, janisimus! thanks for dropping by!

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      Mahaveer Sanglikar 4 years ago from Pune, India

      :) :) :) :) :) :) :) :)

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Ah. Now that one's right, DzyMsLizzy. Who knows his or her agenda! Thanks for coming in!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      Hi, Audrey!! Glad this brought a smile!! Thanks for coming by!

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      Michelle Liew 4 years ago from Singapore

      A smile always says it all!! It's hard to do so when in a bad mood to begin with...but when you start, whatever caused the negative mood is forgotten. Thanks for coming in!!

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      Liz Elias 4 years ago from Oakley, CA

      Well put, and so true--most of the time--I will never, however, trust a smiling politician! ;-)

      Voted up and interesting.

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      Audrey Howitt 4 years ago from California

      Yay!! She said with a smile on her lips! Great hub!

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      Alecia Murphy 4 years ago from Wilmington, North Carolina

      I didn't know how much a smile effects everyday life but it's awesome how much one little expression can change our outlook and how we feel. It's hard sometimes to do it but I feel like smiling like music is a universal language that always translates. Great hub!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hi T4an....your hub will be smiling everyday! So will you :-)

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      T4an 5 years ago from Toronto, Ontario

      Fantastic hub! There is nothing smile to brighten up your day. Especially if it comes from a stranger. Come to think about it, when my husband comes home for work the first thing I look for is his smile. If he is smiling then I know it will be a good night. voted up!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Hugs and keep smiling, Susan! And Frankie will help us all stay that way!

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      Suelynn 5 years ago from Manitoba, Canada

      Fabulous hub, midget38! Got me smiling and enjoying Frankie as I write! :)))))) You thought of everything in your writing and all I can add is this: A smile increases your face value! Voted Up, Awesome, Interesting and Useful and sharing....

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Strange men have strange interpretations, yep! Thanks so much...and a smile and hug right back at you. :-)

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      Sheila Brown 5 years ago from Southern Oklahoma

      Wonderful hub! Smiling not only improves your mood, but the mood of who you smile at. Too many people are walking around with frowns on their faces. I try to smile at everyone with whom I make eye contact, except for maybe strange men, lol. Most people will smile back. Great hub, voted up and smiling!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Glad to keep you smiling, Kelly!

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      kelleyward 5 years ago

      You have such a wonderful smile Midget38! I'm smiling now. Voted up and Pinned! Kelley

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, my dear. Smiling is an easily available gift - one we do not take advantage enough of and use to others' advantage! Will be popping by your hubs shortly, Fennelseed!

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      Annie Fenn 5 years ago from Australia

      So many reasons to smile, reason enough to put frowning out of business forever!!! A lovely hub, I say, smiling. Thank you Midget, my votes and smiles to you and sharing!!!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yes,Josh,you do a fantastic job of smiling. :-) Indeed,makes you look great! Keep at it,always.

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      Joshua Zerbini 5 years ago from Pennsylvania

      Great hub Michelle! :) If only we could all just smile! :) Notice all my smiles? :) Voted up and awesome! :)

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Please do, Lastheart, it channels the positives! When your smile rises again, so will you!

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      Maria Magdalena Ruiz O'Farrill 5 years ago from Borikén the great land of the valiant and noble Lord

      Very god hub! I used to smile more than I do now, but after reading this hub..."I will let my smile rise again". Blessings!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Yep, Bill, had you in mind when I thought of sharing some stories. Will get to it!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      I hope you do; I'll find it fascinating!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks Bill, thinking of sharing some teaching experiences from Singapore soon!

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      Bill Holland 5 years ago from Olympia, WA

      Words to live by! You had me smiling with all the smiles! Great job!

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      Michelle Liew 5 years ago from Singapore

      Thanks, Mary, glad it made your day.....let's all make others and ourselves happy with a smile!

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      Mary Hyatt 5 years ago from Florida

      What a lovely Hub to begin my day: it made me smile!!! And on top of that, to see my very favorite singer ready to sing for me. Great Hub to make people smile.....I just love it when my 1 yr. old Great Granddaughter smiles and shows her beautiful dimples. Everyone looks better with a smile on their face.

      I voted this UP, and will share so everyone will smile when they read this.