Cost of a smile

India
June 8, 2010 12:48am CST
A smile costs nothing. But, it’s the speed of your giggle that can shape the first impressions others may have of you, say researchers. A new study has revealed that a too quick or too broad smile is often regarded as insincere while a slower giggle is perceived to be much more genuine, British tabloid the 'Daily Express' reported. For most people, smiling at a first meeting is a natural response as they try to build up a rapport. The study focused on how smiling can help businesses give their clients a more positive impression. The researchers identified three types of smiles as being a real turn-off. They are: The Enthusiast, a huge smile showing the teeth, the Robot, a tiny polite smile, and the Big Freeze, a fixed, practiced grimace, are ones to avoid, according to the study. The development director Lesley Meechan said: "An instant smile for anybody who comes your way does not make the other person feel special at all and can seem false. People perceive a slower, natural smile which floods the entire face to be more genuine." So how you smile, to which category you belong? Share your views. Professor
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• Philippines
8 Jun 10
Very informative my smile is genuine to attract people in real life :-)
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• India
8 Jun 10
Welcome to mylot imyself, keep smiling and be happy.... Thanks for response. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
• Mexico
8 Jun 10
Hi i myself: . For me it's a little bit difficult to know when a person is just being fake or honest just by the way they smile. I hope my smile look like a genuine smile. Now I try to smile more often, because life it's only one and we have to enjoy vthis time. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
8 Jun 10
GUess my smile floods the face for I was told that people liked my smile so that they wante to smile too
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• India
8 Jun 10
That is so nice sister, wish i could see your smile.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@Lakota12 (42684)
• United States
9 Jun 10
thanks and your welcome
@llbo1981 (1242)
• China
8 Jun 10
The cost of a smile is zero,i think.There is a saying,"Smile is the best medicine of health."So we can see that the smile not only no cost,but also cure our illness.Another,smile can bring happy to others while your meeting.Other people can feel pleasing when you smile to them.Often smile can make you become younger and younger.So smile to yourself and others,do it.
• India
8 Jun 10
Welcome to mylot and my discussions, smile is the best and cheapest cure for all ailments.. Thanks for sharing. Cheers. Professor
• United States
8 Jun 10
I agree. Smiling and laughing are one of the easiest ways to make you feel better. No pills necessary. I like to smile a lot and laugh a lot too. The laughing makes me smile, especially around children. I hate taking pictures because I feel so many smiles are not genuine. They are plastered on your face for a picture. I'd rather have the photographers say something funny to make me smile instead.
@dorannmwin (36698)
• United States
10 Jun 10
I'm a member of the the group of people that are slower to smile at another person. The reason that I am like this has nothing to do with wanting to create a lasting impression with another person, instead, my smile is slow to come because I actually tend to be quite shy around other people the first time that I meet them. So, I suppose that one of the things that I perceive to be a shortcoming in my personality is actually something that can also work to my benefit.
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• India
28 Jun 10
It is not shortcoming in your personality Doran Thanks for response. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@tigeraunt (6331)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
hello professor, i guess am a person who has more smiles that the what you call "serious looking face". i just smile so easily (unless am not feeling bad inside me, or feeling pain in my body), that is me. i love to smile at people, even strangers. i dont see anything wrong with it. it makes a day bright with people smiling. i would feel good too if someone smiles at me. have a nice day. ann
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• India
9 Jun 10
Yes Ann dear, it is evident from your picture here.. Thanks . Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@qianyun6 (2069)
• China
9 Jun 10
I am really sad to hear even smile has become a tool. I don't know what are these researchers thinking, can you judge whether one is sincere or not by his/her smile style? phiz can be trained, but I will never train my phiz even though it can make me success. I won't classify my smile too. I think it's useless. Which is good smile, which is bad smile, aren't you tired to distinguish it?
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• India
9 Jun 10
Thanks for response. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@ellago (128)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
I think I have the Enthusiast smile. When I smile with someone, that someone returns the smile back. It makes me happy and make me smile more.
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• India
9 Jun 10
That's wonderful.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome, Cheers. Professor
• India
9 Jun 10
There are people at work who keep smiling at you buy when it comes to real work they all are so bad. Its just smile on face and inside is just black. They smile like the happiest person after meeting me but inside saying that oh no why I saw him. I do believe that Smile is something same size fits for all and cost nothing. We should smile but I hate fake smile. Hope that people will smile from heart and not just to show smiling. Keep Smiling.
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• India
9 Jun 10
You are right Ajay, these days smiles are fake too.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@elleb0418 (1107)
• Philippines
9 Jun 10
I am into the enthusiast smile.Everytime I meet new friends they always tell me that they love my smile.And everytime i will not see them they will tell me that they misses my smile. That's why sometimes if ever I will joke to someone,I will tell that...dont focus on my smile because through my smile,I know i can make you fall for me...:):)
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• India
9 Jun 10
Thanks for sharing your view my friend. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
• Mexico
8 Jun 10
Hi Professor: I agree with you. A smile cost nothing and I'd also add that it can give people a lot. You can help someone with just a smile. You can tell someone that you love him/ her or that he/ she is not alone simply if you smile. In my case I smile slowly and maybe a litle bit shy but that's a nice way to start a conversation. Thanks for your answer. Have a nice day. ALVARO.
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• India
9 Jun 10
Smile acts as a sign language, conveys our message.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@jaiho2009 (39001)
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
hello prof, Yup,i do agree with some smiles definition. A quick smile doesn't mean that,the person appreciates you when they gave you a quick smile. As for me,i do smile to people whom i knew when meeting them at unexpected places. I smile as sign of response when people smiled at me. I smile when i saw/read or hear something funny. I am the kind of person who easily smile. A smile is a simple way of gesture...very simple yet,it does have a deeper meaning. Not all people smile or can be please easily,so,smile is one of the priceless gesture from a friend,or a strangers when it comes from the heart and is given genuinely.
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• India
9 Jun 10
You must have smiled while responding..i am sure it came from your heart.. Thanks for sharing. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
• Philippines
8 Jun 10
thanks for sharing this. whoa, that's a whole lot new interpretation about smiles. oh no, i smile instantly whenever i feel positive towards someone or something. does that mean that it's not sincere? =(
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• India
8 Jun 10
No it does not mean you are not sincere... Thanks. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@saphrina (31739)
• South Africa
8 Jun 10
I have a slow and natural smile sweetie. Mine is always genuine. TATA.
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• India
8 Jun 10
I agree Sweety, you are free frank.. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@rastogisw (446)
• India
8 Jun 10
I think mine is both enthusiast as well as robot coz when I am with strangers then smile is robot coz I dont feel like to give big smile to them and when I am with friends or know or family people then enthusiast smile.
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• India
8 Jun 10
Welcome always. Thanks for response Cheers. Professor
@bodhisatya (2384)
• India
8 Jun 10
I guess I am the robotic type even worse. Actually, never gave a deep thought of that sort but what I feel is i am not that much of a person to keep grinning. ( What? I am trying to change!)
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• India
8 Jun 10
Thanks for response, keep smiling. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor
@roberten (3131)
• United States
8 Jun 10
That is a good question. I do not know but will study my reactions to determine my smile type. I am not quick to give smiles; I trained myself not to do that because some people take a smile the wrong way. I'm guessing I must be a cross between the two because I smile quickly at some and more slowly at others depending on the vive I get from them.
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• India
8 Jun 10
Thanks for response and sharing your views. Welcome always. Cheers. Professor