Friday, June 15, 2012


One of the most common things people share is a smile. It is one of the easiest things to give someone. Usually, when I am happy, I smile. I also smile when I'm nervous. Sometimes, I smile when I'm conveying superiority. "Smiling is innate and appears in infants almost from birth....The first smiles appear two to twelve hours after birth and seem void of content. Infants simply issue them, and they help parents bond. We respond; they don't know what they're doing. The second phase of smiling begins sometime between the fifth week and fourth month. It is the "social smile," in which the infant smiles while fixing its gaze on a person's face."

Proverbs 15:13 "When people are happy, they smile, but when they are sad, they look depressed." GNTD
I love reading Proverbs, but I don't know if the physicality of a smile is that simple. Smile=Happy, Sad=Frown. People tend to be very "poker-faced" these days and in this society. And it's true that people smile for all sorts of reasons, only one of which is to signal happiness. Ekman describes many kinds of smiles, from the "felt" or true smile to the fear smile, the contempt smile, the dampened smile, the miserable smile, and a number of others.

Daniel McNeill, author of The Face: A Natural History, says, Whatever their origin or motivation, smiles have a powerful effect on us humans. As McNeill points out, "Though courtroom judges are equally likely to find smilers and nonsmilers guilty, they give smilers lighter penalties, a phenomenon called the 'smile-leniency effect.'"

"If you see someone without a smile, give them yours!" -- Dolly Parton

Regardless, today is Friday. It's a good day. So, SMILE!



  1. I'm smiling today because my little one only has 3 school days left, and because this time next week I will be smiling at your face!


  2. Haha. True, but WHY does your face smile? ;)
    Can't wait till the reunion.