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Decoding Smile

By Culture DiscoveryPublished 2 months ago 5 min read
Decoding Smile

Eastern people often say: "A smile is equal to 10 doses of tonic", while Western people believe that "Smile is the key to success". So what relationship does smiling have to human health and success?

Laughter is one of the most subtle forms of expressing human emotions. Researchers have listed dozens of different types of smiles: timid smiles, smirks, bright smiles, threatening smiles, serene smiles, suggestive smiles...

Laughter is one of the most subtle forms of expressing human emotions. Researchers have listed dozens of different types of smiles: timid smiles, smirks, bright smiles, threatening smiles, serene smiles, suggestive smiles...

Laugh - the operation is not simple

Laughter is first of all a mechanism controlled by the brain. According to scientists, this reflex starts from a stimulus in the anterior part of the hypothalamus (hypothalamus). This is a high-level nerve center that governs all activities of our body's autonomic nervous system. From there, this stimulus spreads out like a wave and sends a nerve impulse to the limbic system, an emotional center of the brain. From there, a signal will be emitted: muscle tone will relax, and satisfying emotional expressions will appear on the face. Conversely, a stimulation in the posterior part of the hypothalamus will elicit aversive responses.

On the other hand, for us humans to be able to "bloom" the simplest smile, at least 15 muscle parts must work simultaneously. Fifteen muscle parts are just to initiate a "slight movement of the eyes and lips", according to the rather simple definitions we read in dictionaries. But not only that, each type of smile is related to different muscle parts, to create the unique features of each type of smile. When we smile to be polite, it is just a simple "movement" of the lips and the contraction of the large zygomatic muscle. Meanwhile, a radiant laugh when too happy will cause the body to "mobilize" the musculature of the eyelid rim. This muscle part will be activated automatically when we feel pleasant feelings. Therefore, it is impossible to confuse an awkward smile with a happy smile.

So, in our social life, how many times do we laugh each day? It's impossible to say, because this depends on each individual and each situation. Smiling will then help reveal the emotional states that we humans are in at that time. In fact, we smile not only because of satisfaction but also because of many other complex psychological and emotional reasons. Furthermore, a question that arises is when did humans know how to laugh? At birth? Not so. In children, a smile appears when the baby is about a month old, or at the latest when the baby is 3 months old. Your baby will smile when he sees a familiar face, when he hears a pleasant sound, and especially after being fed. Later, through the learning process, each individual will have different smiles that represent many of its meanings. Psychologist Paul Ekman has listed 19 different types of smiles, including smiles of fear, smiles of contempt or smirks, sarcasm and smiles. forced.

In short, laughter is a form of language different from speech, a means for us to express what we "don't say with words". A smile will then open up a wide range of communication. Below, we would like to decode 6 smiles that are considered basic for humans.

Welcome Smile - This is a "Marketing" Smile

A welcoming smile or a polite smile has a nature that is both close and creates distance. When we encounter this smile, we will naturally feel joy and trust, even if the person we are talking to does not have any friendly relationship with us. Alexandra, 36 years old, recounted: "I always remember the smile of the lady selling bread at the store, when I sometimes stop by to buy a loaf. That smile always makes me happy and makes me want to stop by and buy it again." The nature of this smile is that it doesn't matter who we are, but it "hits" the general emotional part of us. "A sincere smile will arouse in us a very sensitive innate reflex, directing us to the good," the Dalai Lama emphasized in the bookAncient wisdom and the modern world.

a smile but divided into many emotions

Laughing in agreement - This is the "Engaging" smile

A smile of agreement shows that the subject also belongs to a common problem or situation like us. This smile shows a unanimous agreement with certain individuals we choose. Taiwanese photographer Steven, 25, explains: "I always like to 'capture' the climactic moments of eye contact and consensual smiles, whether it's the expressions of people I happen to meet." found on the street". The smiles that Steven has collected are the most memorable memories of his photography trips.

Seductive smile - This is a "seductive" smile

German expert on ethologyIrenaus eggEibsfeldt has proven that smiles are present in most of the seductive ways of humans around the world. In France, women most appreciate a man who always smiles happily (37%), before the charm of his eyes (13%). That smile was both reassuring and protective. Claire, a 38-year-old engaged photography researcher, recounted: "Sometimes, when he didn't know what to do to please me, he would smile gently and quite mischievously. I immediately felt betrayed. captivated and completely confident.

Defensive Smile - This is a "Self-Defense" Smile

When we accidentally face someone we don't know, the first weapon we will use is nothing more than a smile. This is a "trump card" played to neutralize the opponent, eliminating the attack impulses that the opponent may have when we look at them. This is considered a sign of peace that we share with all civilizations in the world. As 25-year-old Emmanuelle confessed: "When I walk into a room in which I don't know anyone, I naturally smile as if to reassure myself."

Smile boldly - This is a smile that "Strengthens confidence"

Learning how to smile to keep us always having a positive attitude and appearance is the first step that leads us to success in life. Cardiologist Elisabeth, 48, confided: "I always have to practice smiling and speaking in public. That will make me more confident." Such a smile will help us better control ourselves when stressed, help us better cope with changes in life, so that we can have a more peaceful and serene attitude. Ludovic, 27 years old said: "Once I wondered how I could ask the director to let me take a month off without pay. In the end, I decided to go to the director first with a request. smile. And everything went smoothly." A smile like that helped create another smile…

Forced smile - This is a faulty smile

Not only is it always used to indicate satisfaction, a forced smile can still appear on our lips when we have just committed some clumsy action or when we are shy, embarrassed or express a bad mood. disorder. Psychotherapy expert Catherine Aimelet-Perissol explains: "A bored smile shows that we want to control our emotions, not endure it." Therefore, if smiling is to find strength in relationships, then smiling can also express our... soft feelings.

Just a normal smile. but in a certain aspect it is also for us to comment and comment.

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Comments (2)

  • Alex H Mittelman 2 months ago

    I love smiling. 🇮🇱 I’m smitten with a smile!

  • I went through your article and I didn’t find any grammatical errors

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