Your Smiley Face :)

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Smile is the best accessory that one can flaunt. It has been seen that a sweet smile is enough to break the ice among strangers. Many a love stories have been triggered off by a sweet smile and many songs have been dedicated by lovers to the sweet smile of their beloved. The art of mastering the perfect smile is extremely crucial for all of us. After all, who does not want to look good? All of us want to – right? A smile alone can light up your entire face and make you look ravishing. Have you thought why some snaps of yours are better than the others? It is only because of your smile. A smile changes the contours of your face and accentuates your features. A sweet smile can transform you from a plain Jane to a ravishing Diva.

One needs to sport a good set of teeth while smiling. It is important that you consult a dentist and get your smile situation fixed. Nothing is more unattractive and disturbing than a set of ugly teeth jutting out every time you smile. It is important that you get your gum and teeth setting rectified as required. That does not mean that it is a dire necessity. Many people are supposed to have a sweet smile even if the setting of their teeth is not perfect and correct.

Lips play an important role while smiling. Ensure that your lips are not chapped, and are perfectly outlined and filled with lipstick,

in order to accentuate your features.Chapped lips are a no-no and rob the charm from your smiles.

Ensure that your smile is genuine and reaches to your eyes. Nothing is a big turn off than a pretentious and false smile. Even if you grin, ensure that it reaches your eyes and seem genuine. Only then will it reach the heart of others.

 

Why you should smile at strangers

Next time you’re out walking about, you may want to give passers-by a smile, or at least a nod. Recent research reveals that these tiny gestures can make people feel more connected.

People who have been acknowledged by a stranger feel more connected to others immediately after the experience than people who have been deliberately ignored, according to study reported here today (May 24) at the annual meeting of the Society for the Study of Motivation.

“Ostracism is painful,” said study researcher Eric Wesselmann, a social psychologist at Purdue University in Indiana. “Sometimes, colloquially, I like to say ostracism sucks. It’s not a pleasant experience.”

The pain is psychological, but it can also extend to the physical. Studies have linked loneliness to a weakened immune system and a hardening of the arteries, for example. And a variety of laboratory experiments have shown that when a person is excluded, even if for a brief time in something as inconsequential as a silly computer game, they feel worse about themselves and experience an all-around sour mood.

Researchers suspect that this response is evolutionary. Humans are social animals, adapted for group living, Wesselmann said.  

“If you depend upon others for your survival, if you are culled from that group, you are as good as dead,” he said.

If that’s the case, people should be very tuned-in to clues about social acceptance and rejection. Wesselmann and his colleagues decided to conduct a subtle experiment to find out. Their participants, 239 pedestrians in a busy campus area, didn’t even know they were part of a study. They simply passed by someone who acknowledged them politely, acknowledged them with a smile or stared straight through them as if they weren’t even there. The researchers were aiming to create a feeling the Germans call “wie Luft behandeln,” or “to be looked at as though air.” [ 7 Thoughts That Are Bad For You ]

(Psychology has also explained another German expression, “ schadenfreude,” or the joy we sometimes get when others fail.)

Immediately after this encounter, the unknowing participants got waylaid by another person who asked them to fill out a survey on social connectedness. The participants had no idea that the stranger who had just passed them was part of this study. A fourth group of participants filled out the survey without ever encountering the stranger at all.

The survey results showed that being pointedly ignored by a stranger had an immediate effect. Participants who’d gotten the cold shoulder reported feeling more socially disconnected than people who’d gotten acknowledged, whether that acknowledgement came with a smile or not. People who hadn’t encountered the stranger fell somewhere in the middle.

Cities, suburbs and rural areas all have their own rules about street meet-and-greets. (You’d likely get strange looks nodding at every stranger on the sidewalk in Manhattan, but ignoring fellow walkers in small-town Tennessee wouldn’t be looked upon kindly.) Those regional differences could influence the results, Wesselmann told LiveScience, though it’s likely that the deliberate “wie Luft behandeln” look would be off-putting anywhere.

Wesselmann and his colleagues detailed their results in February in the journal Psychological Science.

Top 10 Reasons to Smile as you Age

Top 10 Reasons to  Smile as You Age

1. Smiling Boosts  Your Immune System

Smiling helps your immune  system work well. When you smile, immune function improves because you  are more relaxed and allow your body to exist in a more positive, stress-free  environment. Prevent the flu and colds by smiling more!

2. Smiling Makes  Us Attractive– Makes Us Look Better

We are drawn to people who smile. There  is an attraction factor that happens. We want to know a smiling person  and figure out what is so good. Frowns, scowls and grimaces all push  people away — but a smile draws them. Smile at more people more often.

3. Smiling Changes  Our Mood & Attitude

Next time you are feeling  down, try putting on a smile. Try smiling more, over a period a few  minutes or few hours, there’s a good chance your mood will change for  the better. Smiling can trick the body into helping you change your  mood.

4. Smiling is Contagious

When someone is smiling,  they lighten up the room, change the moods of others, and make things  happier. A smiling person brings happiness along with them. Smile lots  and you will draw more people to you.

5. Smiling Relieves  Stress

Stress can really show  up in our faces. Smiling helps to prevent us from looking stressed,  tired, worn down, and overwhelmed. When you are stressed, take time  to put on a smile. The stress should be reduced and you’ll be better  able to take positive actions.

6. Smiling Lowers  Your Blood Pressure

When you smile, there  is a measurable reduction in your Blood Pressure. Give it a try if you  have a blood pressure monitor at home. Sit for a few minutes, take a  reading. Then smile for a minute and take another reading while still  smiling. Do you notice a difference? Smiling is good for the blood!

7. Smiling Releases  Endorphins, Natural Pain Killers and Serotonin

Studies have shown that  smiling releases endorphins, natural pain killers, and serotonin. Together  these three make us feel good. Smiling is a free, “natural drug”.

8.  Smiling Lifts the Face and Makes You Look Younger

The muscles we use to  smile lift the face, making a person appear younger. Don’t go out and  get a face lift, just try smiling your way through the day — you’ll  look younger and feel better. If  you look at people who have wrinkles or facial lines, you’ll notice  that most of the lines on their face follow their most natural facial  expressions.  If you were to choose between frown lines or smile lines  as your lines and wrinkles for the future, which would you rather?

9. Smiling Makes  You Seem Successful in Life

Smiling people appear  more confident, happier, more settled in their lives, and more likely  to be approached in social settings. Put on a smile at gatherings and  people will react to you differently.

10. Smiling Helps  You Stay Positive

Try this test: Smile.  Now try to think of something negative without losing the smile. It’s  hard. When we smile our body is sending the rest of us a message that  “Life is Good!” Stay away from depression, stress and worry  by smiling more!

The more you smile,  the more positive you feel and see things.  There was another research  study where participants were either encouraged or prevented to smile.   Those that were able to smile rated cartoons as being funnier than the  group who were prevented to smile, implying that your overall outlook  is more positive and happy.

Smile as  much as you can.  If you concentrate on smiling, you actually can  feel better.  Believe it or not, there is research behind this.  There  is a theory called ‘facial feedback’ hypothesis.  It states that  “involuntary facial movements provide sufficient peripheral information  to drive emotional experience” implying that you may actually improve  your mood (and life!) by smiling.