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We feel quite better when somebody smiles at us and we smile in return. Smiling person is loved most than one who presses lips tightly and glares at you. Smile’s magical in human society. It helps in winning people’s hearts and draw sympathy and favor. Smiley and emoticon has become integral part of text messaging and chatting applications around the world.
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'''Smiling person is loved most than one pressing lips tightly and glaring at you.''' We feel quite better when somebody [[smiles]] at us and we tempt to smile in return. Smile’s magical in human society. It helps in winning people’s hearts and draw sympathy and favor.
   
'''Why we smile at each other so obviously - without training or compulsion?''' Answer’s both exciting and bizarre. Let’s understand how we came to know about its origin.
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt">But why we smile at each other so obviously - without training or compulsion? '''Answer’s both exciting and bizarre. '''Let’s understand how we came to know about its original at first place.</p>
   
Very few of us might know that our primate cousins (apes and monkeys) also smile at each other. In their society, smiling has lot to do with social harmony, dominance and survival ultimately. When two primates stand in front of each other or pass along side, edges of their mouth turn upward and teeth are displayed. By doing this, they make each other feel safe by passing a message, “''Don’t scare. I’m not bearing teeth at you. I’m friendly''.
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt">'''[[File:Monkey_smile.jpg|thumb|left]]Very few of us might know that our primate cousins (apes and monkeys) also smile at each other. '''Smiling in their society has lot to do with [[social dominance]] and survival ultimately. When two primates stand in front of each other or pass along side, edge of their mouth cringe.</p>
   
In social situation, direct eye contact made with enlarged eyeballs and pressed lips are sign of threat. If any person is confronting to such kind eye contact made by others for a considerable amount of time, it’s assured that it would result in either running away or retaliation (limbic flight or fight response). '''Elongated hostile gaze leads to parasympathetic distress and our primate cousins use same strategy smartly.''' Dominant male gorillas stare with hostile facial expressions to control large group of sub-ordinates and to derogate rebellions or rivals. It's sort of territorial invasion and also invitation to fight.
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt">By doing this, they make each other feel safe. Unconsciously they pass a message, '''“Don’t scare. I’m not bearing teeth at you. I’m friendly.'''</p>
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''Only dominant male (head of group) smiles very less. He exerts his dominance over the sub-dominant members by portraying anger on face.''
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt">[[File:Smile18.jpg|thumb|left]]If we keenly look at [[facial expressions]] of between angry – teeth bearing person and smiling person, the difference talks a loud itself. '''Edges of angry person’s mouth are turned downwards and teeth are displayed quite often. Whereas, edges of smiling person’s mouth are turned upwards despite of teeth display.'''</p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt">It clearly means that not showing angry or disappointed approach towards others make them feel safe from you.</p>
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<p style="margin: 0in 0in 10pt">'''''Imagine a person glaring at you with tight lips pressed for long time; you would unconsciously tempt to retaliate or run away even if you both are familiar with each other.'''''</p>
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[[File:Smile12.jpg|thumb|left]]We evolved from primates and got smile in heredity. We further evolved smile for expressing ''acceptance, friendliness, approachability, innocence, agreeability, fondness ''etc. All these expressions are closely related to non-threatening social behavior.
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'''We can portray 43 different kinds of smile. Most of them are related to courtship/flirting.''' <!-- can we have this list with a reference please-->
   
'''Thus smiling is comparatively less related with lips and teeth than eye balls and gaze.''' Orbicular muscles (Orbicularis Occuli) around the eyes contract while smiling to unconsciously convey that an individual is afraid of other person(s). Contracted orbicular muscles helps to protect eyes from possible attack and also reverse the effect of stronger gaze i.e. our eyeballs appear smaller. Separating both lips and turning their corners upward might have evolved to enhance orbicular muscles (Orbicularis Occuli) contraction.
 
 
'''Displaying teeth along with fearful gaze creates overall effect of harmless intentions.''' A thin band of Zomgatic muscles on both side of face arising from Zygomatic bone i.e. near ear and merging into Orbicularis Oris (circular muscles around mouth) and skin of mouth corners also contracts and pulls edges of lips upwards while smiling.
 
   
Smiling or looking at smiling faces associated with Endorphin (a neurotransmitter) secretion so as to induce happy feelings in mind even if smile is genuine or fake. We different kinds of smiles for expressing acceptance, approachability, innocence, happiness, friendliness, agreeableness, fondness etc. All these facial expressions are non-threatening for others.
 
   
We can portray 43 different kinds of smiles.
 
   
 
Following are apparent scenarios when we find somebody smiling (at each other):
 
Following are apparent scenarios when we find somebody smiling (at each other):
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Smiling person is loved most than one pressing lips tightly and glaring at you. We feel quite better when somebody smiles at us and we tempt to smile in return. Smile’s magical in human society. It helps in winning people’s hearts and draw sympathy and favor.

But why we smile at each other so obviously - without training or compulsion? Answer’s both exciting and bizarre. Let’s understand how we came to know about its original at first place.

Monkey smile
Very few of us might know that our primate cousins (apes and monkeys) also smile at each other. Smiling in their society has lot to do with social dominance and survival ultimately. When two primates stand in front of each other or pass along side, edge of their mouth cringe.

By doing this, they make each other feel safe. Unconsciously they pass a message, “Don’t scare. I’m not bearing teeth at you. I’m friendly.”

Only dominant male (head of group) smiles very less. He exerts his dominance over the sub-dominant members by portraying anger on face.

Smile18
If we keenly look at facial expressions of between angry – teeth bearing person and smiling person, the difference talks a loud itself. Edges of angry person’s mouth are turned downwards and teeth are displayed quite often. Whereas, edges of smiling person’s mouth are turned upwards despite of teeth display.

It clearly means that not showing angry or disappointed approach towards others make them feel safe from you.

Imagine a person glaring at you with tight lips pressed for long time; you would unconsciously tempt to retaliate or run away even if you both are familiar with each other.

Smile12
We evolved from primates and got smile in heredity. We further evolved smile for expressing acceptance, friendliness, approachability, innocence, agreeability, fondness etc. All these expressions are closely related to non-threatening social behavior.


We can portray 43 different kinds of smile. Most of them are related to courtship/flirting.



Following are apparent scenarios when we find somebody smiling (at each other):

A) Two familiar persons are walking on the street and suddenly watch each other. One of them waves hand at the other or calls him/her by name. Both smile at each other after coming closer at the distance where both can see each other’s face clearly.

B) An annoyed father scolds his baby in dramatic way and starts glaring at her, baby flashes a sweet smile and makes funny - innocent noise. Father’s annoyance disappears in moments and he also starts smiling at her in return.

C) A candidate facing interview smiles a brief while introducing himself/herself to interviewers.

D) A young you boy smiles at girl he finds attractive. Girl coyly smiles at him in return.

E) Two strangers bump on each other on crowded walk way. Both of them smile at each other and apologize.

F) Children wave their hands and smile at tourists riding a bus passing by them and commuters reciprocate by smile and hand wave.

G) A school girl offers a piece of cake to stranger baby with smile while playing in park. Baby returns an innocent smile at her and accepts cake.

Sachchidanand Swami (Nonverbal World) - August 9, 2011 (UTC)

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