Which smile is genuine, and which is social?

Which smile is genuine, and which is social?

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Which smile is genuine, and which is social?

“Whenever we smile, there are 2 potential muscles we activate. The first one is the zygomaticus major and it controls the corners of your mouth. Whenever this muscle only is activated, it’s not actually a genuine smile. Scientists call this also the “social” smile. The second muscle, known to show sincerity is the obicularis occuli and it encircles our eye socket.”

Here’s a great piece on the science of smiling: 


Turns out, smiling is good for you. But I guess most of us already knew that. 


HT Jeffrey J Davis 


  1. THe “B” smile is a real smile

  2. I remember reading a novel where the protagonist knew that the bad guy was not sincere. The protagonist noticed that when the bad guy smiled, the “smile did not reach his eyes”

  3. I think you got it, Uwe Reese. 

    Winchell Chung, that is a great quote. This isn’t something I’d actually consciously tuned into before. It’s more of an unconscious awareness I suppose, but I think it’s useful to be aware of this. 

  4. I don’t trust that guy on the left. He looks … dangerous.

  5. True, most profile portraits in g+ are type A smiles.

  6. definitely B. The big challenge is to activate those muscles without squinting or triggering some eyelid folds/bags/flappiness underneath. 

  7. So what happened to genuinely social? 😉

  8. And don’t trust people who smile and frown at the same time

  9. Dude, thanks for the share. When I first read the article, I thought maybe you were the “smile model”

  10. “B”….you can tell in the eye’s.

  11. Good question, Joshua Berg. Maybe we need to do a little work on Benny Chin’s point about people’s profile pics here. I secret is having someone you love take your picture. 

  12. Jeffrey J Davis, that would have been more interesting. I’m still practicing though…;-)

  13. “A” is the genuine smile

  14. Easy, A is false, B s genuine 😉

    btw: can you tell if a 😉 is false or genuine?

  15. B looks like he’s smiling from soul A looks constipated lol even though it may look somewhat genuine ..

  16. I wonder which is the predominant smile type when taken with our eyes closed.

  17. I think that Google is working on an algorithm for detecting how genuine our emoticons are, Susanne Ramharter. 

  18. ahhh, that must be why the green light on my laptop camera keeps turning on when I start with the “;-” Gideon Rosenblatt 😀

  19. Hal awakens with a 😉 Susanne Ramharter. 

  20. I agree with John Borgen 

  21. Smilingatyou :- ) Happy Easter Gideon Rosenblatt !

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