We smile politely at friends or strangers.
Which smiles are genuine and which smiles are fake?
Here’s a quick interactive quiz from BBC to test your ability to spot the difference between a real smile and a fake one.
It’ll only take a minute. I’ll wait right here.
How’d you do? I’m sure once you figured out the secret, it was easier.
Crinkly eyes = a real smile. No wrinkles around the eyes, the smile’s a fake, or the result of too much Botox.
It’s true that intense fake smiles sometimes produce lines around the eyes . The cheeks will bunch up, making it look as if the eyes are contracting and the smile is genuine.
However, according to the experts when a smile is genuine, the eye cover fold – the fleshy part of the eye between the eyebrow and the eyelid – moves downwards and the end of the eyebrows dip slightly.
Fake or genuine I believe smiles are powerful. They spread optimism, happiness and joy. Most of all smiles are contagious.
Leo F. Buscaglia says,
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.”
YOUR TURN: Go spread some smiles.