It seems Americans losing the ability to smile sincerley, as their smiles rarely touch the eyes (“Botox Smile”) – the measure of a genuine smile, while Brits tend to use more expressive smiles that use the cheeks and show eye crow feet.
Cultural smiling difference have been reported before, for example Russians smile less than Americans (no kidding, really? LOL)
For a bit of fun, Test your ability to spot a fake smile.
Thing is, fake or not, smiling works. Check this out – smiling makes the sender and the recipient both feel better.
“In one study participants were instructed watch cartoons holding a pencil in their mouths, either between their lips or between their teeth. People with the pencils in their lips were therefore prevented from smiling. It turned out that the people with the pencils in their teeth, who could smile, rated cartoons funnier than those who could not (David and Palladino 2000).”
The article does contain a worrying side effect of the fake smile though, can make you seem submissive or open to sexual advances ..
As the song goes
If you smile
Through your fear and sorrow
Smile and maybe tomorrow
You’ll find that life is still worthwhile
If you just smile