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HOW TO DEVELOP YOUR SMILE
“Frown and you frown alone, but smile and the whole world smiles with you.” The whole world? Not just any smile will do, though. Here’s how to develop a genuine, infectious smile that can make a bad date turn good, seal a business deal, and help you make friends wherever you go.
1. Practice good hygiene. If you’ve got bits of food stuck in your teeth people might point it out to you and you might get embarrassed. People may indeed say you have an infectious smile, but they might be talking about actual infections. It should go without saying, but regularly brushing your teeth and making sure your breath is fresh and teeth are unstained is a good idea. Visit the dentist for a polishing or use a whitening product, and take care of your lips to prevent chapping. When you smile people will inevitably look at your mouth, so following these considerations will help you make a better impression, and, more importantly, a healthy mouth will make you feel more confident about smiling.
2. Get comfortable with smiling. Many people are a little nervous about smiling. They don’t think their smile looks good, or they think that smiling makes them look unprofessional or vulnerable. It’s true that a smile does show a little vulnerability, but that’s part of what makes it so powerful. No matter how professional, intelligent, or in control you think a serious face (or worse, a frown) makes you appear, people almost always respond better to a smile.
3. Smile with your eyes. When we think of smiling, we think of the mouth, but the eyes may actually be more essential to a warm, genuine smile. Smiling with your eyes is difficult to describe–in general your cheekbones lift slightly and your eyebrows dip a little–but when you see it, you know it: it’s that look of your eyes “lighting up” or “twinkling.” To get a feel for how to make your eyes smile, get in front of a mirror and practice smiling, but concentrate only on your eyes. You may find it helpful to cover the lower part of your face with a piece of paper. Play around with it a bit, and you’ll find that you can make your mouth smile when your eyes aren’t smiling, and you can also smile only with your eyes. When your eyes do smile, remember how it feels, which muscles are working and how. With practice, you’ll be able to smile with your eyes at will.
4. Develop your smile. Don’t particularly care for your smile? It’s a common complaint, and while it’s true that any smile is better than a frown, it’s also true that some smiles look better than others. What’s your best smile? One way to find out is to look through pictures of yourself. Many people who consider themselves not photogenic are plagued by bad smiles in front of the camera, but just about everybody has at least one picture in which they just look great, with a perfectly natural, contagious smile. Find that picture and focus on what your face is doing. Then practice in front of a mirror until you get it just right. Keep practicing, and pay attention to how that great smile feels, so that you’ll be able to replicate it without looking in a mirror. Soon it will become second nature, and you’ll likely find that you’ll look more photogenic in your next batch of pictures
WARNING – A fake smile can make you look phony, nervous, or even dangerous, so don’t just try to put on a smile without first practicing or putting yourself in a happy state of mind. (A fake smile is one where the corners of the mouth aren’t turned up)
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How To Smile: wikiHow.com – Story