Last Updated on May 17, 2022
What’s in a smile?
For a long time, we assumed that we smile because we feel happy or content. However, many studies show that this act is more complex than we previously thought. While it’s true that smiling is sometimes due to cheerfulness, it can also be a natural response to various experiences.
For instance: some people smile when they feel embarrassed or helpless; and others involuntarily smile when a stranger does the same thing.
Is there such a thing as a fake smile?
Why we smile has been studied by scientists for years. Thanks to their research, we now know that there is such a thing as a genuine smile – called Duchenne smile. This happens when someone’s grin reaches their eyes and creates those tiny wrinkles, known as crow’s feet.
Experts say that you can’t voluntarily activate the muscles around your eyes for the Duchenne smile. So when you see someone display this, you can be sure that it’s the real deal. Does this mean non-Duchenne smiles are fake? Not really. Scientists prefer to call that type of smile as ‘polite’.
Amazing Smile Quotes
Who says you can’t ‘fake it ‘til you make it’? Maybe that’s exactly what you need to do if nothing else is going right. It’s also contagious. Want to make someone feel better? Maybe distract them a bit from their problems? Smiling is the way to go.
Need a little mood lift? Let these cute smile quotes boost your spirits and send some inspiration your way.
“Love yourself for who you are, and trust me, if you are happy from within, you are the most beautiful person, and your smile is your best asset.” – Ileana D’Cruz
“Peace is the beauty of life. It is sunshine. It is the smile of a child, the love of a mother, the joy of a father, the togetherness of a family. It is the advancement of man, the victory of a just cause, the triumph of truth.” – Menachem Begin
“Let my soul smile through my heart and my heart smile through my eyes, that I may scatter rich smiles in sad hearts.” – Paramahansa Yogananda
“Because of your smile, you make life more beautiful.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Smile from your heart; nothing is more beautiful than a woman who is happy to be herself.” – Kubra Sait
“If you have only one smile in you give it to the people you love.” – Maya Angelou
“Lighten up, just enjoy life, smile more, laugh more, and don’t get so worked up about things.” – Kenneth Branagh
“Smile in the mirror. Do that every morning and you’ll start to see a big difference in your life.” – Yoko Ono
“Share your smile with the world. It’s a symbol of friendship and peace.” – Christie Brinkley
“Smiling is definitely one of the best beauty remedies. If you have a good sense of humor and a good approach to life, that’s beautiful.” – Rashida Jones
“Whatever comes in my way, I take it with smile.” – Kubra Sait
“Nothing beats a great smile.” – Karl Urban
“I love those who can smile in trouble, who can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but they whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves their conduct, will pursue their principles unto death.” – Leonardo da Vinci
“I can’t change my personality. I’ll always smile, but I’ll be more focused.” – Katarina Johnson-Thompson
“Did I offer peace today? Did I bring a smile to someone’s face? Did I say words of healing? Did I let go of my anger and resentment? Did I forgive? Did I love? These are the real questions. I must trust that the little bit of love that I sow now will bear many fruits, here in this world and the life to come.” – Henri Nouwen
“The truth is, we all face hardships of some kind, and you never know the struggles a person is going through. Behind every smile, there’s a story of a personal struggle.” – Adrienne C. Moore
“Always wear a smile because you never know who is watching.” – Gracie Gold
“A smile is the light in your window that tells others that there is a caring, sharing person inside.” – Denis Waitley
“I just think a big smile and feeling confident makes you beautiful.” – Maye Musk
“I wake up every morning literally with a smile on my face, grateful for another day I never thought I’d see.” – Dick Cheney
“Few things in the world are more powerful than a positive push. A smile. A world of optimism and hope. A ‘you can do it’ when things are tough.” – Richard M. DeVos
“Beauty is truth’s smile when she beholds her own face in a perfect mirror.” – Rabindranath Tagore
“I’ve had to learn to fight all my life – got to learn to keep smiling. If you smile things will work out.” – Serena Williams
“My mother is a big believer in being responsible for your own happiness. She always talked about finding joy in small moments and insisted that we stop and take in the beauty of an ordinary day. When I stop the car to make my kids really see a sunset, I hear my mother’s voice and smile.” – Jennifer Garner
“Show me a smile, and I’ll show you one back.” – Vanilla Ice
“Don’t cry because it’s over. Smile because it happened.” – Dr. Seuss
“The fact that I can plant a seed and it becomes a flower, share a bit of knowledge and it becomes another’s, smile at someone and receive a smile in return, are to me continual spiritual exercises.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo Buscaglia
“Sometimes your joy is the source of your smile, but sometimes your smile can be the source of your joy.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“Youth is something I never wanna take for granted. I just want to smile and live life.” – Tyler, The Creator
“Your smile will give you a positive countenance that will make people feel comfortable around you.” – Les Brown
“While you’re going through this process of trying to find the satisfaction in your work, pretend you feel satisfied. Tell yourself you had a good day. Walk through the corridors with a smile rather than a scowl. Your positive energy will radiate. If you act like you’re having fun, you’ll find you are having fun.” – Jean Chatzky
“The main thing that you have to remember on this journey is, just be nice to everyone and always smile.” – Ed Sheeran
“Beauty is power; a smile is its sword.” – John Ray
“Nothing you wear is more important than your smile.” – Connie Stevens
“My children are the reason I laugh, smile and want to get up every morning.” – Gena Lee Nolin
“My smile will always be broken, but I’ll always be grateful for the chance to get to do what I get to do.” – Trent Franks
“After every storm the sun will smile; for every problem there is a solution, and the soul’s indefeasible duty is to be of good cheer.” – William R. Alger
“A smile is like an instant facelift and an instant mood lift.” – Christie Brinkley
“I’m continually inspired by nature, and the rainbow is one of nature’s greatest optical phenomenons. The sighting of a rainbow never fails to bring a smile to people’s faces. They signify optimism and positivity: with them comes the sunshine after the rain.” – Matthew Williamson
“What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.” – Joseph Addison
“Peace begins with a smile.” – Mother Teresa
“I love the man that can smile in trouble, that can gather strength from distress, and grow brave by reflection. ‘Tis the business of little minds to shrink, but he whose heart is firm, and whose conscience approves his conduct, will pursue his principles unto death.” – Thomas Paine
“Encouragement to others is something everyone can give. Somebody needs what you have to give. It may not be your money; it may be your time. It may be your listening ear. It may be your arms to encourage. It may be your smile to uplift. Who knows?” – Joel Osteen
“If in our daily life we can smile, if we can be peaceful and happy, not only we, but everyone will profit from it. This is the most basic kind of peace work.” – Thich Nhat Hanh
“A warm smile is the universal language of kindness.” – William Arthur Ward
“Let us always meet each other with smile, for the smile is the beginning of love.” – Mother Teresa
“Remember even though the outside world might be raining, if you keep on smiling the sun will soon show its face and smile back at you.” – Anna Lee
“Even if you’re unhappy, just pretend that you’re happy. Eventually, your smile will be contagious to yourself. I had to learn that. I used to think, ‘I’m being fake,’ but you know what? Better to be fake and happy than real and miserable.” – Evangeline Lilly