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March 20, 2008

It’s All in A Smile

Thursday Thirteen

Thirteen Things about SMILES


1. Definition of a smile – to have or take on a facial expression showing usually pleasure, amusement, affection, friendliness, etc., or, sometimes, irony, derision, etc. and characterized by an upward curving of the corners of the mouth and a sparkling of the eyes

2. It takes more muscles to frown than it does to smile. Not true. According to Snopes.com this is an urban legend.

3. According to Wikipedia a smile is a facial expression formed by flexing the muscles most notably near both ends of the mouth. The smile can be also around the eyes. Among humans, it is customarily an expression of pleasure, happiness, or amusement, but can also be an involuntary expression of anxiety, in which case it can be known as a grimace. There is much evidence that smiling is a normal reaction to certain stimuli and occurs regardless of culture. Happiness is most often the cause of a smile.

4. Among animals, the exposure of teeth, which may bear a resemblance to a smile, is often used as a threat or warning display – known as a snarl – or a sign of submission. In chimpanzees, it can be a sign of fear.

5. The BBC have a quiz you can do where you rate smiles. How good are you at telling if a smile is genuine? Me – I learned I’m not very good at judging smiles. Here’s the link.

6. A genuine smile is addictive, especially if accompanied by laughter.

7. To keep a nice smile it’s a good idea to use a toothbrush. It is important to change your tooth brush every 2-3 months or sooner as it becomes ineffective when worn out. Adults should choose a small or medium size toothbrush with soft or medium multi-tilted, round ended nylon bristles. The head should be small enough to get into all parts of the mouth. Children need to use smaller brushes but with the same type of bristles.

8. A smile confuses an approaching frown. ~Author Unknown

9. People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile. ~Lee Mildon

10. Start every day with a smile and get it over with. ~W.C. Fields

11. Wrinkles should merely indicate where smiles have been. ~Mark Twain, Following the Equator

12. Of all the things you wear, your expression is the most important. ~Janet Lane

13. Wear a smile – one size fits all. ~Author Unknown

Have you smiled today?

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  1. Jennifer Shirk

    I didn’t know #2 was false!

    I took the smile test and only got 9 right. I guess I’m bad at judging, too. :cry:

  2. rhian

    nice post Shell. :smile: :razz: :wink: :grin:

  3. Gina Ardito

    Perfect timing–since I’m on my way to the dentist today!

  4. Adelle Laudan

    :grin: I tell my kids that all the time. “Wrinkles? Nah, laugh lines. haha”
    Happy T13!

  5. MsMenozzi

    I confuse people here all the time by smiling at them.

    I swear, people from this town are some of the crabbiest you’ll meet anywhere! Can you imagine giving a smile a dirty look in response? It happens to me all the time.

    But I just keep smiling at ’em! :mrgreen:

  6. Alice Audrey

    I especially like 8,9 and 11

  7. Jennifer McKenzie

    I got 15 out of 20 right. :eek: Who knew?
    I love WC Fields. LOL.

  8. Kaige

    Great list, Shelley! I love that BBC quiz. :grin:

    Happy TT!

  9. Tempest Knight

    Love your T13! They always bring a smile to my face. :grin:

  10. Renee

    Smile! #2 surprises me. And #4, my mother has a dog that smiles, the more you cater to her the bigger her smile and she chatters while doing it. I have to say though the first time the ankle biter smiled at me, I was sure she’d bite.


  11. julia

    What a GREAT T13, Shelley! I had so much fun with that smile quiz. I rated myself super high to do well on it – and I got 18 out of 20.

    Love this quote the best:
    ‘People seldom notice old clothes if you wear a big smile.’
    It’s got me this far…

  12. Susan Helene Gottfried

    I swear, people think I’m cracked because I walk around with one of those secretive smiles on my face… But it’s either that or give in to the dark side…

  13. Shelley Munro

    LOL – I was just errible at the quiz. I believed everyone. I think I need to see other body language as well to judge.

    Ms Menozzi – I’ve never seen people frown at smiles around here. We’re a pretty friendly lot.

    Susan – LOL – the dark side, huh? How does Trevor smile? Does Trevor smile?

    Rhian – great to see you!

    Gina – I hope the dentist visit goes well. Not my favorite people to visit.

    Julia – I loved all the different smile quotes, especially the WC Fields one.

  14. Chloe Devlin

    Great list of facts and quotes. But what about the song from Annie?

    “You’re never fully dressed without a smile.”


  15. pussreboots

    Good list. I’ve tried the BBC link before and came out better than average. Maybe some day I should do a TT of smiles on book covers. Happy TT.

  16. Marissa Alwin

    I got 18 out of 20 *g* I paid attention to the eyes. I think a real smile is seen in the eyes. If your smile meets your eyes then you are a genuine person.

    Great List, and I really enjoyed Fancy Free, btw

  17. Shelley Munro

    Pussreboots – that would make a great TT. I look forward to it.

    Chloe – good point. Consider it added!

    Marissa – I agree. It’s in the eyes, but for some reason that didn’t help me! I’m so glad you enjoyed Fancy Free!! Thank you. :mrgreen:

  18. Tawny Taylor

    Number 2! I learned something new. Wow.

  19. Unhinged

    Oh! This was interesting. Unique, too. I’m really enjoying the TTs.

    I’m going to see how I rate at telling a genuine smile from a toothpaste smile…

    And oh, I did NOT know that it didn’t take more muscles to frown than smile. Another saying turned upside down.

  20. Lisa Andel

    Hiya. Laughter I know is addictive. :mrgreen:

  21. Brenda ND

    :grin: I love smiles! Happy TT!

  22. Mona Risk

    I have been told I smile too much. I couldn’t take the test. It didn’t work. It’s okay :)

  23. Debbie Mumford

    :grin: Smiles are the best!

  24. Stephanie S.

    :grin: :grin: :grin:

    Love this list, Shelley!

  25. Dana

    Awesome list! Happy TT!

  26. Christina Phillips

    I got 14 out of 20. I’m surprised i got so many right, since I felt i was doing it very randomly! I thought the way the smiles dropped off the faces at the end of each clip was pretty freaky!

  27. sabrina

    How could you not smile after reading this list! :mrgreen:

  28. Gwen Mitchell

    Lovely TT, Shelley! I’m smiling now – thank you. :grin:

  29. Heather

    Great TT ~ Sorry I mised this while sick last week. I could have used a few smiles!