Sunday, September 19, 2010

Smile Game

Here's a private game to play, guaranteed to warm your heart! See how many people you can get to return a smile! Without looking loony, make eye contact, smile and greet each person you meet or pass by. Count how many return your smile. Not only does it feel good to have people smile at you, the facial muscles involved in smiling send messages to the brain, causing an increase in production of natural feelgood brain chemicals!

Try it - you'll be surprised!



"It takes one more muscle to smile than to frown, according to plastic surgeon David H. Song, MD, FACS, assistant professor at the University of Chicago Hospitals.

A genuine smile takes two muscles to crinkle the eyes, two to pull up the lip corners and nose, two to elevate the mouth angle, and two to pull the mouth corners sideways. Total smile: 12.

On the other hand, a frown needs two muscles to pull down the lips and wrinkles in the lower face, three to furrow the brow, one to purse the lips, one to depress the lower lip, and two to pull the mouth corners down. Total frown: 11.

A fake smile, however, only takes two muscles. We detect the fake because "the eyes aren't smiling."


  1. I just love playing the smiling game, but get very discouraged when I go days without getting one back!
    Here's to smiling at you!
    Dee Dee

  2. I'm smiling at you, my bloggy friend, and I'm going to smile all week, at everyone I see.

  3. ^ ^
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    Look hard... do you see it?? It's meant to be a smile looking back at you. You (by the way) always make me smile, Christine. You just have that about you. ((hugs))

  4. Speaking of smiles.....I got the very best smile in the whole world at church today. A pastor's wife was busy in one of the classrooms and I was holding her son for over an hour while she was busy. Baby is about 8 weeks and he SMILED at me. Oh, that just did my grandma heart so much good. I love babies and baby smiles, even better.

    I will smile at everyone I see tomorrow. Reminder to self - bleach teeth first thing in the morning.

  5. I love that owl the best! :)

  6. I'm with Betsy, that owl is so cool! Smiling is good for both the giver and the receiver... doesn't get much better than that.

  7. I hear (read) that you have some special news to smile about.

  8. What a good post! I can't tell you how often in the last few years, a smile has brightened my day, my load, and my heart. I think smiles are a real gift(whether real and from the heart or not).


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