What do we give and gain from a smile?

Young lady with glasses on and denim shirt smiling widely showing teeth. Her chin rests on her hand and elbow
What does it mean when we smile, and when someone smiles at you?

A genuine smiles encourage others to smile back and conveys an honest emotion, because when we are smiling, we feel happier and this happiness is communicated to others.

It's much easier to approach someone who's smiling, especially if their warmth shines through. A frown, on the other hand, suggests unhappiness - best stay away?!

Here's how to read other types of smiles and what people interpret in how you smile.

A sincere and warm smile brings back understanding, empathy and emotion.

A big, confident smile tells people that you are sure of yourself and of what you say.

A broad smile gives the impression of being more open and sharing, and people with a wide smile are more likely to open up to you and to trust you.

Show your teeth as a symbol of sensuality, and be aware that white, shiny teeth may be perceived as being the hallmark of a perfectionist.

If you smile with your lips closed, it can be taken as a sign that you are either self-conscious or reserved.

And if a smile is authentic, you can usually see it in the eyes.

So what does your natural smile say about you?
Happy young man with glasses smiling but not showing his teeth