There are different kinds of smiles, and if you know what to look for, you can be better at reading people’s expression to see what they’re hiding behind their lips. In fact, according to BBC, “there are 19 types of smiles, but only six are for happiness.” To give you an idea, here are a few kinds that you may be familiar with.
An open grin
When you’re trying to build and maintain relationships with your colleagues, you’ll need to set aside the socially awkward side of you and just let yourself shine. An open
A tight grimace
A tight grimace can be seen as a fake smile, which usually tries to cover up feelings of nervousness or discomfort. Situations when you’re forced to be polite or when you’re trying to hide negative emotions can result in this noticeable expression because a real smile not only utilizes all the muscles around your
A small smirk
There’s a smile that’s called “duping delight.” This is what people who have conned others wear when they think they’ve managed to trick you unnoticed. You’ll notice that crafty, manipulative people usually make this expression—sometimes you may have worn it as well. It is “a flash of a smile at the unconscious pleasure of 'getting away with it.’”
A disconnected smile
Sometimes, there’s a disconnect with what you’re feeling with what your face does. You may be feeling anger, or sadness, or fear, but end up smiling. There’s something even called a “smiling depression” which describes people who look happy on the outside but suffer from symptoms of depression on the inside. There are also those who use their smiles to threaten. “Ironically, a smile can express contempt,” an article on Women’s Today noted. “Bullies—whether they’re on the playground or in the office—may want to recipients to see their glee and realize their malevolent intent.”
An open-mouthed smile.
An open-mouthed smile is usually associated with
H/T: Reader's Digest