Hold That Smile! Experiment…
November 25, 2009
I mentioned in one of my previous blogs that I was going to conduct a smiling experiment – Come rain or shine, I would smile all day at all and sundry. Here is how the day went:
I smiled at my boyfriend as he got out of bed in the morning and again when he came back from the loo. This really annoyed him! He frowned, told me to stop, got back into bed and pulled the covers over his face.
I got up, brushed, flossed, rinsed and gargled and made sure that my teeth were gleaming before I took the experiment to the people. I also applied fake-tan to maximize the whiteness of my recently whitened teeth: “You look like Jodi Marsh or that David Dickinson?!” Says my loving, lazy, bed-bound boyf.
In the afternoon I went to the gym. I always smile at the guys at reception because they’re such nice young men… so this was a genuine, natural smile and it was received well. I kept smiling all the way into the fitting rooms and kept smiling as I, and all the other girls, were getting changed. Suffice to say I received worried and threatening looks from some of them. With my new and nervous smile I scurried in to my spin class.
Some of the girls from the fitting-room scene were in my class and they couldn’t get their bike far enough away from mine. Quite embarrassing. The class was tough and so my smile wavered a little – my legs and my mouth were cramping! I called the experiment quits there and then.
Smiling is a lovely thing, it can mean: Happiness, success, satisfaction, triumph and affection but when you misuse the smile, use it inappropriately (or for disingenuous, experimental purposes) it can convey lunacy and danger to others around you.
Because my smile experiment was a flop, I’ve sourced a legitimate and thoroughly interesting smile experiment conducted by PSYblog who’s focus is on Scientific Psychology: http://www.spring.org.uk/2007/05/slow-smile-attracts.php Here are SPYblogs results:
• The study replicated previous findings that a “long-onset smile” (For uninitiated this means a smile that grows steadily) is seen as more authentic and flirtatious.
• Long-onset smiles were perceived as more attractive, more trustworthy and less dominant.
• Head tilting also increased attractiveness and trustworthiness but only if the head was tilted in the right direction.
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