The philosophy behind the law of attraction is simple. By focusing on positive or negative thoughts, individuals potentially have all of the power to invoke targeted experiences into his or her life from intuition.
Your smile plays a huge role in establishing the connection between how you are being perceived, both in approach and pursuit, as well as your relation to the universe. Many studies associate your smile with your level of confidence, while aesthetic experts attribute specific elements of one's smile into the standard mold of what is to be considered signs of "classic beauty," including large eyes, high cheek bones and supple lips.
Ultimately, a person's smile speaks volumes without having to say any words. Politicians, movie stars and media people practice smiling in order to engage the public and create mass appeal. So do those in the hospitality business.
When it comes to the first rules of attraction, most often what comes into play is the person's smile. Julia Roberts in particular stands out in this category for her toothy smile, which helped catapult her career into super stardom. Her legendary, red carpet smile has been accredited for creating an instant connection between audiences and the camera with her mass appeal.
On a deeper level, your smile can also be a very important social cue for others to translate. Have you ever thought about all your various smiles throughout the day? The types of people you are attracting? How often do you do them, and in what circumstances?
In the easily forgettable, yet underrated rom-com "Win a Date with Tad Hamilton!" Topher Grace and Kate Bosworth ignite their romance by acknowledging their personal non-verbal prompts by pointing out each other's particular smiles.
In a quest to prove his love, Pete roasts Tad with his investigation,
Like do you know she has six smiles? One when something really makes her laugh. One when she's making plans. One when she is laughing out of politeness. One when she is uncomfortable. One when she is making fun of herself. And one when... she's talking about her friends.
Later on in shocking plot twist, Rosalee confirms her devotion by stating,
You have five smiles Pete. One when you think someone an idiot. One when you think someone's really an idiot. One when you're singing to Barry White. One when you're getting all dressed up. And one when you're looking at me.
Vomit yet? Cool. Moving along.
As someone who has been described with the adjectives "overly smiley," and who believes strongly in energies and the laws of attraction, I decided to investigate my very own distinct smiles. After quality research and analysis of my habits and behaviors, the results are riveting.
Here are six different smiles people commonly have and what they mean:
1. No-Teeth Squint
Usually accompanied with a slight head tilt, this is a direct indication of "I hate your f*cking guts." Lips are pursed closed with the curves of a crescent moon, causing eyes to effortlessly scale shut in a very James Franco-esque manner. Since this is not typically a good look for most, individuals are truly using their body language to the best of their ability to tell someone to leave them alone.
2. Awkward Smirk
Many people do this smile more often than they'd like because, well, their personality is unintentionally awkward. Also, lacking the much needed appearance of teeth, this traditional uneven beam represents much discomfort.
This is the definite go-to when a person accidentally makes eye contact with somebody on the street or if someone has told a lackluster knock-knock joke, and you are trying to maintain polite manners. Nonetheless, FML.
3. Fake Grillin'
Affectionately known as a Botox smile, this one is not very subtle in the sense it shows little to zero emotion or facial expression. This is a common and derivative tight-lipped smile, which is usually a part of everyone's daily routine, typically provoked and forced upon by bosses and co-workers.
4. Genuine Gummy Grin
This occurs when someone's tooth to gum ratio is not as symmetric as he or she would have hoped. When people tend to be legitimately happy and are uncontrollably laughing, they simply cannot help but to show a little gum. It shows they are authentic.
Cosmetically speaking, the top row of teeth overlaps the bottom chompers. On a positive note, hopefully this is one of your most frequent of smiles because it's often admired and surely contagious.
5. Semi-Posed Smile
Everyone's friends and family hate this smile. It's contrived and obvious. However, against the wishes of the people who know and love you best, it's the one approved as the social media and Facebook profile picture staple.
It's also almost never complete without a hand on the hip. This smile consists of nothing but your top row of teeth, which perfectly balances the rest of your features.
6. Mouth-Open Double-Decker
Wide-mouthed with a wider openness, your entire set of teeth is exposed with this smile. The teeth aren't touching; they're just existing. You give people both rows, proportionately aligned here. Let your smile shine!
So, next time you go to flash your teeth, make sure you understand what kind of message you are sending. Know your smiles, and know your audience. Ready, set, attract.