Just today I did this survey: Can you spot the real smiles from the fake?
Real smiles and fake smiles come from different triggers in the brain. A real smile is unconscious. That’s why different muscles – especially around the eyes – move during real smiles, but often not with a fake smile.
Which is why my two-year-old daughter can’t smile for photos. She tries, of course, but she does an all-teeth exposed grimace instead. It’s a little disconcerting.
But it does mean one thing.
All my two-year-old’s smiles are genuine.
Every time she sees me, every time she smiles, it is from actual pleasure. What can I say? I love it. I love that idea.
Did you do the test? How many did you get right?