The Science of a Smile

The Science of a Smile

Did you know that a child learns to smile from her mother? It’s simple really, and you might already subconsciously figure the process. We learn best by watching and mimicking.

There’s an actual scientific reason for that. Of course, there is a scientific reason for just about everything, even if we can’t find it. But the implication underneath the Science of a Smile (S.o.S.) is what we’re most concerned about.

By now, I hope you’ve read about our Give the Lifestyle Campaign. If not, I encourage you to familiarize yourself with it because S.o.S. has the potential to be a great tool for it!

Remember how I said that Giving the Lifestyle can be as easy as smiling at a stranger driving by? This is valuable, not just because it’s pleasant but because you can literally instigate that stranger to smile back. Of course, this isn’t always a successful endeavor, but it’s also not a huge investment on your part either.

When an infant sees her mother smile, she has a physiological response. In the brain are these tiny elements called ‘mirror neurons’. The brain receives a visual message, and in order to understand it, replicates or mimics that message back. Just like a mirror, these neurons work to reciprocate exactly what they see back at the source.

This is not something we grow out of. However, there are certainly stronger circumstantial and environmental factors that could trump the process.

With S.o.S. you can realistically influence a person to smile on a physiological level. I have seen some of the sourest of faces turn lucky horseshoe happy just from a quick smile. So what’s one smile, you ask? Will it really change that persons day?

Perhaps not, but it is interesting to note an unexpected correlation.


What is the reward of a smile? When we smile, typically it’s because something has pleased us. In other words, it’s a pleasure response. Something happens that increases the dopamine in our brain, and our response is to smile. When this pathway is well traveled, it can become a habit. Or, you could say, addiction.

Pleasure response balances dopamine, which causes a smile. This works the other way around as well!

Can you see the cycle?

Your smile gives you a little boost. Turn it to someone, and it not only replicates but gives the stranger a little boost as well. Now both of you have some chemically induced pep to pass around.

All natural. All legal. All free.

Help someone out. Give the Lifestyle using the Science of a Smile.

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