Smile And The World Smiles With You; Dissect It And People Ask ‘Who’s That Freak?’

11 Jul

I read this quote today: 

What sunshine is to flowers, smiles are to humanity. These are but trifles, to be sure; but, scattered along life’s pathway, the good they do is inconceivable.

-Joseph Addison

So here you go:


According to Mr. Higgins’ Honors Algebra II class at Norwalk High School (07-08) 

The smile of the “smiley face” is in the shape of a parabola.

The smiley face was designed in 1964 in Worcester, Massachusettes by Harvey Ball, and has become a crazy-huge symbol all over the world.  

The equation for a parabola is: (x-h)^2=4p(y-k)             (h,k)=vertex    p=distance from vertex to focus

I thought I would do some research into smiling (gotta love that Google button).  This is from

…smiling isn’t just for fun-it’s a matter of survival. Scientists have discovered that newborn infants, even those who are born blind, know how to smile […] A baby’s smile is designed to attract and hold mother’s attention; it is an infant’s way of bonding with the mother and encouraging her care.

Babies may be on to something. Research shows that smiling is healthy because it can trigger positive feelings. Perhaps that is also why smiling is contagious. When you smile at people, you’ll notice that they generally smile back. But they will not respond to a frown by frowning or to a scowl by scowling. (Try it and see!)

According to The Dating Rule Book, the smile is the sexiest muscle.  However…

Research has shown that it is not enough to just “smile”, humans are fine tuned to being able to subconsciously tell whether a smile is genuine or fake, and the latter is usually responded to by dissent. So it is crucial you practice your smiles, so that a genuine smile would seem genuine (seems easy unless you have severe muscle malfunctions) and a fake smile would seem genuine (as you can guess, a lot tougher). So try thinking of a something horrible (ie. of the economic shituation in America) and try smiling to it, if you can fake a genuine smile with that thought in your head, you’re prepared to take on the world.


QTMama says

A smile creates an atmosphere.  It can be so many different atmospheres too.  From unity to friendship to the flirty “Hi there!” to a thank you to the your welcome … I could go on and on.  And the thing is, smiles are contagious.  You smile at someone and odds are, they smile back.   A smile thrown at someone solicits one in return.  It costs nothing and the best of all?  It feels good to have someone smile at you. 

We may think some people have nothing to smile about – but they do it anyway:

Some people smile because they have good teeth:


So let’s get started:


The idea for this post came from a Quote of the Day in my Inbox and the glorious sunshine I woke up to.  While I’ve been writing this the sun has been abducted by ugly clouds threatening rain and a wind that even I can’t rival: if ever there was an argument against bringing science to the masses, this isn’t it; it’s just coincidence.

Have a nice day, y’all; d’ya hear?

25 Responses to “Smile And The World Smiles With You; Dissect It And People Ask ‘Who’s That Freak?’”

  1. musings July 11, 2010 at 10:37 #

    As soon as I saw that kitten, I smiled! Thank you for the chuckle. This was such an interesting post. I didn’t think my baby knew what a smile was. I thought it was just an immature involuntary muscular response. Funny how some babies can smile almost from the time they are born. It took my son about a month.


  2. vivinfrance July 11, 2010 at 10:40 #

    I smile at your philosophy – one in which I am a firm believer. Those baby monkeys are adorable.

    PS, It is our long-prepared-for carneval today and the gloom is gathering overhead. Pray that it disperses before two o’oclock (one o’clock your time).


  3. Sheila Deeth July 13, 2010 at 05:51 #

    Smiling. What a nice post.


    • tillybud July 13, 2010 at 14:38 #



  4. Jeeves July 18, 2010 at 16:42 #

    Cuttee smiles….Interesting post


    • tillybud July 18, 2010 at 17:41 #

      Thanks 🙂


    • tillybud July 20, 2010 at 11:17 #

      🙂 🙂


  5. Joanne Green December 19, 2010 at 12:30 #

    This is a fantastic piece. I love the way that you’ve constructed an argument for smiling and invitated your audience to an interactive research project for other facial expressions such as frowns and growly grumpy smiles etc.


  6. flo January 1, 2011 at 15:40 #

    I read somewhere that a mother’s face is a baby’s first mirror.
    Love the pic of Hub!


  7. BrainRants October 5, 2011 at 18:03 #

    I admit I liked the kitten too. Dammit! The cute animals get you every time!


  8. jezibelle October 19, 2011 at 16:29 #

    Interesting… I always thought that newborns weren’t smiling… they just had gas! I have to stop being so jaded. 😉 Thanks for the lovely article that promoted my morning smile.


  9. WordsFallFromMyEyes January 19, 2012 at 12:06 #

    Really lovely 🙂

    I can’t believe that guy’s teeth though. That was.. wow….


  10. Tilly Bud June 7, 2012 at 13:58 #

    Reblogged this on The Laughing Housewife and commented:

    A busy day here at Tilly Bud Towers means I haven’t had time to blog. I bring you instead a re-blog of my most frequently visited post, edited slightly because I winced when I saw the text wasn’t justified and the pictures weren’t centered.


  11. katharinetrauger June 7, 2012 at 14:33 #

    When I come here, I am prepared to LAUGH. And I have to say, some of this was oh-so-laughable! Thanks for clearing out my laugh-ways! 🙂
    Over here, we have a mommy-superstition (I suppose it’s superstition — no one can know this for sure . . . ) that when a baby smiles in his sleep, it means angels are kissing him in his dreams. If you kiss him right away after he smiles in his sleep, you can get an angel kiss off him. 😉
    Or else, I suppose, you’ll wake him up and have to nurse him all over again! 😀


    • Tilly Bud June 8, 2012 at 11:24 #

      That is just adorable! Thanks for sharing 🙂


      • katharinetrauger June 8, 2012 at 19:24 #

        You are welcome! I learned it from some old, old grammas, after I already knew evrything about raising children (you know — a month after my first was born!). In spite of a very scientific upbringing, my firstborn got lots of kisses during his sleep. 🙂


  12. bluebee June 8, 2012 at 09:41 #

    A genuine smile does go an incredibly long way – lovely post, Tilly 😀


  13. evilnymphstuff June 10, 2012 at 08:39 #

    Have a good day too! Spreading the smile 🙂


  14. eof737 November 12, 2012 at 11:40 #

    By the end of the post, I was smiling too. 😉


I welcome your comments but be warned: I'm menopausal and as likely to snarl as smile. Wine or Maltesers are an acceptable bribe; or a compliment about my youthful looks and cheery disposition will do in a pinch.

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