This Is How You Should Smile If You Want To Be Seen As Genuine

You’ll likely know just what a powerful and positive effect smiling can have on other people. However, recent research suggests that the type of smile has an impact too.

The psychological benefits of smiling at somebody have been proven time and time again; however, did you know that research suggests that the type of smile has a big impact too?

Researchers at the University of Minnesota asked over 800 people to rate how genuine the smiles were on computer animated faces that they created, and then subtly changed the type of smile on each face.

The results were clear – those smiles that were really wide and showed lots of teeth were rated less positively. Thoserated the most positively were ones that revealed teeth but not extreme amounts.

The science behind effective smiles is obviously far more complex that just this one aspect, however, next time you’re considering giving a big, flashy, toothy smile consider that it might not be the best thing to do.

Don’t forget to share this week’s insight and I’ll be back in a week’s time with some more meetology® – exploring the fascinating psychology powering exceptional people skills.

See you next week, until then take care,


Jonathan Bradshaw
The Meetology® Lab


Helwig, N. E., Sohre, N. E., Ruprecht, M. R., Guy, S. J., & Lyford-Pike, S. (2017). Dynamic properties of successful smiles. PloS one, 12(6), e0179708.




About the Author:

Jonathan Bradshaw presents and trains internationally on the fascinating psychology powering exceptional interpersonal communication. He is Founder of the Meetology® Lab and leads the company’s team of behavioral psychologists in collating and sharing cutting-edge research on exceptional people skills. As an experienced and engaging keynote speaker Jon has presented at conferences and business events in over 30 countries and is an award-winning columnist and blogger. Learn more about him speaking at your next event via or connect with him on Twitter and LinkedIn.