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,
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.