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Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:08 PM

20+ Powerful Photos Showing How a Smile Can Change a Human's Face

Source: WhereCoolThingsHappen

“So I asked them to smile” is the name of the multicultural project by Jay Weinstein that shows how much a stranger’s face can change by the simplest and the warmest gesture of them all – smiling.

“So there are no names. No occupations. No confirmed religions or ethnicity. No intriguing life lessons or heart strumming anecdotes. Just one human face. Without, and with a smile.”- Jay Weinstein says. He also adds that he is overwhelmed by the response of the project. Most of his photos are taken in India. If you visit his FB page you will see lot more of these amazing portraits exuding the transformational power of smiles.













More: http://www.wherecoolthingshappen.com/20-powerful-photos-show-smile-can-change-humans-face/


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Reply 20+ Powerful Photos Showing How a Smile Can Change a Human's Face (Original post)
demmiblue Jul 2016 OP
spanone Jul 2016 #1
Journeyman Jul 2016 #2
Igel Jul 2016 #4
pnwmom Jul 2016 #9
smirkymonkey Jul 2016 #3
silverweb Jul 2016 #5
Skittles Jul 2016 #6
athena Jul 2016 #8
Skittles Jul 2016 #10
athena Jul 2016 #11
treestar Jul 2016 #7
PrideofJefferson Jul 2016 #12
ailsagirl Jul 2016 #13
zentrum Jul 2016 #14

Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:10 PM

1. K&R...

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:13 PM

2. "And if you smile at me, I will understand, 'cause that is something everybody everywhere does. . .

in the same language." ~ Stills & Kantner

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:13 PM

4. Actually, not quite.

British smile not just by pulling back the upper lip but also the lower lip. They bear lower teeth, something not common. To Americans, that usually looks fake, forced.

Russians avoid smiling in public. Smile around those who aren't sufficiently close or in the wrong circumstance and it's deemed an attempt to deceive or that somehow you're hiding something. It's suspicious.

In some cultures, smiles can be signs of amusement or affection. Or it can be the response to negative face when confronted with somebody above you in the power hierarchy dishing out dishonor.



Fake smiles don't produce the same response as real smiles, because they don't use the same muscles.

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Response to Journeyman (Reply #2)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:55 PM

9. In some cultures they don't smile nearly as much as Americans do. So it isn't as universal

as we tend to think.

My son had a preschool teacher from S. America who seemed unfriendly because she rarely smiled. But it turned out to be a cultural difference. And it isn't only her country where people don't smile at strangers.

http://www.theatlantic.com/science/archive/2016/05/culture-and-smiling/483827/

To test this theory, Krys had thousands of people in 44 different countries judge a series of eight smiling and non-smiling faces on a scale of honesty and intelligence. He compared their answers to the country’s rankings of uncertainty avoidance from a 2004 study of 62 societies and ratings of corruption.

He found that in countries like Germany, Switzerland, China, and Malaysia, smiling faces were rated as significantly more intelligent than non-smiling people. But in Japan, India, Iran, South Korea, and—you guessed it—Russia, the smiling faces were considered significantly less intelligent. Even after controlling for other factors, like the economy, there was a strong correlation between how unpredictable a society was and the likelihood they would consider smiling unintelligent.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 05:39 PM

3. How absolutely beautiful!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:28 PM

5. K&R

[font color="navy" face="Verdana"]Smiles are beautiful and highly contagious. Share yours with everyone you meet!



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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:30 PM

6. beware of anyone whose smile does not reach their eyes

yes indeed

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Response to Skittles (Reply #6)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:54 PM

8. Probably means they had Botox.

Just saying.

ETA: Then again, the fact that they had Botox probably says something about them. (I'm sure I'll now get flamed by all the Botox-loving DUers.)

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Response to athena (Reply #8)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 07:09 PM

10. they look ridiculous

they think no one knows but.....I spot the botox-abusers all the time where I live - they have a waxy sheen to them

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Response to Skittles (Reply #10)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 07:18 PM

11. Agreed.

It's much better when a person can embrace his/her age. I would love it if we as a society could accept aging as a positive thing.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 06:46 PM

7. K&R

Interesting!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 07:19 PM

12. Isn't it true

 

That folks that are blind from birth still instinctively smile at the appropriate times. This says to me that the act of smiling is an evolutionary, universal act that communicates a positive vibe. It's interesting that some cultures have stifled this natural reaction.

Looking at each if those pictures I felt a stronger connection to the smiling face. A cool cross cultural act.

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 07:29 PM

13. Transformative!

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Response to demmiblue (Original post)

Fri Jul 29, 2016, 07:56 PM

14. Breathtaking.

What beautiful faces.

Everyone, be sure to click the link.

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