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15 Types Of Smiles (And What They Actually Mean)

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I don’t know about you but I really love to smile. I think that it is a good way to show your feelings and your opinion about something. But not all smiles are happy ones. Believe it or not, there are many different types of smiles and they can tell us a lot about how a certain person feels at that moment. All of you probably smiled at least once in your life when you didn’t want to but because of the circumstances where you had to do so.

Sometimes we smile because we want to and sometimes we do that just so others won’t see that we are unhappy. It really depends on the situation but the most important thing is that we smile when we feel happy at that moment. So, for all of you who wanted to know more about the types of smiles, here are some of the most common ones.

1. The closed-lip smile

Young woman smiling

This is one of the most common types of smiles. Just like the word says, people who smile like this have their mouth closed and you can’t see their teeth. In most cases, those who smile like this do that because they have to smile (you will see many Hollywood divas smiling like this on the red carpet) and not because they really feel like smiling. In this way, they may show that they are maybe a little bit nervous or that they don’t want to be in that place at that time.

2. A smirk smile

This is the type of smile that people often wear. It doesn’t have anything to do with a real smile that goes straight from your heart—it is a more sarcastic one. People who smile like this are showing that they know something that others don’t know or that they are in control of a situation. Also, people who smile like this are often very egotistical and arrogant so others don’t like them so much. What’s the bottom line? If you want others to like you, avoid this type of smile.

3. The lopsided smile

This is the kind of smile where one side of your mouth goes upward and the other one goes down. People who smile like this have mixed emotions and they are probably thinking about what to say or what to do in a certain situation. Probably all of you experienced this kind of smile when you were dealing with a problem, or you were trying to find ways to deal with it. It is not the type of smile that show so many emotions and people who smile like this definitely won’t make you smile.

4. Flirtatious smile

Oh, this is a good one—this kind of smile can win any man’s heart and make him do whatever you want. When a woman likes a man she will smile like this, showing him that she is everything he needs and that if he approaches her, they will have so much fun. This type of smile has witnessed so many love stories and if it wasn’t for this smile, women wouldn’t be able to catch good guys at all. So girls, what are you waiting for? Smile flirtily and get that guy you have been watching for so long.

5. Fake smile

Slightly smiling woman walking down the street

Believe it or not, there is also a fake type of smile. People who smile like this do so because they don’t want others to see that they don’t like something. For example, you will see many smiles like this among politicians, where they don’t smile because they like something but they have to smile as others are watching them, including their seniors. Also, if someone doesn’t like you, they will smile like this just to look polite in front of you but deep down they don’t have a good opinion about you.

6. Genuine smile

This type of smile is the only one that is really from the heart. People who smile like this do so because they really want to and not because they are forced to. A person who smiles genuinely is someone who likes what they see and they show their happiness through a smile. Also, it can be a way of feedback in a situation where they need to react to some story that others tell. And in a cold world like this, I have to say that it is great to see this heart-melting and warm smile more than anything else.

7. The sneer smile

This is something that really can’t be called a smile’ it is just a way to show contempt. People who smile like this don’t show so much empathy for others and they don’t look happy when they do it. They look a little bit creepy with a smile like this and this is not the type of smile you would want your best friend or your partner to wear. If you didn’t try it, don’t even bother to smile like this because nobody loves people who do.

8. Open=mouth smile

My favorite, the open-mouth smile, is the best version of smiling because you feel that the person doing it is really happy about something. The good thing about this smile is that you can see the person’s teeth and the sparkles in their eyes and you immediately feel better because you see that they are being honest about something. Now if you want people to like you, smile like this and there won’t be any problems. Just hope you will have reason enough to do so.

9. Botox smile

This type of smile is well-known among all those Hollywood stars who put a lot of Botox into their lips and the consequences of that are that they can’t smile as naturally as before. It’s the same when you are too tired and you really don’t want to smile but you do it to satisfy someone else. When someone smiles like this you can’t actually see how they feel because it is a smile without any expression at all.

10. Happy smile

Portrait of a happy young woman

This type of smile comes from the bottom of your heart and you just can’t hide it. It means that you are happy because of something and that you are satisfied with the things that are happening in your life. You can often see this kind of smile on kids’ faces because they don’t know how to fake it so it is always sincere and honest. If you have the ability to smile like this, then congratulations because you can still feel the true happiness in your life.

11. Satisfied smile

People smile like this when they are satisfied with something in their life. For example, when your boss tells you that you were right about something, you will probably have this type of smile on your face. It shows to others that you are proud of yourself for doing something in the way you did it and your smile tells them that they should be thankful to you for that. In case you smile like this a lot, you are someone who does so many right things for yourself and for others as well.

12. Confident smile

If you have high self-esteem, you will probably have this type of smile on your face every day. People who are very successful in their private and business life have this type of smile on their face all the time and they feel good about it. It shows them that they are on the right track and that if they continue doing things right, there will always be a confident smile on their face, along with the sparkle in their eyes.

13. Sleepy smile

Imagine yourself waking up in the beautiful, sunny morning, while there are birds singing on your balcony, telling you to get up. And all of a sudden you start smiling even if nobody made you smile. That kind of smile is called a sleepy smile because it describes people who woke up happy and in a good mood. And in case it is a weekend, your smile will definitely last a lot longer.

14. Naughty smile

Smiling woman

You know that type of smile your child shows when they have done something they shouldn’t have? Yes, that kind of smile. Well, it is not reserved for kids only, as adults can also smile in this way. You can see it in love relationships when one person teases another about something and they have this kind of wicked smile on their face.

15. The embarrassed smile

Believe it or not, a smile is not always so nice and lovely. Sometimes people smile even if they are embarrassed or if they don’t feel good. So, this kind of smile is for all those people who just experienced something embarrassing but they feel they have no other option than to smile in that moment. You will recognize that type of smile along with the red color on their face while they stare at the floor all the time.

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