December 7, 2007

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J. DOe
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December 7, 2007

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Re: December 7, 2007

A lot of elements are involved in the aEUoeperfect smile,aEU and a smile can mask a lot of things and send a lot of signals. The smile may be the most basic indicator of human happiness, but thereaEU(tm)s nothing simple about it. Virginia Peck Richmond, Ph.D., UABaEU(tm)s chair of communication studies, says that anywhere from 60 to 90 percent of our communication carries some kind of nonverbal component. aEUoeSmiling is generally considered one of the most significant displays that a human being can use,aEU she says. aEUoeDoors open to people who smile. People listen to people who smile.aEU Yet a smile can also convey messages beyond what we intend, Richmond notes. aEUoeBased on a single smile, people will make assumptions that may or may not be correct in terms of happiness, affiliation, love, and even intimacy.aEU According to Richmond, the work of renowned anthropologist Desmond Morris corroborates the idea that symmetry and proportion have a profound effect on how a smile is interpreted. aEUoeHe even notes that a smile that shows some teeth is perceived as friendlier than a smile that does not,aEU she says. aEUoeThis goes back hundreds of years to when many humans would hide weapons in their mouths or have their teeth chiseled into weapons.aEU :)A A A ;)A A :DA A ;DA A 8)A A ::)A A :PA A :-XA A :-*A A :-A A A :DA

"There is little difference in people, but that little difference makes a big difference. The little difference is attitude. The big difference is whether it is positive or negative." --W. Clement Stone

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