In the realm of non-verbal communication (what we express when we don’t speak, and which carries all its weight in the transmission and reception of a message), a smile is a choice. But… what exactly are we saying when we smile?
“First, we share our deep positive emotions, joy, pleasure, satisfaction, clearly answers Marine Colombel, psychiatrist and author of ÉListen to your emotions to set yourself free (Marabut). This smile is an innate way of expression that a person is endowed with from birth and even before that.» An early reflex confirmed by a study published in 2022 Psychological science Fetuses spotted on ultrasound show a grunt if their mother ate cabbage and a mischievous smile when carrots sweeten the amniotic fluid. There is no need to convey any message, nor to have an audience. we smile simply because we are happy.
A message for another
And then there is…
Source: Le Figaro