Mona Lisa smile
Have you ever admired Mona Lisa's smile? Of course, you answer. Who hasn't loved?
When you look at this mysterious image for a long time, it seems that some kind of internal connection is established between you and that Mona Lisa reacts to your emotions, hinting at some kind of deep thought. This emotional outburst does not let go for a long time, miraculously being kept in memory.
Her smile is without a doubt one of the most mesmerizing we've seen, and the secret is in how it's drawn. Even when you look away, a smile remains in your memory for a long time and affects you on an emotional level. This is the perfect combination of movement and emotion, masterfully drawn by Da Vinci. How it works?
Da Vinci created a kind of game of penumbra in the corners of the mouth of his Mona Lisa. He painted a portrait under special lighting, so when the rays of light are reflected from the canvas, this amazing effect occurs - the picture comes to life.
Smiling is a sign of communication
But we are not talking about the mysterious Mona Lisa, but about a smile in general. What role does it play for ourselves and for those around us?
Smiling is a sign of non-verbal communication. We most often smile for others, conveying to them our disposition, good mood, sympathy, goodwill, and sometimes condescension and irony.
By the way, the British have such a concept - "upper lips". Literally, it is explained as follows: any life's adversity must be met with a smile. Whatever happens in your life, the corners of your mouth should be disciplined to look up.
Amazing quality but nice. You instantly get the impression that the world is welcoming you with a positive attitude. People are friendly, happy with what is happening, do not load their problems. This creates a pleasant emotional background for every day.
Of course, each of us has our own reasons to be sad or experience failure. But you don't have to tell the world about it. It is better to overcome them on your own.
Smiling is an attempt to get closer
A smiling person is the personification of a strong and successful person. This is exactly what the "American" smile broadcasts to us. And what's wrong with that? The American dream is inseparable from a white-toothed perfect smile. Hollywood Standard.
And there is also the smile of Asians. For example, in Thailand, the locals are very polite; they smile as soon as they meet your eyes, and smile most of the time you are talking. It feels like happy children are smiling at you.
Our life is filled with stresses, anxieties, doubts, expectations, and responsibility entrusted to us. And that's where a smile comes in! You can just stop, raise your head to the sky and smile at the sun. Not to mention, of course, that a smile is a powerful communicator. Connecting and unifying. Smiling is an absolutely simple action that makes this world more rosy for others.
Yes, it does not solve global problems, does not offer complex solutions. It only creates a pleasant emotional background. But this is the first attempt at rapprochement, interaction, and mutual respect. A smile is a gift given to us by nature.
When we take pictures, the proverbial “cheese” makes everyone smile. It is interesting that in the photographs of a century ago you will not find smiling people. No "glowing with happiness" faces. Very decent, restrained looks and poses. Why?
The reason for this - in the company Kodak, which produced photographic film and cameras. Their advertising slogan read: "You press the button - we do the rest." And the ads showed faces smiling broadly in anticipation of a cool shot. Therefore, those who captured themselves through the ages in the pictures did not bother to slightly stretch the mouth. Or, I dare to assume, in those distant times they did not know what role a smile plays in our lives.
Smiling makes us better
Smiles have a beneficial effect on the mood of people, on creating a good psychological climate at work and at home. A kind smile can defuse a conflict situation, calm divergent nerves. It can create happiness in the family and an atmosphere of trust in business.
A smile encourages, gives strength, and sometimes heals. According to doctors, every smile prolongs our existence by fifteen minutes. It cannot be bought, begged, borrowed or stolen. This jewel is only for the one to whom it is intended.
Almost everything that a person has - eyes - to look, legs - to walk, hands - to create, a mouth - to absorb food, etc. - is intended for oneself. Except a smile.
Reflection in the mirror will tell you if other people around you feel good. Is it fun, is it easy? It's terrible if no one smiles at you for a long time and you don't smile either. From the absence of smiles, the soul chills and turns to stone.
A smile costs nothing, but enriches those to whom it is addressed. And it does not impoverish those who give. It lasts for a moment, but the memory of it remains for a long time.
Another curious fact. Leo Tolstoy described 97 different smiles in his works, revealing various emotional states of a person. A smile can be joyful, sad, serious, cordial and kind, ironic and embarrassed, guilty and sensual, natural and artificial, open and mysterious, chaste and cheeky, victorious, etc.
Of course, it is not so important what smiles are. It is important that they are! Smiling people cause a surge of positive emotions, make others much happier, more loyal and friendly, causing them to like their own kind. They magically remove barriers in communication, awakening the best spiritual impulses.
Smiling makes us better. Those to whom we smile also become better. Our whole world is getting better.
Let's not skimp on smiles! And even though this is the first step in overcoming alienation, but having climbed it, we will already be ready to climb to the next one - the step of man's love for man.
I smile in response to the author, thanks for the smile.
Great article! Thanks to the author! Together with a smile, we give each other a boost of energy, a positive attitude, joy, warmth.
One hundred percent that a smile can melt the ice of hearts. By old age, almost everyone has the corners of their lips down and the earth's gravity pulls the weak muscles of the face to the ground, but as soon as a person smiles, his face becomes younger and his eyes drain their shine, especially when a sincere smile. I think if you smiled more often all your life, and didn’t train your cheeks when eating and talking, the corners of your mouth would never droop even in old age! And an inner smile illuminated your own life, even if humor only stretched your mouth ...