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The rise of the ‘smize’

A man smiling while wearing a protective face mask.
A man smiling while wearing a protective face mask.
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All smiles are not created equal: We have different smiles for different situations. There are spontaneous smiles that indicate true joy. And then there are “social smiles,” the ones people use to communicate — like the no-you-go-first smile at the grocery line, the hello-neighbor smile when you pass someone you recognize on a hiking path, the hey-good-lookin’ smile when you spot someone attractive you’d like to know better, and the sorry-not-sorry smile when you one-up a rival.

Most of those don’t have much to do with happiness. People smile to communicate social acceptance, to set others at ease, or even…

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