A smile is the universal language of connection

As December marks the beginning of many festive celebrations around the world, we all look forward to spending times with family and friends.

We always hope there will be much laughter, plenty of great food and many smiles.


Did you know that researchers have categorized over 50 different kinds of smiles? Everything from a ‘true’ smile (“in which the lips are drawn back, the cheeks are raised and crows-feet wrinkles appear around the eyes”) to sad, triumphant and even bitter.


Even without seeing an individual, people can “hear” what kind of smile they have through their voice!


My favorite smile on a character from my childhood is reflected in the description of St. Nick as told in the story of “Twas the Night Before Christmas”:


His eyes — how they twinkled! his dimples how merry!
His cheeks were like roses, his nose like a cherry!
His droll little mouth was drawn up like a bow,
And the beard of his chin was as white as the snow;


However you celebrate the holiday season, I wish you lots of joy, happiness, and plenty of smiles that make your eyes twinkle!


And if you’d like to enjoy a timeless classic, here is “Twas the Night Before Christmas” as presented by Perry Como.



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