The verdict is in, and science has proven once again that an honest smile is an ice breaker.
Studies show that people are much more accepting of positive emotions when forming bonds than they are to negative ones such as contempt, sadness, or anger.
However, they vividly warn against faking it. People can spot a fake smile a mile away.
Science concludes that people who display the so-called Duchenne smile give off positive emotions, whereas other types were viewed as being too fake or, in some cases, not genuine enough. Thus, an honest smile begins with having a positive attitude.
The new study, conducted by Belinda Campos of the University of Southern California, published May, concludes, “A genuine smile is seen as a reliable sign of affiliation and willingness to cooperate with others.” However, the study also concludes that if a fake smile is perceived, trust is lost.