The time when you can get a smile is often when you need one, but when you’re the doctor, there’s a whole lot more going on.
We’re often told to smile as much as we can, to laugh as much, and to be polite and kind to one another.
But is that really what we want?
We all know people who do it the wrong way, who end up being weirdly quiet and self-conscious, and we can’t always blame them.
But does it really work?
The study looked at a new study, which compared smiles across the world, to see what the experts thought.
So what did they find?
In the UK, the average smile rate was just over 10 per cent, according to the study.
But when you get the results from other countries, like the US, Canada and Australia, the picture is slightly different.
The average smile rates in these countries were just below 7 per cent.
So why do we have this weird smile routine?
Well, a lot of us have a natural tendency to smile more than we do, but that doesn’t mean we’re necessarily trying to show off.
It’s a natural reaction to social situations and emotions.
And when it’s not, there can be a tendency to overdo it, which can result in some awkward moments.
But the study found that we don’t actually need to smile too much to be nice, or not to smile at all.
In fact, if we smile too little, we’re actually making ourselves less human.
“A smile is an expression of emotion and we’re not supposed to feel negative emotions like sadness or disgust,” says Dr Rachel Tisch, a psychologist and lecturer in psychology at the University of Western Australia.
So when it comes to smiling, why do so many of us feel we need to do more? “
People who smile are not necessarily trying their best to be pleasant, but they’re showing that they care.”
So when it comes to smiling, why do so many of us feel we need to do more?
Dr Tisch explains that we all have our own ways of expressing emotion, and some of us may not be able to control ourselves.
For example, people who have high levels of depression, anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder may need to be a little more gentle.
“We’re not born with these natural tendencies,” she says.
“These behaviours are learned and developed, and it’s the ability to control them that makes us human.”
So can you be a bit more social and have a better smile?
Well not everyone wants to be.
In the US study, there were only six countries where smiles were lower than 7 per.
For some people, that can be difficult to maintain.
So for those people, a few tricks are in order.
For instance, when you smile, try to smile in a way that lets others see the emotion and is also in a relaxed state.
“The longer the smile is, the more people will know what you’re feeling,” says Tisch.
“If you’re really smiling, you should try to be more quiet than you are, and keep it relaxed so that it can show off the emotions you’re trying to convey.”
If you’re still not sure what you want to do, check out our guide to how to smile.
What about if you don’t feel like smiling?
Well you don’ have to, but we’ve also got a few suggestions for when you feel a bit down.
If you feel stressed, it’s important to try to remember to smile, because it can calm you down.
And if you feel like you don-t have time to smile often, try something like reading a book.
“This is really the only thing that will really help you smile,” says Sarah Bierman, author of The Happiness Formula.
“It’ll get you through the day.
If it’s something you donít feel happy about, then you might want to consider something else.”
It may seem like a lot to ask, but for some people that could be a way of coping with their stress.
And there are other ways of smiling that may help you feel happier and more in control of your life.