‘A happy or friendly expression on the face in which the ends of the mouth curve up slightly, often with the lips moving apart so that the teeth can be made just visible’. Definition for smile as per Cambridge English Dictionary.

There are plenty of idioms and plenty of quotes on smile.


In a more poetic way


Slowly a smile spread across her face

There was the faintest trace

Of a smile on his lips

He tried to suppress the smile

But felt the corner of his mouth twitch

He could not help smiling when he thought of

How pleased she was going to be

He smiled to himself as he thought

About his new girlfriend

He smiled the smile of a man

Who knew victory was within reach.


Latest studies by Japanese researchers headed by Masaki Tomonaga from Kyoto University have found out that the origin of smiles dates back to 30 million years. This brings smiles in everyone’s lips with lightening speed that makes us think that our direct ancestors were living in smiles.

When we claim that only human can laugh, we have mistaken it totally.

The first man who made animals laugh and have six senses  is none other than our Walt Disney. Look at the actions and reactions and the feelings of Tom and Jerry. 


Laugher in animals other than humans describes animal behavior which resembles human laugher.

Chimps, gorillas, booboos and Orangutans show laugher like vocalization in response to physical contact such as tickling. Chimp’s laugher is the result of inhalation and exhalation and is more like breathing and panting. The difference between chimp and human laughter may the result of adaptations that have evolved to enable human speech.

Laughing Kookaburras of Australia are well known for their call which resembles human laugher. One bird starts with a low hiccupping chuckle, and throws its head back in raucous laughter and often several others join in.

When horses neigh, they make a loud long sound and will make one think that it is laughing. It can be an indication after winning a race or the satisfaction having thrown out the rider for having beaten it.

But beware; there is no point in smiling standing before a teacher for having not done the home work. Remember the days when the bellows camera man used to make us stiff like a dead wood and ask us to ‘smile’ before opening the lens cover. Today we can be smiling lively before a ‘selfie’.


The saying ‘human only can smile’ still clings on the human lips.

While anger destroys the energy of 1000 nerves and muscles, the smile soothes the entire nervous system. So let us smile.

Look at the smiling face of The Buddha. It will bring calmness. It brings joy, luxury, laughter and prosperity.

Laugh out of your heart and the disease will go out of your nerves. No apple a day needed to drive the doctor away.


By Sundareswaran date: 9th Aug 2016

Source: Times of India dated 9th Aug 2016

Times Trends page 15   and Internet


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