Monday, October 3, 2011

SMILING and LAUGHING - Types of Smiles and Laughter

Your Smile, Your Laugh, Your Personality Signature

While I was clearing up some old papers in my bookcase, I came across some jottings in an old diary I had made more than thirty five years ago probably while sitting in my university library. 
I had scribbled something about types of smiles and laughter.

Your smile (and your laugh) is like your signature – your very own personal imprint, like password or signal. 

Now I want you to to do this:

Keep a mirror in front of you and practice each of the types of SMILES described below

and then

HAVE A LAUGH and observe how you laugh.

Don’t you want to know which type of smile and laugh means what, and which suits you best...?
Come on, get ready, and check it out, and tell us which type of “smiler”and “laugher” you are.


Lip smile – Smile only with their lips.

Cheesy smile – Smile with their teeth

Twinkle smile – Smile and Laugh with their dancing eyes 

Sweet smile – Exercise their chubby cheeks

Wry smile – Know something you don’t

Tee-Hee smile – Smile with their necks

Body smile – Smile wholeheartedly with their whole body

And of course you’ve seen the fake, contrived smiles of forced geniality.

And would someone please tell me what is the meaning of: “to smile like a Cheshire Cat” for I have never seen a cat smile but I can tell you that Dogs do smile very often...


Hearty Laughter – All heart

Belly Laughter – Body, belly and heart

Seal Laughter – Barking, high pitch, like a seal

Guffaw – Clearing one’s lungs and windpipe

Giggle – silly, embarrassed laugh

Titter, Snigger, Snicker – mocking laughter

Chuckle – A quiet laugh to yourself

Chortle – Gurgling laughter

We also have a burst of laughterrolling with laughterhorse laughlaughing up one’s sleeve (a secret somewhere), and laughing one’s head off.

I am sure there are many more types of smiles and laughter.

Dear Smilers and Laughers, do look around and see whether you observe the above types of smiles and laughs and don't forget to tell us about some more types of smiles and laughs you have observed and experienced.

I wonder if one’s personality and character is related to the way a person smiles or laughs...?

Now do enjoy yourself, look around and observe how people smile and laugh.

Most importantly, smile and laugh to yourself in the mirror, and draw your own conclusions.




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About Vikram Karve

A creative person with a zest for life, Vikram Karve is a retired Naval Officer turned full time writer. Educated at IIT Delhi, ITBHU Varanasi, The Lawrence School Lovedale and Bishops School Pune, Vikram has published two books: COCKTAIL a collection of fiction short stories about relationships (2011) and APPETITE FOR A STROLL a book of Foodie Adventures (2008) and is currently working on his novel and a book of vignettes and short fiction. An avid blogger, he has written a number of fiction short stories, creative non-fiction articles on a variety of topics including food, travel, philosophy, academics, technology, management, health, pet parenting, teaching stories and self help in magazines and published a large number of professional research papers in journals and edited in-house journals for many years, before the advent of blogging. Vikram has taught at a University as a Professor for almost 14 years and now teaches as a visiting faculty and devotes most of his time to creative writing. Vikram lives in Pune India with his family and muse - his pet dog Sherry with whom he takes long walks thinking creative thoughts.

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Rachana Shakyawar said...


Loved the post!
Simple sweet and such a superb exercise.
You wont believe it I tried in front of the mirror and it was such a fun. But my fav. smile is something which was not in ur sweet list of smiles. I love content Smile, when my mind is in humble posture, eyes not dreaming and heartbeats with a sweet pace. I situation is satisfying hence a content smile.
But well well is a smile and have magic around. Sometimes I see smiles your words. And while reading it a smile follows a smile. This is so magical.
I loved the tag line you gave to smile, like it is your passport. Beautiful!
Between, this also reminds me of two of my post which were written long bk ago on smile.
I'm leaving the links here..hope you will like going through them...

»Lighten up
~Keep the Spark Alive

Anonymous said...

Love this post.... This was a year ago, but if you haven't learned the Cheshire cat smile, it's from Alice in Wonderland. The Cheshire cat (purple magical cat) had an extreme, toothy, kind of dangerous- looking smile. Google him! :)