Monday, March 25, 2013


Your Smile is Your Signature
Your Laugh is Your Character 

While I was clearing up some old papers in my bookcase, I came across some jottings in an old diary I had made around 40 years ago, during my student days. 

I had scribbled something about types of smiles and laughter.

Your smile is like your signature – your very own personal imprint, like password or signal - and your laugh tells you about your character. 

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.



Copyright © Vikram Karve 2013
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