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Speed of smile helps create first impression

The speed of your smile can shape the first impressions others have of you, according to a new research. But smiling too quickly can lead others to think that you are insincere, while slow grins appear more genuine.

world Updated: Jun 01, 2010 01:55 IST

The speed of your smile can shape the first impressions others have of you, according to a new research.

But smiling too quickly can lead others to think that you are insincere, while slow grins appear more genuine.

As part of the research, a team of business advisors examined how smiling can give clients a positive impression. They discovered that a smile, which appears too swiftly and does not extend to the eyes can sends signals that you lack sincerity.

They found people should avoid three types of grin:

The Enthusiast: A huge smile showing all of your teeth and wide eyes can be overbearing.

The Big Freeze: A constant, practiced smile that lacks sincerity.

The Robot: A tiny, polite smile that doesn’t display warmth.

“Studies show people perceive a slower, natural smile which floods the entire face to be more genuine,” the Sun quoted Lesley Meechan of the Glasgow-based Go Group as saying.

Psychologist Bridget Hanna added: “Smiling all the time appears over-pleasing and lowers your status.”