How to Smile Like Julia Roberts

Mona Lisa © by Joaquín Martínez Rosado

The most famous smile in the world is Mona Lisa’s Smile by Leonardo Da Vinci. I can only think of one person that is as famous for her smile and that is Julia Roberts who actually played the role of Mona Lisa in 2003.

Julia Robert’s smile even has a price of 1.5 million dollars. That was the amount she was paid to smile in an Italian commercial.

The Secret of a Smile

Have you noticed that when people relax in their facial muscles the corners of the mouth turn downwards? That happens when you concentrate and it is quite natural, but is it suitable for the situation?

When the corners of your mouth turn downwards you look grumpy and distant. It doesn’t mean that you are grumpy and distant but the world around you will perceive you like that.

When depressed smiling is not the first thing that springs to your mind, but do it anyway because smiling will cheer you up and people around you appear more kind and happy to see you.

E.g. if you have to ask a colleague for advice, then who would you rather ask, they grumpy manager or the smiling assistant?

If you want other people to care for you, to notice you, to do something for you or to listen to you, then smile and people will be there for you. Your smile will make other people happy and they will return the smile and make you happy.

You smile by turning your corners of the mouth up a bit. They don’t have to turn upwards, but at least make them straight. It doesn’t take much effort; practise this in front of a mirror and you will see the massive change your smile makes to your face and attitude.

You also have to pull the muscles at the corners of your eyes a little bit. It is easy to practise this in front of a mirror and be aware of your smile when you are among other people.

Exercises to a Fantastic Smile

1. Do 100 daily smiles in front of the mirror. You need to tighten the muscles completely. It makes you look funny, but I will strengthen the muscles you need to smile.

2. Collect smiles: Walk through town and catch people’s eyes while you turn your muscles a bit to straight or upward. Notice how many people will smile back at you and how that gives you a prickling sensation.

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