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Learning How to Smile by alexey ,  Apr 25, 2013
“Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, and honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.” – Leo F. Buscaglia
Chinese customs employees bite down on black chopsticks during a 'How to Smile' training course in the city of Dalian in Liaoning province, China. Sullen-faced customs workers may be a thing of a past as initiatives are kicked off to improve customer service in China.Photo credit: HAP / Quirky China News / Rex Features
Smiles Are Contagious – Others can quickly and easily catch it and will experience the above ‘side effects’
You are beautiful. You are the essence of youth, beauty, promise and hope. At every age - whatever your age - your life is ahead of you. You are young, strong, healthy, alive, and fortunate! So why not reflect your true inner beauty and your true self in your photos? It is so much easier than you may think. This is what you will learn in this article: You will learn how to look beautiful in your photos. And, by learning this, you will be empowered to take beautiful

Learn how models project their inner beauty

The most important point to remember is that your true beauty exists in your inner energy, and that you project that energy whenever your pose for a photo. You project your inner energy whenever anyone takes your photo, even if you are unaware of it. One secret that models have is that they understand how to project their inner beauty. They know how to express their confidence and well being and inner love. Most of us have to learn this. Professional models had to learn and practice this as well. Models have had time to practice and develop this skill. And it actually is a skill.

Expect smiling to be difficult in some situations. Smiling on demand can be difficult, whether it's for a photo or for the sake of keeping mom happy when the relatives you can't stand visit. This is because you are feeling self-conscious or you lack a genuine reason for smiling. In these sorts of cases, smiling needs to come from your memory of good smiles along with a little self-kidding or jokes in the head.

You can actually feel the joy in your heart as you smile

Next, get a chair, and put one foot on the chair, and let your arms rest naturally on your knees. Close your eyes, take a breath, exhale, and smile. This is a relaxed yet sophisticated pose. If your friend is taking your photo, have her take it only of your upper body, from your torso to the top of your head. Have her count, one, two, three, and on three, open your eyes and smile the moment before she takes the photo. When you do it correctly you can actually feel an inner shift - you can feel your energy rise from your heart area to and through your smile and to and through your eyes.

There is a saying that "the eyes are the windows to the soul." When a photograph is taken of you, you are offering your love and goodness to the photograph - to others - to the world. This is a beautiful exercise which helps your energy flow upward and out - so that when you greet others, you are offering this love and goodness and joy to them. In truth, you are experiencing it for yourself and sharing it with all.

Smile with your eyes. A wholehearted smile will naturally draw in the eyes (called a Duchenne smile). It is commonplace to hear a person say "her eyes were smiling", or to say "he didn't mean it; he was smiling but his eyes weren't". The eyes are essential for a genuine, warm smile. Your eyes light up, twinkle, and reflect your happiness. While it's hard to fake this unless you're really feeling it, you can try this exercise:
  • To get a feel for how to make your eyes smile, stand in front of a mirror and practice smiling, but concentrate only on your eyes. You may find it helpful to cover the lower part of your face with a piece of paper. Play around with it a bit, and you'll find that you can make your mouth smile when your eyes aren't smiling, and you can also smile only with your eyes. When your eyes do smile, remember how it feels, which muscles are working and how. With practice, you may discover how to smile with your eyes at will by relying on your feelings and muscle memory.
Learn How To Smile Beautifully, Like a Model, in Your Photos