Did you know that humans have one real enjoyment smile, one false smile, and seventeen odd shades of “social smiles”? Social smiles are a part of our need to be part of a society of harmony and peaceful existence. Open up your recent party pictures or your wedding album, and you will be able to see these shades of social smiles.
The above pictures are taken from my daughter’s last birthday party, where the fathers were to be dressed as close to a “princess” as the daughters wished. You can imagine the discomfort of the fathers, first at the idea, and then at having the pictures clicked for this! So what we see in these pictures are varying types of social smiles. The challenge to all of you today is to tell us the order in which these social smiles appear relaxed. So the first one you name will the one where you find the father very hesitant, and the last one where the person is smiling very close to naturally. Keep in mind the final smile is to be close to the “natural” or true smile. And you will also need to tell us why this smile is close to the real smile.
The key takeaway from this game? Be mindful when you are taking pictures of friends and family members, especially when you see forced smiles. Not all of us want to get clicked!!
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Happy observing and all the best!
PS: A special note of thanks to all our friends who sportingly agreed to have these pictures used for this challenge. And a big thanks to the photographer, Vinit Bhatt, who weaves magical precision in his pictures for me, all the time!
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