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Amani Khalil

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Genuine Smile, Fake Smile but what about one associated with Pain?

Decided to re-post my comment as I would love others insight in regards to my question.

This video left me thinking; if we take out the real smile and the fake smile i am often amazed at myself (as a person who smiles endlessly) the sad smile. How is it that even through the most painful of times I as well as others are still capable of smiling, they maybe smaller in size from an actual happy smile yet still the only answer in that i can verify from my end is even with a sad smile i seem to connect the emotional vulnerability of realizing that even through the pain i could feel emotionally and physically a smile is there to comfort me, a selfish act that allows me to continue? Hard to articulate yet anyone else get my train of thought?

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    Aug 13 2011: Laughter, and to a certain lesser extent smiling, can help the brain secrete endorphins. So perhaps it is a technique (like self-stroking) to soothe.
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      Aug 14 2011: True on the physical aspect of it. I think why I wanted to probe deeper into it is because Ron mentioned that the action can in itself cause a positive reaction even when not expected which is a fake smile. But i think Gisela that some of the answers provided below show us how others cope outside of the happy/fake smile, a smile that shows appreciation or as in your words self-stroking as a smile can also show us our strength at the oddest of times.

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