Smiling vs. Frowning



~ A brief study of contrasts by P.L. Howe

Ah, The Nefarious Frown, worshiped and overused by the bad guys (and bad actors), utilized frequently by government officials to make a “serious” point and  always getting a bad rap. (btw – did you know that the OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAterm “a bad rap”, historically speaking, evolved from the original meaning of the word “rap”, which first popped up around the 14th century meaning “strike or blow”?

Who knew a frown could be so disturbing.

“It takes 42 muscles to frown, and only 4 muscles to reach out and smack you!”

Seriously, although those often times elusive “experts” can’t seem to agree on the actual count of muscles being used for a smile or a frown, it does seem that smiling usually comes up using fewer muscles.

Some additional studies have shown that people are more apt to smile when they see other people smiling and frown when they see other people frowning. Not good news given the “happenings” around the world today.

In the final analysis, according to extremely reliable experts (children) it only takes a nano-second to do either one (smile or frown) but the room is a much”funner” place when everyone is smiling at them.

My favorite smile ever!

My favorite smile ever!


So a thumbs up from me on the “Smile” of things.

Have an excellent day, and smile your way to tomorrow (well not constantly of course, they may come to take you away ha, ha, ho, ho, hee, hee … to the funny farm where life is beautiful and …) on second thought keep smiling!



31 thoughts on “Smiling vs. Frowning

  1. Emma has the most enchanting smile ever!! Smiling is one of my daily rituals…even on days I think there is nothing to smile about I look in the mirror and make it happen — really helps so many things ~ Frowns must work the opposite way. 😉 btw, I used this gravitar with such hesitation because it’s no “not me” to be serious looking in a photo ~ guess I was brainwashed at early age to do the smile thing… maybe I should change that gravitar now!! Loved this post sweet friend ~ love you too!!! ~ RL

  2. Excellent post! Grandmother and Emma compliments! That’s great in this business. And you’re wonderful, Emma – I know that you love your G.P.! Who would not love such a beautiful person.

    • Stefan, I waited for Emma to come home to share this with her before responding. She did want you to know she calls me G.P. (Grandma Penny – because her daddy did too, before he was gone, he would tease and say G.P. meant Great Person, so that is her and everyone else’s special name for me and she wanted to share that with you). Both Emma and I thank you very much for your lovely compliments, 🙂 xx

  3. “It takes 42 muscles to frown, and only 4 muscles to reach out and smack you!”….or….”throw something at you”…. not like I know anyone who would do that…(grin)…(ducking) xxxooo

  4. When I started reading “It takes 42 muscles to frown,,,” I immediately thought of that picture of the little black sprite with the bad language saying what you did. I do love that phrase and it makes me smile every time 😀 So here’s my smile for you :mrgreen:

    Hugs and love to you and your family

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