Do you smile often?

Do you smile often? I do. I smile at my own silly comments that I tell myself inside my head, at people on the street, at people I know, while watching children playing or my dog with her full of energy trot*.

(Vocabulary: trot = a gentle run horses do)

I found a great infographic about smiling from Portman Healthcare, with lots of information and vocabulary!  Here it is with my vocabulary reference notes  in red for each section.




  • a greeting = to say hello
  • pleasant = nice, friendly
  • trustworthy = that you are reliable and it is alright to trust you
  • release = emit
  • wellbeing = our general health – mental and physical
  • hidden = not shown
  • the corners of your mouth = each end horizontally of your mouth
  • frown = the unhappy shape our mouth makes
  • upside down = with the top becoming the bottom and the bottom the top.
  • whole = entire, complete



  • to release = emit
  • endorphins = a chemical in your body which makes you feel good
  • reflex = an automatic physical reaction
  • joy = extreme happiness



  • genuine = real, true
  • workout = exercise routine
  • nostrils = the opening in our nose
  • jaw = the lower part of your head which can move up and down as we speak or eat





  • fake = not real, artificial
  • raised cheeks = the cheeks are puller higher
  • dimples = little hollow in your cheeks
  • crinkles in the eyes = the folds in the skin around the edges of the eyes
  • mimick = imitate, copy



  • tight-lipped = lips stretch and not relaxed
  • a sneer = an unpleasant smile showing dislike
  • drop jaw smile = with the mouth open alot
  • fake = not real
  • joyfulness = happiness




  • pain threshold = the level of pain and hurt you can tolerate
  • contented = happy, calm
  • immune system = the body’s defence system
  • to reduce = lower, make less



  • a beaming smile = a very happy smile 
  • to rate someone = to categorize people on a scale of numbers
  • feature = characteristic
  • facial = of the face



These brilliant images were from


Have you noticed that in many old photographs the people aren’t smiling – even at happy events? This video explains why! There are subtitles available on Youtube.


Click here to watch the video on YouTube.

For more on Happiness…



Have a look at this Tedtalk. It is full of interesting facts and there are subtitles if you need them.

Click click here to watch the talk on tedtalks




What makes you smile?

Tell me in the comments.

See you next Sunday and keep smiling!






About Kim Griffiths

Hello, I'm Kim. I'm a qualified English ESL teacher with a CELTA A qualification and I have over 25 years of experience teaching English to non-native speakers. I love teaching! I also write about English, sing jazz, paint and make things.

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