Duchenne Smile

Duchenne Smile – do you know it? I know I talk about smiles a lot, but they really make life sweeter!

Duchenne smile post

Duchenne smile is a sincere smile, :) named after the French neurologist Duchenne de Boulogne, a pioneer in researching the science of electrophysiology. Basically two specific facial muscles must work together to produce a genuine smile: the zygomatic major muscle – it turns the corners of the lips up – and the orbicularis oculi muscle – it contracts the eyes resulting in the appearance of distinctive wrinkles (only during the smile!) Do you recognize when a smile is fake – or not?


Rose ring, from a flea market in Girona, Spain

Rose ring, from a flea market in Girona, Spain. Headband, just a ribbon. Mmm… maybe not such a Duchenne smile!

Striped dress with polka dot hem, . Bag and shoes, Luz da Lua. Denim jacket,

Striped dress with polka dot hem, Truworths. Bag and shoes, Luz da Lua. Denim jacket, CasaGrande

I really loved this dress, so comfy! Top, Primark

I really loved this dress, so comfy! Top, Primark

I liked the "half bow" style!

I liked these shoes “half bow” style!

Left hand ring, from Old Town San Sebastian, Basque Country

Left hand ring, from Old Town San Sebastian, Basque Country. Chrome nail polish, China Glaze

DIY Moment Cooking

Some people also write tabouli; it's a Lebanese salad. Baked white rice, you can prepare even with risotto leftovers

I cook a lot! My take on two famous dishes! Some people also write tabouli, a Lebanese salad. Baked white rice, you can prepare it even with leftover risotto. Please ask me if you want more details! Recipes on Vegetabible

Finishing Touch and Mood of the Week

Warm hearts world

Today we tend to smile for cameras. Let's do it when we are not posing, too!

Today we tend to smile for cameras. Let’s do it when we are mainly not posing!

Wishing you a great week with smiles! Thanks for the lovely comments!

Hope to see you on Friday, with Friday Feelings :)

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59 thoughts on “Duchenne Smile

  1. This is such a sweet post Denise. I didn’t know that about a genuine smile, it is so interesting to learn. Some day when I have more visible wrinkles around my eyes, i will be proud to say that they are proof that I have had many smiles in my life :) You have lovely rings too, love the rose ring!

    -Lily from With Love Lily Rose

  2. You look so lovely in that maxi dress…and your shoes are so cute. very feminine styling..I love how you layered a mustard jumper under a striped maxi dress. You know me, I love patterns and colours…they make me smile! I do smile very often and that’s one of the things I like about myself…there is also a long list of things I don’t like, but we won’t get into that now, let’s look on the bright side of things:)

    ….and speaking of bright topics, it was really nice to learn about the science behind the smile theory. Yes, sometimes I can spot a fake smile! So interesting that wrinkles indicate a real smile…perhaps that is why I always feel this strange sensation when I see botoxed stars, it is like I can’t read their facial expressions…and I can’t because really facial expressions are a part of visual communication between people, so when someone has had too much botox we can’t see if their smile is genuine or not.

  3. I love how you always add something informative in your posts! Lately I’ve been smiling again for photos. Like, REALLY smiling. I don’t like what my mouth looks like when I smile so I kind of avoided smiling for a while, but then I realized it was silly and I was like ‘fuck it, I’m just gonna smile again’. And I’m so glad I did.

  4. You can definitely tell when someone is doing a fake smile. I dont think i do them too often and ‘m often complimented for my smile thankfully – you too have a lovely smile and great teeth Denise. We should all smile more often, it does make everything seem happier. I love that you are smiling in all of your outfit posts which look adorable, and those nails are making me smile too.

    By the way I really appreciate you visiting my blog each week Denise.

  5. Hermosa como siempre, Denise! El vestido por encima de esa camiseta se ve hermoso, y me encantó muchísimo el esmalte de tus uñas!!!
    Me hizo reír la caption “Mmm… maybe not such a Duchenne smile!” debajo de la segunda foto, jajaja. Por lo general si me doy cuenta cuando una sonrisa es genuina y cuando no, pero no siempre. Yo se que dentro de no mucho tiempo tendre arruguitas cerca de los ojos por sonreir y reirme tanto jaja, pero no me importa. 😉


  6. That’s really cool! I can usually tell a fake and real smile, especially on myself as I know how much my face changes between the both. I just need to think about something funny or happy and there I have a real one! Love your look, those rings are gorgeous too!

    Raindrops of Sapphire

  7. Liebe Denise, Du lachst immer aufrichtig! Aber ich wusste bisher noch nicht, dass es dafür auch einen Namen gibt, durch Dich habe ich wieder etwas gelernt. Und ich möchte Dir auch aufrichtig sagen, wie gut Du wieder aussiehst – in Deine Schuhe bin ich gleich ganz verliebt. Außerdem würde ich zu gerne kosten, was Du zubereitet hast, ich bin überzeugt davon, Dein Essen ist einfach köstlich!
    Liebe Grüße von Rena

  8. Hello Denise! I always admire your post, because they’re so informative and I always learn something about different things – this time is duchenne smile, about which btw I have had NO idea before, so thank you for sharing it! What’s more, you look really pretty in this outfit, you have terrific smile, which makes this outfit even more better, if it’s possible. And next, your delicious food, which you prepared for your own – I’m always curious of cuisines from over the world, so please, could you tell me something about ingredients of tabouli? It looks like really yummy dish, I cook a lot, so I wouldn’t mind to try something new (I’ve heard that trying new things develops brain, so why not?). :)
    Have a lovely evening, my beautiful friend!

    • Dear Ivonne, I didn’t know that cooking develops brain, well, so I will be very developed :) I do cook at least 4 times a week and I like to try international dishes. Tonight I will try an Israeli dish. Thank you so much for your always lovely words, you are really so sweet! I posted about taboulleh (or tabouli) on Vegetabible (http://denisesplanet.com/recipe/), the page where I publish my recipes. It’s so easy and really so fresh for summer! I am also curious about your recipes, since you cook a lot too, I didn’t know! Again, thank you, hope you have a very nice day, dear friend!

  9. another cool post, Denise! I think a fake smile can be recognized but when someone is very good at fake-smiling it could also be quite a challenge to understand if it’s one or another, haha. anyway, I love the combination of your golden nails and pretty shoes. and both of those rings are lovely too. oh and I really like the mustard colour blouse – this colour suits you so well! by the way – your smile is definitely one of your signature things!
    ps. thank you so much for your cool comment under my hair post! I was so surprised when I read it and I also left you a small reply there 😉

  10. La frase che hai messo alla fine è la più bella secondo me :smile, mainly without a camera”, oggi conta troppo l’apparenza purtroppo! Dovremmo ritornare ad essere più spontanei e sorridere di cuore!
    Un bacione :*

  11. Dear Denise, this is an insightful post Denise, and as always I appreciate it so much. Yes, I can definitely tell a fake smile from a genuine one. Love your outfit with the half bow heels, and the rose ring is beautiful. :-) Schönes Wochenende! Alles Liebe von Madison x

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