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Fake Smile Contest. Everybody Wins!

Fake Smile Contest. In this photo the model isn’t just wearing a mask, she’s fake-smiling a mask with her mouth.

Fake Smile Contest. If you enter, you’ll win.

Hooray, how unusual is that! And what a fascinating prize it will be, if you’re a people person. :0)

First of All, Let’s Explore what Fake Smiles Are

Expression + aura reading will combine to drive home this point:

  • Fake smiles are just that. Fake.
  • In all their infinite variety, they may be interesting, but they’re still fake.
  • There are so many ways to give a fake smile.
  • But nobody has to do this silly thing.

I’m hopeful that this unique Energy Spirituality contest will persuade you. I developed this quiz in honor of an Energy Spirituality client who’s a fake smile skeptic.

By all means, use your own self-authority to decide for yourself whether imitation smiles are really cool. I’d just like to add some education.

Second, It’s So Easy to Find a Fake Smile for Entering this Contest

Go to Google. Type in the name of the celebrity of your choice. Click on the tab for images. You’ll find screen upon screen of photograph.

Weird or not, nearly all of them will probably be fake smiles. The hard part would be finding a genuine smile.

Perfect, though, for this contest. Just send a contest entry (as outlined toward the end of this post) giving a link to one of the fake smiles.

Why Are Fake Smiles So Popular?

Mostly the mess is spread by movies, TV, and photos. You know, those 4,000 – 10,000 images you’re likely to see every day. Where nearly all of the people do fake-smiling.

And why all these cutesy “smiles” that really aren’t smiles at all? What do you think, Blog-Buddies. My sense is this:

So great is the quest for new! Different! Ratings-seekers want you to feel that something is different… Even if you don’t know exactly what!

For these reasons — and others — all day long, what are you seeing? Glamorous people, beautifully lit, airbrushed, hyper-attractive. And they’ve put on fake smiles. Photographers and directors request it, no doubt.

You’ll even see children — actors and models — evidently coached to fake smile.

Personally, I find that really sad and annoying. How about you?

And now there’s another way to make images cutesy. Fake smiles plus cropping off the person’s forehead. Or chin. Maybe both.

Can’t wait for people to go back to normal head shots. Where you can see them properly. Maybe do face reading or aura reading or a Skilled Empath Merge. Now that’s more like it!

When Did All this Fakery Move into Collective Consciousness?

As I remember it, fake smiles became popular in the 1960’s. Thank you, Audrey Hepburn. What a childhood she lived through! Besides, by all accounts, she was a sweet person. and so “elegant.” Seldom would you see any teeth in her smiles.

Whether it began with “Breakfast at Tiffany’s” or in some other way, ugh! That kind of faking has become a thing. Well established in collective consciousness.

Could be, some of you Blog-Buddies don’t know the difference. Which is why I’m making this contest available to you and your friends.

Can You Spot Fake Smiles? Begin by Spotting a REAL Smile.

And what, precisely, is a real smile?

This excellent article introduces us to the gold standard, a Duchenne smile.

Ever hear of Calling a facial expression a “Duchenne smile”?  The name comes from Guillaume Duchenne. This French anatomist studied many different expressions of emotion. And he came to specialize in real smiles: A natural expression of pure enjoyment.

Specifically, Duchenne identified a set of facial movements. A real smile includes this full set of characteristics:

  1. Lips part.
  2. Mouth corners rise up.
  3. Cheeks lift up.
  4. Eyes crinkle.
  5. And, briefly, eyes flash.

For example, in the photo at the top of this article, real or fake? Clearly fake. The masked model only accomplishes #2. See that?

Unlike Fake Smiles, the Real Ones Help You Feel Better

Psychologists and neuroscientists have studied this. Although common sense can tell you: How you outwardly move your facial muscles? This effects your inner emotions. For example, a study by Robert Soussignan explored the difference between Duchenne smiles and fake ones.

Those who produced real smiles were happier as a result. As for those who produce fake smiles? Not so much.

Fascinating but true: Even if the real smile isn’t sincere, if a person does all five of those aforementioned Duchenne tricks… It still counts as a real smile. And it still will produce inner results. Plus outer goodies for any observer.

Also did you know this? Within the category of real smiles, there are many varieties.

And you can learn how to identify them. Plus, interpret their significance. Find the juicy details n “Read People Deeper: Body Language + Face Reading + Auras.” The section on different Smile Styles is one of my favorite parts of that book. Check it out!

Actually, speaking of Body Language + Aura Reading… that’s where this contest will get interesting.

Entering this Contest, What Will Be Your Prize?

I’m going to read the aura of the public figure whose photo you submit.

Specifically, I’ll be using skills of Stage 3 Energetic Literacy. That’s the level of skill at aura reading where you can research chakra databanks. Where the juicy, practical, helpful insights are!

For each smiler, I’ll give my assessment of whether this really is technically a fake smile. Then I’ll research these four revealing aura parts:

  1. Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity
  2. Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving
  3. Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving
  4. And the Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty

Do I know in advance what that aura research will reveal? Of course not. This will be educational for us all. Maybe it will turn out that I’m wrong, and fake smiles are wonderful!

How to Enter — and Win — this Contest

Right away, let’s be clear. With this contest, if you enter and follow all the instructions below, you win.

And I’m going to keep it open for exactly a week. Accordingly, you might wish to let a bunch of friends know. The more, the merrier. Because that prize will be so darned educational!

Okay, here come the rules.

  1. Only one entry per person. Enter by creating a COMMENT below.
  2. Choose one public figure who is fake-smiling. Give that person’s name.
  3. Add a one-click link to a headshot of this person.
  4. The photo must be taken from a front angle. Not toward the left or the right. Also, taken on the level. Not up-or-down.
  5. No cropping of the person’s face. (Which would go without saying since you’ve read the whole blog post, right?) Don’t waste your one entry, folks!
  6. Optional: You might wish to supply a url for where this headshot appears, if possible.
  7. Optional: Add any info you like, such as why you prefer real smiles. Or so far, you prefer fake smiles. Etc.

I’m looking forward to giving you one of the prizes, right here at this blog.

Note: If your comment doesn’t appear after 24 hours, it’s because you didn’t follow the rules. I expect that this contest will keep me ridiculously busy. Therefore, I’m not adding to my scope of volunteer work by exchanging emails with you about what to fix in order to follow the rules. You can figure this out on your own, based on what’s stated here.

This contest closes one week from today, Wednesday June 5.

Here’s to Smile Smarts for us all! And thanks in advance for joining me in this educational project.

In Anna Karenina, Leo Tolstoy famously wrote, “Happy families are all alike; every unhappy family is unhappy in its own way.”  I don’t happen to believe that’s true. Each family is unique… and interesting.

With smiles, however, I think it’s valid to note that authentic smiles show happiness. Or, at least, willingness to be happy. And… what a smile is about, more than anything… a willingness to reach out to other people. And give to them emotionally.

While fake smiles are way more varied in their inner significance. Let’s explore the inner meaning of these fascinating social moments.

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  1. 1
    Susan Torres says:

    I nominate Pete Buttigieg

    It was very hard to find a fake smile from this man. Most all of his smiles in the images I was able to find are following all of the Duchenne principles.

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    Graham says:

    I nominate Lucy Worsley. Her lips are not parted in this smile:
    She comes across as a very genuine person (is on your Enlightenment Life list, too!), but I daresay most public figures weary of having to smile all the time…

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    SUSAN, thank you for being the first to get into this contest. So we’ll begin with Presidential Candidate, Mayor Mayor Pete Buttigieg. YES, you’ve found a fake smile.

    Note: For all of you blog-Buddies with political interests, I’ve done some consciousness lifestyle aura readings of all the current candidates. They’re over at the Enlightenment Life List. Start by reading the comments at “Page 30.” You’ll also find a small number of Presidential Candidates at Page 29. (About Elizabeth Warren, see Comments #2835 and 2840.)

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    At the time of the photo supplied — knowing that auras change second by second, depending on what we’re doing:

    #1. Pete Buttigieg’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 45 feet. (Large side of normal.) Cares passionately about speaking the truth, but it’s tinged with a Quixotic idealism.

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    #2. Pete Buttigieg’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving, 15 feet. A practiced sort of emotional giving in public, while in the impossibly demanding role as Presidential Candidate.

    At the time of this photo, he strikes me as a bit tired. Not quite on his game. Maybe, SUSAN, that’s why it’s one of the rare pix of him where he’s doing a fake smile. (And yes, I agree with your assessment on that smile.)

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    #3. Pete Buttigieg’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving, 1/8 inch. (Flat-lining, for now.)

    He doesn’t need anything from anybody. He just wants to give. As if he has a priestly or sacred role, running for office. Like, “It’s not about me needing anything. I just want to serve.” (This human impossibility alone could take some of the oomph out of his smile, while he’s feeling this way.)

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    #4. Pete Buttigieg’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty, 3 inches. (Close to shut down.)

    Energetic literacy suggests that he’s got a pretty habitual quality of shut down, around honestly making contact with his own emotions. STUFF stuck in him, for now. Of course, SUSAN, we know that STUFF can always, always, always, always be healed. But evidently he hasn’t yet found a way to do that.

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    Next up, our first entry from Merrie England.

    (And I insist on believing in that, GRAHAM. You know how much I’ve enjoyed my five trips to England, doing sessions and workshops. May this whole Brexit mess be resolved as sweetly and helpfully as possible!)

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    Anyway, thanks for finding a suitable photo of Lucy Worsley. “Her lips are not parted in this smile,” as you say in your magnificently polite British way.

    While I, at the extreme of American “telling it like it is,” will (with all respect to both you and her) call it a Fake Smile. Here goes.

  10. 10

    Haha, her her ‘Marmitey’ appeal! Adorb! Okay, settle down, Rose! Use those literacy skills.

    #1. Lucy Worsley’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 40 feet. Large side of normal. Having fun playing within her life, like putting on a show during this interview. Divine presence is strong, as it would be in every chakra databank, related to being in Enlightenment.

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    #2. Lucy Worsley’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 40 feet.

    Yes, what I’m finding here clinches it for me, this second chakra databank. Seems to me, Lucy Worsley has moved into Traditional Enlightenment. (Just what her soul preferred, you know, rather than Age of Awakening Enlightenment.)

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    What am I noticing? How the quality of her consciousness is so different from that of the folks I most often research for Enlightenment.

    She’s witnessing herself, as if noticing her own body and human self from behind and above. It’s a funny game, almost ridiculous, because she’s one with cosmic bliss. As for her human emotional giving, that’s part of the human machinery that she carries around (except when sleeping).

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    No wonder that fake smile is so wry. Friends I’ve known in Traditional Enlightenment don’t have reverence for the human condition. They’re in love with being one with God and all that is.

    By contrast, in Age of Awakening Enlightenment, it’s a different setup. And even though we have a strong, felt, in the background-abstract connection to God (far more than before Enlightenment), we care about our human lives. Identify with them. Have skin in the game! Hey, I’ll add links about these two types of Enlightenment, for you readers who haven’t necessarily followed that chunk of RES.

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    Back to #3. Lucy Worsley’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. It’s out 40 feet.

    To her, receiving emotionally from other people can be nice. Can be lovely. Yet it’s positively trivial, compared with her connection to God. (Yep, that Traditional Enlightenment for you. Overwhelming bliss, and a perpetual and enjoyable detachment from all humans… even one’s self.)

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    #4. Lucy Worsley’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty, 40 feet.

    Seems to me, she’s used to a very detached way of seeing her own good, bad, and in-between. Perhaps accentuated with a bit of British self-deprecation and irony. Mostly, her human life has served its purpose and now she’s just living until the body’s done. It doesn’t matter, especially, that “Lucy has faults and limitations.” The human life form, as she knows it, is pathetically limited in that way.

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    It’s always a bit tricky, putting into words when a person’s everyday experience of consciousness is so far removed from what most people experience.

    And I can’t even think of the last time I did aura reading research at this blog, describing somebody in Traditional Enlightenment. It’s hard to find people in that state where they manage to maintain it, with the various complications happening now, in the early years of the Age of Awakening.

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    I hope I’ve conveyed the great affection that Lucy Worsley has for herself, and for other humans as well.

    It’s like a grandparent attending a primary school (elementary school) graduation; seeing the little kids who sit at their little desks, believing that everything that happens to them is so important. Those kids are so non-adult, and (as with Worsley’s experience of herself and other human adults)… yet they’re still glowing with Divine magnificence!

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    Graham says:

    Thank you Rose, that is super interesting!

  19. 19
    Kylie Sparks says:

    Fascinating aura readings, both!

    The aura reading of Lucy Worsley really helped me to understand the difference between traditional and age of awakening enlightenment.

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    Logan Michael says:

    In your opinion Rose, do people in Traditional Enlightenment grow as fast as people who live in Age of Awakening Enlightenment?

    Since it’s a form of Enlightenment, I would imagine so. But because of their detachment from human life, it seems counter-intuitive that they would grow fast at all!

  21. 21
    Rose Rosetree says:

    LOGAN, that’s a superb question. You’ve inspired a blog post.

    For now, consider: Not just “counter-intuitive” but also “counter-logical.”

  22. 22
    Logan Michael says:

    I would like to nominate Paula Deen.

    Bless her grits n’ gravy, but it wasn’t very hard to find this woman with a fake smile.

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    Logan Michael says:

    I found some of her photos to be hilarious, seeing how obvious it was that she was trying way too hard to smile. It was challenging to find a photo without her forehead cropped off, however.

    Here is a link to a photo of Paula Deen:

  24. 24

    LOGAN, your question in Comment 20 proved irresistible. For all of you who are curious to know the answer, here’s your link to the shiny new post. Let me know your reaction!

  25. 25
    Holly says:

    Hi Rose,
    I would like to nominate Emily Blunt. She has been in very different movies like “Edge of Tomorrow”, “The Devil Wears Prada”, and “The Adjustment Bureau”. Here is her main photo on IMDb. Thank you!,0,214,317_AL_.jpg

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    Holly says:

    In my teenybopper years, I smiled with my lips closed when I took studio pictures with my friends.

    I did what the popular kids did.

  27. 27
    Holly says:

    Sometime after I became an adult, I read a blog post about moving beauty versus static beauty.

    The blogger talked about how her favorite actress was so beautiful while moving but the photographs never captured any of it.

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    Holly says:

    After that, I thought, “Maybe I also look better when I’m moving compared to when I’m not moving.”

    So what if I’m not photogenic and I have awful pictures of me all over Facebook? I’m just going to have a good time.

  29. 29
    Holly says:

    Now, if I’m posing for a picture, I cheese, unless I’m making a goofy face.

    I still use the closed lip smile as an expression during a conversation, though.

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    Holly says:

    Separately, there is an article in The Atlantic about the growing use of dental veneers by influencers on Instagram.

    Since even insincere real smiles produce results, hopefully this trend will get more people to part their lips when they smile?

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    Now you win, LOGAN MICHAEL. Thanks for nominating Paula Deen. And how witty about the grits & gravy. 🙂

    Many of you Blog-Buddies may not be familiar with her. Her career was bigger years ago, as a celebrity chef. Then she suffered a bit of a scandal over the “good old southern racism” that went along with her southern cuisine. (LOGAN, I thought you’d appreciate this link, since your family heritage is not WASPey, like Deen’s.)

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    Now, to research what is definitely a fake smile: #1. Paula Deen’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity

    1/8 inch. Completely shut down. LOGAN and other Blog-Buddies, I’m struck by the crusty, long-term phony quality to this chakra databank.

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    Reminds me of certain Americans in the past who cultivated a deep, deep tan — turning their skin to something more like painted leather.

    Essentially, for Paula, speaking to others is a way to gain popularity, fame, and wealth. Truth has nothing to do with it.

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    And lest I seem as if I’m judging her rather than telling it like it is, many of us went through periods in our lives where we had something similar. Middle school perhaps?

    The interesting thing with Paula Deen is that, as evidenced by the quality of this chakra databank, she’s been living this way for a very long time.

  35. 35

    #2. Paula Deen’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 80 feet. Somewhat over-functioning.

    She’s over-the-top, charmingly warm and emotionally generous… provided that you’re somebody she would consider “One of Us.” Perhaps one secret of her success is how some fans would love her for that. All of it, especially the “provided that you’re one of us.”

  36. 36

    #3. Paula Deen’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 2 inches. Close to shutdown.

    Of course, this is a publicity photo, intended for the public. And it seems to me that Paula’s public persona — in contrast to what she’s like, relaxing with friends — includes the appeal of, “I don’t need anything. I’m just here for YOUUUUUUUU.”

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    #4. Paula Deen’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 3 inches. Close to shutdown.

    Reading this chakra databank I’m impressed. Paula has quite an imagination, lots of creativity. Unfortunately, she uses it inwardly to paint a pretty picture, a festive picture, of her true reactions. And also that sacred part of a human personality, one’s conscience.

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    Workings of all this are quite distorted, long-term limited.

    Essentially, Paula is her own heroine, to a degree that limits her willingness to be honest with herself. That’s certainly a popular experiment here at Earth School. In Life Reviews, this sort of thing takes on the perspective of the learning opportunity that I call “a failed experiment.” It’s all learning, though.

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    In conclusion — and yes, from here on out doing this contest, I’ll remember to add a conclusion — Paula’s very fake smile corresponds to how much she wants to convey her perfection, the public image she cultivates. And that public image doesn’t include much in the way of honesty.

    If you don’t resonate with the appeal I summarized in Comments #33 and 36, that smile would register as intensely fake.

  40. 40

    HOLLY, thank you so much for all you wrote. Sharing your history as a smiler is such a great idea. I’d love to hear from more of you about what kind of smile you give folks in person and also what you do with photos.

    And please add if you’re a millennial or belong to a different generation. What’s the reason I’m curious?

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    Today I came across a fascinating statistic:

    In a recent survey from Luster Premium White, a teeth whitening product, researchers calculated that the average millennial could take up to about 25,700 selfies in his or her lifetime.

  42. 42

    Comment 29, in particular, kind of stunned me. I wonder if other millennials and those of you who are younger have developed a whole way of smiling just for the many, many photographs.

    I would encourage all of you to do a real smile. Maybe modifying it slightly if it’s a publicity picture, like the one at this blog. Where I stopped short at lifting my cheeks, keeping my eyes from scrunching up. Ugh! At least if you read my aura, you’ll find it wasn’t such a fake smile inwardly. “Situationally fake” might be the term.

  43. 43

    HOLLY, I can still remember the first time I saw you smile. It was so lovely. And a bit of a shock. You were still quite a new client. We were having our first Skype webcam.

    Your face didn’t have nearly as much mobility as since you’ve moved into Enlightenment. So it was a huge contrast when that gravely dignified expression broke through into a smile. Absolutely enchanting, that smile of yours!

  44. 44

    The idea about doing fake smiles due to feeling tooth-shame? Look, I understand it, but why not show the world one’s overbite (as I do) or whatever?

    Fact is, soon as a person starts talking, all those chompers are going to show anyway.

  45. 45

    Now onto HOLLY’S nominee for this contest, Emily Blunt. Beautifully worded nomination there, HOLLY. So thanks for that Comment #25. Plus, you have definitely supplied a fake smile.

    First, a challenge to you, Blog-Buddies. Can you duplicate that fearsome lip curve? I sure can’t. Probably it would take hours of practice, practice, practice. If you succeed at making that big, fake, lip curvy expression with lips clamped shut… Do tell, how do you feel while making that face?.

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    #1. Emily Blunt’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 90 miles. Over-functioning.

    As a committed professional actress Emily uses her facial expressions for performance. Likewise, she plays with her voice. Plays at being different characters. That talent? She’s very proud of it. Unfortunately, at the time of this photo, Blunt evidently doesn’t have a sense of being a person… apart from taking on roles. No doubt this happens to many successful actors like her (and also acting wannabes), but I do find this unsettling.

  47. 47
    Isabella Cates says:

    Hi Rose! Thank you for this fascinating series of comments.

    A few times I’ve heard you talk about facial mobility (or lack thereof), like in comment #43. It’s a really interesting concept to me. Would you mind clueing as in about why you find it significant?

    Thank you!

  48. 48

    #2. Emily Blunt’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 4 inches. Close to shutdown.

    When she’s reasonably sure of receiving emotionally, then she’ll give. Otherwise, why bother?

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    #3. Emily Blunt’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. Out to the moon. Extremely over-functioning.

    Evidently Emily would do just about anything to feel that the public adores her; receiving adulation, fame, wealth — as a symbol of her specialness, etc . However, nothing she receives will ever be enough (how it feels to me, in that chakra databank).

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    #4. Emily Blunt’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 1/8 inch. Shut down.

    “Life is all about putting on a show. You can tell yourself whatever you like. I’m just better at playing pretend than most people.”.

  51. 51
    Gillian says:

    This is turning out to be such a fascinating thread, Rose. Thank you for doing it.

  52. 52

    Responding now to your Question in Comment #47, ISABELLA, about facial mobility. Mainly I would direct your attention — and other readers’ attention — to “Read People Deeper.”

    As you know, I have a policy about not re-writing my books here at this blog.

  53. 53

    To find oodles of very specific, practical info about facial mobility, go to Page 272. Then check out these entries in the index:

    * Animation
    * Attentiveness

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    * Engagement
    * Expression
    * How to Read Body Language

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    * Micro-Expressions
    * Post-Smile Animation
    * Smile Shockwaves

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    Gillian says:

    On a more trivial note, ref comment #44, I remember spending 3 weeks at an eco-village in Virginia as a guest, back in 2003.

    I got chatting to a young man who had visited Europe – including the UK. I was so amazed when he started talking about how bad British people’s teeth were. It was astonishing to me (in his defence, he did also say to me, “You have perfect teeth,” lol!).

  57. 57
    Gillian says:

    I still remember the shock of thinking, “Teeth? Huh? Who even thinks about that??”

    But hey, I am not a millenial ;).

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    Anna says:

    Thank you for this research, Rose.

    I would like to nominate Austria’s first female Chancellor, Brigitte Bierlein. She was appointed this week to lead an interim government after the former Chancellor was deposed in a no-confidence motion in the wake of a corruption scandal involving one of the coalition parties.

  59. 59
    Anna says:

    Ms. Bierlein has had a stellar law career and formerly headed the Austrian Constitutional Court.

    It is nearly impossible to find photos of her face “on the level”, so I’m including this one in which she is standing next to the current President.

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    Guten abend, ANNA. It’s delightful to receive the first contest entry from Austria. Although I’m a bit embarrassed to admit I didn’t know about this important new precedent in your country, HOORAY!

    ANNA, and all Blog-Buddies, please know that when I read the aura of a politician, I’m not commenting on the person’s political skills, or point of view politically, or anything substantive that would matter hugely for voting. But you’all knew that, didn’t you!

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    For this aura reading research, I’ll be using that first photo, ANNA. It’s excellent for this smile reading.

    And is this ever a fake smile! You’ve chosen well. 🙂

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    #1. Chancellor Bierlein’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 3 inches. Close to shutdown.

    Why doesn’t she care a whit about integrity, at the time of this photo? Anger and resentment predominate, plus a love of power. (Sigh!)

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    #2. Chancellor Bierlein’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 1/8 inch. Flatlines.

    Luckily, as some of you Blog-Buddies know, I’ve had practice at researching stumpy, shut-down chakra databanks. This one is filled with emotional pragmatism. Like, “I’ll give emotionally to other people only when I’ve got a very, very good reason to give them a thing.”

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    #3. Chancellor Bierlein’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 80 feet. Over-functioning a bit.

    Ooh, ANNA, I’m very sorry to report the following. Evidently Chancellor Bierlein loves to receive emotionally, especially when related to having superior power. Especially enjoyable to her is when people give to her emotionally because they fear her.

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    #4. Chancellor Bierlein’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. Ooh, maybe this will be lovely!
    8 feet. Small.

    Her heart’s as cold as ice, seems to me, and with no room whatsoever for admitting the truth to herself about herself in a way that includes emotions like happy, sad, scared, angry.

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    What’s the biggest factor, evidently, in her long-term lack of interest in emotional honesty. Never, ever will she admit she’s been wrong. Not about anything.

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    Ethan says:

    I’d like to nominate American actress and comedian Kate McKinnon. She is regular cast member (now the longest serving female cast member) on SNL-her impressions are amazing and she is one of my favourites. She is so photogenic and I found a variety of smiles but let us see about the ones i’ve linked to. Thank you Rose for this fun and education blog post:)

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    Logan Michael says:

    Thank you for reading Paula’s aura, Rose! And all the others too.

    It has been an interesting opportunity learning what lurks beneath a fake smile, from an aura reading perspective.

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    Logan Michael says:

    When I think of fake smiles, the kind of people that come to mind are TV show hosts, news anchors, game show hosts and cooking reality TV show hosts.

    Paula Deen seemed like an ideal candidate, always making it sound like her butter-drowned-food wont be bad for the viewer. I have always gotten the impression she was fake and phony. Her reading is very unsettling but not surprising.

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    Rose Rosetree says:

    LOGAN, you’re welcome. Just for a different perspective, when I think of fake smiles, I think of PEOPLE, everyday people on Facebook and in the supermarket. That’s what bothers me.

    Such as a sweet client of mine who has described her smile evolution in some previous comments here. And by now, she’s giving real smiles when photographed but still fake-smiling when she’s with people.

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    Rose Rosetree says:

    In my small way, I’d like to contribute to helping this fad die out. Because I believe there’s a reciprocal relationship between our facial expressions and how we feel inside — as with the four sample chakra databanks that I’m researching in aura readings at this post. To put it bluntly:

    Some folks take cues from American society to act stupider than they need to be. And some copy the popular influencers you mentioned in your previous comment, LOGAN. Let’s become everyday influencers to give real smiles.

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    Rose Rosetree says:

    As the thoughtful people you Blog-Buddies are, I hope you’ll start conversations with people you know about distinguishing real smiles from fake ones.

    Perhaps you can even refer some friends to this blog post — and maybe even in time for them to become contest winners. (Folks can enter through this coming Wednesday.)

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    Rose Rosetree says:

    Do any of you readers know which was the first U.S. president to smile in his official presidential photograph?

    That was Richard Nixon. While the most fake smile yet in the history of presidential photos? Bet you can guess. If you’re feeling brave, click on this link to see it. (BTW, he’s only been caught live on video laughing ONCE.)

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    Susan Torres says:

    Thank you Rose 🌹

    So much fun and insightful too!

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    Isabella Cates says:

    Oh my gosh, Rose, I thought that link was going to be a picture of Richard Nixon. Instead it that seriously disturbing photo! He actually looks like a clown!

    Anyway…. your last link inspired my nomination. James Comey, who has obviously played a large role in American politics in recent years.

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    Steve says:

    Hi Rose,I’d like to nominate Hollywood star Keanu Reeves. Interesting enough it was hard to find a photo of him smiling with any teeth.He is certainly not into cutesy smiles. But-here is one! Thank you for this educational contest Rose.

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    Researching Kate McKinnon? What a treat, ETHAN. Just last night I was watching her on an old episode of “Saturday Night Live.” Along with Keenan Thompson (in Enlightenment!) and Leslie Jones, she’s my favorite. They’re all tied in Rose-World.

    This YouTube video is one of the funniest ever. So glad I could find it for you, ETHAN and others.

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    Holly says:

    Hi Rose,

    Thank you for reading Emily Blunt and for hosting this fun contest.

    The part you wrote about how Emily Blunt will never feel as if she has received enough fame and wealth reminded me of something you said about thin people. Thin people never think they are thin enough. I also read an article about cosmetic surgery that followed a woman who completely transformed her face. She was still planning more procedures. I guess humans will never be satisfied with an unlimited amount of just one thing.

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    Holly says:

    Responding to comments 40-42, I am a millennial. Other millennials would consider me weird since I don’t take as many pictures, selfies or otherwise, and I don’t spend a lot of time on social media.

    Our cohort probably has developed a way to smile just for photographs. I have been told to practice my selfies. Not just the smile, but also the angle.

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    Holly says:

    The Luster survey about selfies probably has imbedded selection bias.

    For example, I would not make time to respond to a survey about selfies. Also, it is a product company, not a survey or research company. There is no reason to have rigorous survey standards.

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    Holly says:

    But, I am a “weird” millennial.

    And even if we conservatively cut the survey’s estimate in half, that would still be a ridiculous amount of 12,850 selfies.

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    Holly says:

    When I pose for a photograph, I either cheese or goof off.

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    Holly says:

    When I’m with people, I usually smile with my lips parted. But not 100% of the time.

    If someone says something that makes me smile and I have food in my mouth, I smile with my lips closed.

    If someone just told me her pet passed away, I stretch my lips a little and lift the corners a little. I call that a sympathetic smile. A cheesy smile with teeth showing seems insensitive for moments like those.

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    Holly says:

    In those instances, is it better to not smile at all? I don’t want to be fake.

    But I really do think showing my giant teeth when someone is telling me something sad is inappropriate.

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    Holly says:

    Hi Gillian,

    I have been told that British people have bad teeth because of bad dentistry and tea drinking.

    I just googled it. It is apparently an American joke about British people. None of the articles I skimmed said only millennials think this way; but Austin Powers did come out when we were growing up.

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    #1. Kate McKinnon’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity.

    Ha, what I noticed made me pause in my tracks. So I just researched her for Enlightenment. And onto my Enlightenment Life List she goes. Hooray!!!!!!

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    Back to #1. Kate McKinnon’s Throat Chakra Databank for Verbal Integrity. 40 feet. On the high side of normal range.

    Shimmering glee suffuses this chakra databank. Evidently, Kate loves to tell the truth, and — in the process — smash illusions and dullness.

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    #2. Kate McKinnon’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Giving. 40 feet. High side of normal.

    The comedian loves giving to others, loves playing, loves people, and adores ridiculousness. (She’ll make any goofy face, including a fake smile, for the sake of goofy.)

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    #3. Kate McKinnon’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Receiving. 40 feet, and also on the high side of normal.

    Gratitude for all she receives — that’s what this big star has going on. She plays and then gets rewarded; almost like being an adorable child, only she gets to do this as a grownup (a sly grownup).

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    #4. Kate McKinnon’s Heart Chakra Databank for Emotional Self-Honesty. 40 feet. On the high side of normal.

    Seems to me Kate has come a long way, in terms of not being brutally unkind over every possible personal flaw. She’s come a long way, but still may have a way to go. Of course, as you may know, people in Age of Awakening Enlightenment grow extra fast, compared to before crossing the threshold into Enlightenment.

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    HOLLY, what a great set of comments. Thank you.

    I love every single comment you’ve made here. Except for that untrue comment about “giant teeth.” Do you have any idea how pretty you are, teeth included?!!!!!!!

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    Some of what you wrote is really thought provoking. I’m really curious what other Blog-Buddies do about smiling.

    #1. Do you feel the need to smile while eating food?
    #2. Do you feel the need to smile if somebody talks about something sad?
    #3. Are you a Millennial or not.

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    And just in case nobody else leaps to their keyboard to type in a response, here’s mine:

    #1. Never. (Unless you count letting the food smile inside my mouth, also known as “tasting good.”)
    #2. Absolutely not.
    #3. Not a Millennial.

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    Leo Watts says:

    Kate McKinnon is absolutely hilarious on SNL.

    I was laughing out loud when she was playing Jeff Sessions.

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    ISABELLA CATES, over to your Comments #76 and 77. Thanks for sending both pix of James Comey. Of course, I’m only going to research the first one.

    This will be especially interesting since James Comey is promoting his book with the subtitle, “Truth, Lies and Leadership.” We truth-tellers (and I count myself among them) have a grave responsibility to uphold impeccable standards.

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    Just to get this off my chest before I start reading four parts of Comey’s aura, I find it a little disingenuous that he prominently describes himself as “Former FBI Director, current husband, father, and grandfather(!), writing and speaking about ethical leadership, taller and funnier in person.”

    Why does a former FBI director have to come across all folksy-like? “Ick,” is my reaction, admittedly with Stage 1 Energetic Literacy. Probably nothing to do with Comey but more a poor choice from the PR people tasked with making big bucks off Comey, The Celeb. Okay, now I can put that reaction aside and go for the Stage 3 Energetic Literacy version, more accurate.

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    Okay, now I’m beginning to research Comey and, as it happens, I’ve got another treat for you at this thread, sort of a treat anyway.

    At this blog you’ve sometimes read little bits about extreme spiritual addiction. Most notably, you’ll find brief references at the Enlightenment Life List, since some influential people who seem really “together” aren’t doing that well after all.

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    Personally, I find it distasteful to go into the details of somebody’s aura when somebody has got this going on. (Although I always, always, do detailed research on my own before making that determination.) In short, before today, I haven’t done any detailed readings of chakra databanks belonging to people with this consciousness lifestyle, not since 2016.

    If you like this sort of thing, you might check out these three YouTube videos, with detailed research into extreme spiritual addiction, videos that I made back in the day: Of Trump, while campaigning; of Pence, while campaigning; and, sadly, of Olympic gold medalist, Michael Phelps by 2016.

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