Closed-Mouth Smile

We all do it: The closed-mouth smile. The smile that shows no teeth. The insincere smile that acknowledges someone’s presence, but doesn’t convey happiness.

Today as I let a man walk in front of my car, he waved thank you and gave me a smile… A big, toothy smile. It felt so genuine and real and made me smile.

I then started to think about my own smile.

Though I feel like I am a fairly smiley person, I definitely give the closed-mouth smile (or is it more of a smirk?) to many strangers. While I guess this is better than no smile at all, I’m sure it looks less than authentic.

Don’t get me wrong, a big grin can look pretty creepy if you show your teeth to a random person in the store, but when a stranger does something nice for you (like opens the door for you), a genuine smile – with teeth – just may be in order.

Now, show me your smile! 😀

Not feeling too smiley today? Maybe this will help…

"Show Me Yo' Teef!"

She’s so goofy!


Aside from Sadie, who always makes me smile, my breakfast evoked a grin today, too.

When I woke up this morning, I knew a smoothie was going to be my breakfast of choice.

Strawberry Banana Smoothie

Drink Up!

I made a strawberry banana smoothie with extra ice cubes for added chill and texture.

I love it when breakfast totally hits the spot.



As I headed to the gym with Ryan this morning, I spent most of our short walk rubbing my neck. I must have slept on it funny last night because I have quite the crick today!

Rather than do 50 minutes of cardio as I normally do on Thursdays, I opted for 15 minutes on the stair master and a light 10 minute run before heading upstairs to take a yoga class to stretch out my neck and body.

I was a little nervous because I’ve only enjoyed yoga with one specific instructor. Fortunately today’s teacher was wonderful as well. I think the best way to describe her is a breath of fresh air.

She was so smiley (not closed-mouth smiley 🙂 ), and guided the class with such a soothing and uplifting voice.

Gosh, it sounds like I love her a little, huh?

Today’s Plans

I hope the work day flies by because I’m heading to Tampa after work to see Mary Poppins at Carol Morsani Hall in Tampa with my mom and sister.

Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim Chim Cher-ee, Chim Chim Cher-roo!

Question of the Day

What do you think about the closed-mouth smile? Do you think a smile from someone really has the ability to brighten your day?


  1. says

    Smiles DO brighten one’s day, that’s for sure! 🙂
    The worst is when a store clerk, or a bus driver, gives a grumbly look when you say “have a nice day!” when saying by to them… I don’t understand how a person could be so grumpy when someone else is being nice. Doesn’t make sense!

    As for types of smiles, it doesn’t matter if it’s open or closed mouth, “it’s the thought that counts” 😉

    Personally, I’ve never liked how I look with an open-mouthed smile. And I’ve seen some not-so-nice open mouthed smiles on other people too. Too MUCH gum (me 🙁 …Thankfully there is such thing as periodontists! woot!) really sucks, because it makes your teeth look smaller than they should look… Or too much tooth, which makes a donkey-like appearance… In those cases, a closed mouth smile LOOKS prettier…And some people are so judgemental of other’s teeth-situations, and can be rude about it… So it really causes self-confidence issues…

    But either way, smiles are great!


  2. says

    I am a very smiley person! Many times if I’m not smiling people ask me what is wrong. I totally know what you mean about a genuine full tooth/mouth smile. I love yoga – glad you enjoyed the instructor. I haven’t found many bad ones out there.


  3. says

    i love sadie AND your cute bracelet!

    p.s. FYI i read all your fun posts, just rarely comment. had to click out of reader to comment on those two things, though 🙂


  4. says

    I’m a culprit of the closed mouth smile….especially in awkward situations like the elevator. hahaha. a smile w/teeth def. feels more genuine 🙂 i should try it more!


  5. April says

    So weird…I was just smiling the other day without showing teeth and it does NOT look right on me 🙂

    Sadie is so stinkin cute!


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