All the smile lines — even the crow's feet — are worth it. Author and Yale psychology professor Marianne LaFrance did research in biology, anthropology and even computer science to learn more about smiles. She wrote a book about it, "Lip Service."
I like this woman because she found out that people with big grins live longer. OK, it's not just because someone goes around grinning until their teeth get dry. They live longer because they have positive feelings and a sense of well-being.
When I asked friends and co-workers what they noticed when they were talking to someone, they said "eyes" and "smiles."
Smiles I can't resist are those that are especially delightful because the skin around the eyes crinkles.
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A facial muscle, the orbicularis oculi, contracts — and it's involuntary! That means you can spot a fake smile because there's no crinkling going on. Aha!
Don't run to the mirror just yet: One more thing.
In her book, LaFrance explains that when one person is happy, the feeling is passed on to two people. Shoot, when I'm happy I want everyone around me happy. But two is a start.
OK, smile. Bigger! I want to see those teeth! Good. Now pass it on.
Coming up — Karg Glass, 111 N. Oliver in Kechi, is having a Jewelry in Glass show starting Thursday with a reception that evening from 6 to 9 p.m.
Jewelry designers Leslie Belcher, Roger Mathews and Corki Weeks are the featured artists.
Many stars and celebrities have been photographed wearing their pieces.
The show will run through November.
Fashion show and more — Johnston's Fall Fashion Event is Oct. 13. Social hour is from 7 to 8 p.m., and the fashion show is from 8 until 9 p.m. Tickets are $50, with all proceeds going to the Children's Miracle Network.
Call 316-682-1000 for more information or to order tickets.
Featured models: Wichita State basketball coach Gregg Marshall and his family.