Where dem haters at? Duchenne Smiles

Where dem haters at? Duchenne Smiles

Something that I love above Covid and the situation that's happened is that 1) people have to wear masks πŸ‘Ί(at least in Canada they do) and 2), as a result, you can easily tell if the person you're interacting with is happy to see you:

Pan Am smiles are the BS smiles people give you when they have to be nice but don't actually like or care about you. They are named after Pan Am flight stewardesses who were SOOOOO excited to see you. Not. You can distinguish them by noticing that they only involve the bottom part of the face (see below, left).


Duchenne smiles are the way to go (see above, right). Duchennes are distinctive because they involve both the bottom AND upper part of the face β€” i.e. notice the crows feet around the eyes. πŸ¦†πŸ‘€

Someone who has a mask on that covers the lower part of their face makes it easy to spot whether or not they are excited and happy to see you. Me for example, you're reading this article that I'm having a lot of fun writing, so I'm very happy to see you! πŸ˜„πŸ’πŸΌβ€β™‚οΈ


So now you have a heuristic that will help you do what Kanye does β€”> throw on those hater shades and block out dem haters! 😎

PS: This is why I always die 🀣looking at LinkedIn. You can immediately spot the people who are having fun vs. people who took the photo just because they had to and it's part of the game they are playing.

Additional Resources:

  • Enchanted by Guy Kawasaki

Written: August 9, 2020