Helwig on the Three Important Variables for a Smile and What it Means for Gov DeSantis

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In a recent Slate article “Why Does Ron DeSantis’ Smile Make So Many People Want to Jump Off a Cliff?” Nathaniel Helwig states three important variables for a smile to be well received: the width, the angles at the corners of the mouth, and the number of teeth showing. According to Helwig, changing the way a person smiles is possible as the majority of people can do with enough practice and training by learning new muscle memory patterns.




Nathaniel Helwig, associate professor in the Department of Psychology at the University of Minnesota. 

Composed by Madison Stromberg, communications assistant.

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