Is smiling a sign of interest

By M.Farouk Radwan, MSc.

Smiling alone isn't enough

Reading the people you deal with everyday is extremely important. Sometimes i get emails from readers who have problems figuring out the intentions of the people they deal with on daily basis. Many of those readers assume that smiling is a direct sign of interest and then they act accordingly when they see those smiles.

When i talked about the signs of attraction earlier i said that smiling is not a stand-alone sign. This means that you can't really tell whether someone is interested or not by just watching for their smiles.

Yes smiling can show a certain level of interest but without taking many other signs into consideration you might end up with incorrect readings. This is why in my book How to know if someone likes you in 30 minutes i said that you need to find at least 4-5 signs before that you can assume that something is going on.

The significance of smiling

Now that you know that smiling alone can't indicate direct interest here are some tips that can help you know what weight to put to a smile.

  • 1) Smiles of interest last longer: If a person is interested in you then their smiles will last longer. Those smiles won't fade away quickly and might remain there for few seconds
  • 2) Smiles of interest happen for no reason: You don't have to say something funny or interesting for a person who is interested in you to smile. If someone is interested in you then they might smile for no absolute reason. This happens because the smiling person will be happy that you are around. See also How can you tell if someone likes you by their eyes.
  • 3) Smiles of interest are frequent: If a person is interested in you then probably they are going to smile more often.
  • 4) Smiling when you talk indicate interest: If a person smiles when you talk to them then this can indicate the presence of interest. See Body language love signals

Keep this in mind

You have to be aware of the fact that people smile for various different reasons. Some people smile because they are polite, others do it because they are shy while some others do it because they are friendly people.

This is why you can't assume that any person who smiles at you has interest in you. If smiling happened in the way described above then you can assume that there is a certain level of interest but without the presence of other signs it might be very hard to rule something out.

In my article about the body language of interest i said that there is a popular cluster of signs that usually happens together when someone is interested in you.

If the person leaned forward in their chair, tilted their head slightly while listening to you and smiled at you then there is a serious possibility that they are interested in you.

The ultimate rule you should follow to know who is interested in you is to realize that the more signs you find the higher the possibility of interest will be.

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