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Do you frequently find yourself in situations where you don’t want to smile but feel compelled to?

Do you struggle to make disingenuous smiles appear genuine?

If you answered yes to one or both of these questions: this is the guide for you. Inside you’ll find the help you need to start faking smiles today!

Think about the times when you smile but you don’t really want to. When it requires a particular effort. A stranger on the bus tries to engage you in a conversation about the weather. A joke lands poorly during a best man’s speech. Someone shows you a picture of their baby and it looks like an undercooked potato.

A Brief Guide to False Smiles provides you with the knowledge you need to master smiling convincingly against your will.

This basic how-to focuses on 3 main areas:

• The mind: what thoughts to think.

• The eyes: don’t look like a fool.

• The smile: how big is too big?


If you have to put up with someone you encounter regularly for the sake of civility:

Summon a reasonable amount of tolerance and patience.

Briefly ignore any hostility you may have towards the person.

Temporarily disregard historical or ongoing grudges you may bear towards them.


Do not blink.

Aim to keep your eyes open as much as possible.

Resist* the urge to roll your eyes.

*Although a brief eye roll combined with a smile can sometimes be used as a sign of acknowledgement, it is best to exercise caution with this depending on the situation.


Timing is paramount. Smiles that are too brisk or even too prolonged can appear disingenuous.

Try not to pinch your mouth shut as if you are attempting to stifle a violent sneeze.

Draw up the corners of your mouth but not so much that it looks like you have been caught by a pair of errant fish hooks.