When was the last time you shared your big, powerful, authentic smile with someone? I hope you'll say today!
Smiling is a simple but powerful expression. It's a universally recognized gesture that fires up positive vibes in the person smiling and in the people who see it.
What's more, it's an expression of happiness, transcending language barriers.
Why do you think Mona Lisa become one of the most famous paintings of all time? Possibly because of her unique smile!
Jay Weinstein, an inspiring photographer, captured the impact of smiles on a diverse group of people.
He found that just a simple smile changed everything — not only the mood but also the photos he took.
His pictures also show that a smile is unique to every individual.
They also reveal that sometimes it's hard to know how beautiful or handsome someone is until they smile.
Alongside every image, Jay shared a story behind the 'priceless smiles.'
"He was wandering home one evening with his friend — along stone wall-lined lanes that cut through the lush fields of Hundar, in the starkly stunning Nubra Valley of Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India — so I asked him to smile."
"She was playing with her mom on a dirt lane off the main road as I explored the vibrant and colorful shops and homes on the outskirts of Nairobi, Kenya... so I asked her to smile."
"She was playing outside her home in Kakhsar village, Gujarat, India... so I asked her to smile."
"She was walking with her friends one evening as I photographed a donkey enclosure in the beautiful and isolated plateau village of Turtuk, Ladakh, India… so I asked her to smile."
"He was hunched over the remains of a fire and an empty pot of tea as I approached his house one afternoon in Muthatari, near Embu, in the Eastern Province of Kenya... so I asked him to smile."
"She was playing on the streets with her friends one evening as I wandered around the old town of Leh, in Ladakh, Jammu & Kashmir, India... so I asked her to smile."
"He was waiting in line at 7 AM outside a post office… in Jojowar, Rajasthan, India, so I asked him to smile."
"He was playing with his brothers in the family compound."
"He had just returned from school and discarding his uniform one humid afternoon in Nirdoi — a sleepy village on the banks of the river Ganges, in West Bengal, India — so I asked him to smile."
"He was playing with friends and family one afternoon in the web of narrow lanes that make up the old part of the ancient city of Varanasi, Uttar Pradesh, India... so I asked him to smile."
"She was exploring the stunningly restored, 1300-year-old Kaiyuan temple complex one evening in Quanzhou, Fujian, China... so I asked her to smile."