A Photographer Asked Strangers to Smile to Show the Power of a Grin

Adults smile around 20 times a day, whereas children smile up to 400 times a day. A smile can be powerful, it can boost your mood, you may live longer, and you can have better relationships. Jay Weinstein is an Australian-born wanderer, and in 2015, he began traveling full-time. Over the course of his adventures, he witnessed a man transform right in front of his eyes as he said, “Smile!” just before taking a photograph, and it marked the beginning of his project, soiaskedthemtosmile.

We at Bright Side are smiling right now, and Jay’s project is the reason why — it’s an ode to people everywhere who all speak the same language: smiling.

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“He was playing with his family one morning, as the warm sun rose in Vrindavan, Uttar Pradesh, India...so I asked him to smile.”

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“She was walking around the massive Brahma Sarovar Lake with a friend, the perfect end to a hot summer’s day in Kurukshetra, Haryana, India...so I asked her to smile.”

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“He was waiting for the traffic light to turn green one evening, as I walked across a busy traffic intersection in Koramangala, Bengaluru, Karnataka...so I asked him to smile.”

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“He was watching as I photographed a group of kids one morning, while nearby villagers watched and laughed in Kakhsar, Gujarat, India...so I asked him to smile.”

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“He was leaving the quiet square outside the Sri Krishna Matha temple in Udupi, as I wandered amongst peaceful pilgrims one morning in Karnataka, India...so I asked him to smile.”

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“He was painting a house as I wandered narrow lanes in the friendly and ancient village of Yavat one evening in rural Uttar Pradesh, India...so I asked him to smile.”

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“He was standing one morning, outside the open door to a home in an old Hutong neighborhood near The Forbidden City in Beijing, China...so I asked him to smile.”

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“He was offering his respects with hundreds of other locals, as the vibrant Jagannath Ratha Yatra procession passed by on the humid streets of Mayapur, West Bengal, India...so I asked him to smile.”

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“He was walking down a colonnade of covered shops, restaurants, and cafes one afternoon, as I felt right at home wandering the streets around ’Little India’ in Singapore...so I asked him to smile.”

Which one of these humans tugged at your heart strings? How many times a day do you smile? Name one person that can bring a smile to your face anywhere, anytime!

Preview photo credit soiaskedthemtosmile / Instagram
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