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Old 05-28-2013, 05:45 AM
 
Location: SGV, CA
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Or is it just a fallback compliment for people without other attractive features? I was at a dorm party earlier this week and we played a game where people commented (anonymously) about each other on various topics. One of the topics was 'What is my best physical feature?' By far the most common response for people with average to below average looks was 'you have a nice smile' although a couple of the good looking people got that answer too. What do you guys think?
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Old 05-28-2013, 05:54 AM
 
Location: San Antonio/Houston
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I guess that's a generic response if there is not much to say about a person appearance.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:28 AM
 
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I think its a weird "game" to play. Its just easier to give a generic response like you have a nice smile or you have nice eyes.
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Old 05-28-2013, 08:42 AM
 
Location: The western periphery of Terra Australis
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Well for me a smile is very important. There are many attractive girls who I would give that compliment to.
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Old 05-28-2013, 09:04 AM
 
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Oh yeah, it is most definitely a compliment. Please take it to heart, walking among so many other people who have let their mouths, teeth and smiles go. Be very proud if you have a nice smile.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:25 AM
 
Location: Texas or Cascais, Portugal
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I actually think if its sincere, its a wonderful compliment. When someone has a really nice smile you kind of light up when you see that person.
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Old 05-28-2013, 11:51 AM
 
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Or is it just a fallback compliment for people without other attractive features? I was at a dorm party earlier this week and we played a game where people commented (anonymously) about each other on various topics. One of the topics was 'What is my best physical feature?' By far the most common response for people with average to below average looks was 'you have a nice smile' although a couple of the good looking people got that answer too. What do you guys think?
When I say it, I mean it as a sincere compliment. A nice smile has the power to draw a person in almost as quick as having nice eyes. These to features can project warmth and approachability. Isn't that what a person who wishes to be attractive needs to have? Complimenting the smile is also a good way to compliment/flirt with a person and be subtle about it.

Look at in this light, how is it a fallback compliment? I've been known to tell a guy who has a totally rockin body that he has a nice smile.
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:04 PM
 
Location: Cape Cod
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That reminds me of a game my mother in law tried to introduce when we were all hanging around one night. Her version was "lets all say something we don't like about each other" Ahh NO . She really likes to stir it up.
At your party, It could be that a smile is one of the first things that people see so they take the easy way out and just say "nice smile"
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Old 05-28-2013, 12:36 PM
 
Location: Oakland, CA
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I don't know, it is a compliment in my eyes. Generally telling someone they have a nice smile is a great way to see more of it. And receiving a smile is generally something positive and appealing that leads to happy feelings. How is this a bad thing again. Doesn't everyone like to feel warm and fuzzy sometimes?
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Old 05-28-2013, 04:58 PM
 
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"You have a nice smile" is a compliment. Also, as compliments go, it is a few notches above "you have great hair."
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