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What Does It Mean When A Guy Smiles At You?


Oh yes. We are all quite familiar with the butterflies in our stomach that we endure when a super cute guy flashes us his pearly whites. It’s a beautiful feeling. However, sometimes we are not always sure what the reasoning for the smile is and that’s where things get a little confusing.

We often find ourselves thinking things such as, ‘Why is he smiling? Do I have spinach in my teeth from lunch? Is there toilet paper on my shoe? Did I do something funny?

Usually when a guy takes time to smile at you it’s for a decent reason. However, if he’s smirking, that’s a whole different story. To identify why a guy is giving you a grin you must think of the situation that you are in at the time.

What are you two doing? Do you know one another?

It doesn’t matter whether you know one another or not, it’s usually a pretty good sign if he sends a smile your way.

But you probably want specifics, right? Duh! That’s why you came here.

So, read below to find out 4 different reasons he’s smiled at you!

Reason #1.) He thinks you are beautiful.

Men tend to have a fairly difficult time being subtle when they see a pretty girl. From catcalling to pick up lines, there is always something that gives away the fact they are attracted to someone. One of these telltale signs is a simple smile. A smile is a more gentle way of initiating a bond between you and him. Body language is everything when it comes to letting someone know you desire them. He may just not be into being super obnoxious about it and thinks a smile will suffice.

Reason #2.) He is flirting with you.

Of course, we just mentioned that he is telling you that he thinks you are attractive in reason number one, but this is different. If you ran into him on the street and he smiles at you, he is signalling you to tell you that he thinks you are good looking. However, if the two of you are already acquainted, at least a little bit anyways, he will smile at you as a method of flirting. If he has a great smile, he may know it, and use it to his advantage.

How do you know whether he is flirting or just being nice? Be on the lookout to see if he does any other flirt tactics. These may include prolonged eye contact, subtle touching, playing with his hair and/or hugging. You can definitely determine the smile was flirtatious if he does one or more of those as well.

Reason #3.) He is being polite.

People in general tend to smile as a way of just being nice. A smile could have no meaning behind it, but it is a little hard for us to know that. We aren’t telepathic after all; reading minds isn’t possible. So how are you supposed to know if a guy is smiling because he likes you or if he is smiling because he’s just being polite to you? Easy. It will be a quick smile. There will not be much eye contact with the smile, if any at all. He will not get close to you while he does it. This type of smile more often than not comes from someone that you do not know so well. Strangers smile at strangers all the time.

Think back to when the smiling occurred.

Was he doing something to you as a favor and you were thanking him?

Did he open a door for you or warn you about something?

A smile tends to come shortly after someone thanks you for doing something for them.

Reason #4.) He is trying to cheer you up.

When someone is having a bad day, we kind of want to offer them something that might cheer them up a little bit. This could be a gift, a small hug, advice or even something as quaint as a smile. When you smile at someone it makes them feel a little more optimistic.

Does the guy in question know you pretty well? Does he know that you were in a bad mood or having a bad day? If so, he may be trying to cheer you up. This is not often the reasoning behind a smile from someone who is a stranger to you. However, it is commonly the reason for a smile given to you by a friend that you know. Or at least an acquaintance of some sort.

When you are trying to decide what his smile meant, think about whether or not he was smiling at anyone else besides you. If he is, his smile to you may mean nothing. Maybe he is just a truly nice guy and likes to flash those teeth at everyone!


  1. Okay so I have this friend in my sinior year and today when I passeed hik in the hallway he smiled at ne so what does that mean.

    • It is possible that he is interested in developing a relationship with you. He likely has decided that he may want to nourish your relationship. His wink may been a manifestation of his thoughts. Speak with him about your feelings. Have a great day, Jasmeet!

  2. I found this article very helpful, however I’m very confused about what happened at school this past week..
    On Tuesday, my principal comes out of his office and I was waiting for the bathroom. (It was just me and him in the hallway at the time) he stared at me and held a smile between 5 to 7 seconds..
    I’m just confused because he usually does not smile and I’m wondering if he actually meant to smile at me.

    • It is possible that he felt as though it would be appropriate to smile. He may not smile in public. He may have been attempting to be polite. Allow thoughts of him to fade. Continue to share your kindness and compassion. Ensure that you always feel safe and respected. Have a great day, Blake!

    • It is possible that your best friend is interested in developing a relationship with you. This person is your best friend, so it makes sense that he would share his kindness and compassion with you. He likely smiles at you because he enjoys your company. Determine what you want for your future. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Unknown!

  3. Meet this guy in my workplace coming down the elevator he semi-smiled at first. After that I kept running into him he would never smile infact he had a stern look all time no eye contact. Recently we still run into each other he smiles now every time he sees me and even holds the door he notices when I’m around not sure what this means ?

    • His behaviors have changed over time. This may be a reflection of his feelings for you. He seems to be interested in sharing his kindness with you. It is possible that he is interested in maintaining a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Speak with him about your thoughts and feelings, and give him an opportunity to share himself with you as well. Have a great day, Cassy!

      • Understand however we do not know each other and he never says anything but smiles now and be kind when he pass by and sees me not sure if I should say something I’m more on the shy end as well lol ??

        • It sounds like you should make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. Since the two of you do not know each other, you may want to introduce yourself. This will give each of you the opportunity to get to know each other better. If you never introduce yourself, then this relationship will not have the chance to flourish. Have a great day, Cassy!

      • This statement is an indication that he is attracted to you. It is possible that he is simply being friendly. He may be interested in maintaining a relationship with you. Make a decision about what you want for your future and take appropriate action. Have a great day, Selena!

    • Thank you for sharing your thoughts and feelings. Please share more of your positive comments in the future. Have a great day, Cassy!

  4. Okay so there is this guy at a store I go to all the time and every time I go he smiles at me and waves awkwardly he is really cute but I just don’t know if he is being polite or he likes me and if he does how do I approach him he seems shy and I am also what should I do?

    • It is possible that he is being polite, and it is possible that he is interested in nourishing a relationship with you. He may be behaving in a professional manner or he may be attempting to gain your attention. Make a decision about what you want for the future of this relationship. If you want to nourish a friendship or romantic relationship with him, then speak with him about your thoughts and feelings. Have a great day, Alejandra!


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