If a guy smiles a lot when you laugh, this post will show you likely reasons why and what would make them more likely.

So, what does it mean when a guy smiles when you laugh? Likely reasons why a guy would smile when you laugh are that he considers you a friend, he is nervous, he is being submissive or that he is attracted to you.

There are a number of possible reasons why a guy will smile when you laugh but there are some things you can consider to help figure out the main cause.

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What does it mean when a guy smiles when you laugh?

Below are likely reasons why a guy will smile when you laugh and what would make each of them more likely.

He is attracted to you

The cause could be that he is attracted to you. This would be more likely if he only smiles when you laugh and he does not do it when other people laugh as well, he tends to look at you when he laughs and if he interacts with you differently than he does with other people.

If he is attracted to you, it would be likely that he would show other signs of it in his body language by doing things such as:

  • Sitting or standing more upright when he notices you
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Finding excuses to touch you
  • Staring at you then smiling or quickly looking away when you notice
  • Standing close to you when talking to you
  • Positioning himself to be near you
  • Having more dilated pupils than normal when with you
  • Getting anxious when you’re talking to other men
  • Looking at your lips when talking to you
  • Making plans based on yours
  • Mirroring your body language
  • Holding prolonged eye contact with you
  • Always aiming his feet at you when you’re in the same area

He considers you a friend

The cause might also be that he considers you a friend. This would be more likely if he tends to also smile when his other friends laugh. It would also be more likely if he seems to behave the same way with his other friends as he does with you.

He is being submissive

Smiling can be a submissive sign and it might be the case that he smiles because he is being submissive. This would be more likely if he only seems to smile at the mouth.

It would also be more likely that he would show other submissive signs such as:

  • Laugh at the mouth
  • Avoid eye contact
  • Avoid large movements
  • Show the palms and neck
  • Have wide looking eyes
  • Talk at a higher pitch
  • Point the feet away from you
  • Make the body appear small
  • Glance towards the exit

He is nervous

Smiling can also be a sign that he is nervous and might be why he smiles when you laugh.

The reason why he gets nervous around you could be that he is attracted to you in which case he would likely show signs of attraction as mentioned above.

Alternatively, he might get nervous around you because he feels like you might judge what he has to say. In this case, in addition to showing some of the signs of nervousness mentioned below, he would likely show distancing behaviors around you.

Alternatively, he might have some social anxiety in which case he would likely behave the same way around other people as well.

If he does get nervous around you then it would be likely that he would do things such as:

  • Rub the eyes, legs, neck, arms or face when around you
  • Blink more frequently
  • Fidget
  • Tap the fingers and feet a lot
  • Talk at a higher pitch
  • Talk with an upwards inflection
  • Not maintain strong eye contact
  • Self-hug

He smiles naturally

It might also be the case that he smiles a lot naturally.

If that is the case, it would be likely that he would do it around other people as well.

It would also be likely that he would show the same body language when he is around you as he does around other people. That is unless he is also attracted to you in which case he would show that he’s attracted to you in his body language.

He is mirroring you

It is also likely that he is sub-consciously mirroring your own behavior.

This would be more likely to be the reason if he hangs out with the same people as you and you tend to smile a lot yourself.

Alternatively, he might do it because he is attracted to you. If that is why he’s mirroring you, it would be likely that he would show other signs of attraction in his body language.

If he is mirroring you, it would be likely that he would mirror you in other ways as well.

Examples could include:

  • Showing the same facial gestures as you
  • Smiling in a similar way to you
  • Mirroring your hand gestures
  • Standing with a similar stance as you
  • Talking at a similar pitch as you

Things to consider

Below are some things to consider to help figure out the main cause.

How he behaves around his other friends

If you notice that he tends to smile a lot around other people and he doesn’t change his body language when he notices you, it would be more likely that he does it due to naturally smiling a lot.

Whereas, if he doesn’t smile around other people a lot and he changes his body language when he notices you then it would be a lot more likely that he is doing it due to one of the other reasons mentioned above. To figure out the exact reason you should consider how his body language changes around you.

How he reacts upon seeing you

It would also help to consider the way that he reacts when he first sees you. If you notice that he changes his body language a lot, it would be more likely that he has particularly strong feelings towards you.

If he tends to sit up straight, hold prolonged eye contact with you, point his feet at you, make adjustments to his clothing or hair, his pupils dilate and he uncrosses his arms and legs when he sees you, it would be likely that he is attracted to you.

Multiple body language signs

When considering what his body language could be showing, it would help to consider multiple signs at the same time. This is because a single body language sign can be unreliable by itself. Whereas, multiple signs that all suggest the same thing can be a lot more reliable.

If you want to learn more about body language, a book I would recommend would be The Definitive Book of Body Language (on Amazon). It shows you how to interpret body language and understand people's true intentions.

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