The appeal of the little dimple is simple. After all, it’s also known as a gelasin, derived from the Greek word meaning “to laugh.” As early as the first century, Latin poet Martial extolled its magnetic nature by deeming those without “the gelasin joyous” to have a “face less gracious.” Shakespeare exalts “pretty dimpled boys, like smiling Cupids” in Antony and Cleopatra, and in China they are still believed to be a sign of good luck. Most attribute the age-old allure of the dimple to its representation of youth, approachability and innocence. Almost all babies sport them in their chubby cheeks, and since we’re hardwired to find newborn faces adorable, dimples elicit an almost Pavlovian tug. This story is from Kinfolk Issue Thirty-six Buy Now Related Stories Arts & Culture City Guide The Standard, High Line Setting a high standard in the Lower West Side. Arts & Culture Food Issue 46 At Work With: Deb Perelman The little blog that could: An interview with Smitten Kitchen’s unflappable founder. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Word: Wintering When to withdraw from the world. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Brock Colyar An interview with a professional partygoer. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Studio Visit: Yoko Kubrick In the studio with a sculptor of monuments and mythologies. Arts & Culture Issue 46 Community Inc. Can a brand be friends with its fans?