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 Issue 50 Close Knit Meet the weavers keeping traditional Egyptian tapestrymaking alive. Arts & Culture Issue 50 The Old Gays Inside a Californian TikTok “content house” of a very different stripe. Arts & Culture Issue 50 New Roots The Palestinian art and agriculture collective sowing seeds of community. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Angela Trimbur An all-out tour de force. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Peace & Quiet In the UK, a centuries-old Quaker meeting house encourages quiet reflection. Arts & Culture Issue 50 Free Wheelers On the road with London’s Velociposse Cycling Club.