\" \" The relationship between goats and people is an ancient one, and one study shows that goats actually prefer human beings who smile at them. Our relationship with goats is ancient, so it would stand to reason that they would have gotten to know us pretty well by now. According to a 2016 study, when faced with a difficult puzzle, goats will look to the nearest human for help. And a study published Aug. 29, 2018, in Royal Society Open Science finds that goats like it when we smile at them. So next time you meet a goat, smile!