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Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 14th 2009, 11:26 PM

Children with the brightest smiles in family photographs are more than three times likely to have a successful marriage than those who frown, according to research.

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According to scientists, even photos taken of family outings when the child is as young as five can show a glimpse of the future.
The researchers asked almost 650 adults for pictures taken during their final year school and rate the brightness of their smiles.
The scientists, from DePauw University in Indiana, also asked the volunteers, between 21 and 87, whether they had ever been divorced, and subsequently matched their answers with the data on their smiles.
"Smile intensity predicted whether or not participants divorced at some point in their lives," the researchers said, adding: "The less intensely participants smiled, the more likely they would be divorced later in life."
It found that those with the weakest smiles were more than three times as likely to have been through a divorce, according to the journal Motivation and Emotion.
A second experiment, which included pictures taken of people as young as five, backed up the conclusion.
The researchers believe that those who are generally happier are therefore more likely to try to work through difficulties in relationships and marriages.
They also believe that those who are happy types may marry companions who reflect their own sunny disposition.
http://www.telegraph.co.uk/news/news...marriages.html

i've heard before that happy people are more successful so mehh, sounds about rightt. maybe i should start smiling more


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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 15th 2009, 01:07 AM

I smile all the time and most of the time it is for no reason. Maybe it will cause something good.


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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 15th 2009, 02:10 AM

I certainly wouldn't mind marrying a woman who smiles too much. =)


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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 15th 2009, 03:41 AM

*Looks towards Casey and smiles*

That's a cool thing to see though.



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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 02:11 PM

I can hear parents telling their kids "smile big and bright or you'll never marry"

But that's interesting


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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 02:18 PM

Hmm, I don't like smiling in my pictures but I did used to smile a lot when I was younger.


   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 02:39 PM

See I have a more intense smile than my friend, but that's just because she's really worried about people checking out her braces... haha
But she's the most lovely person EVERRR... still... when she was a kid she had a seriously intense smile?

*thinks about this for several minutes*

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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 02:43 PM

I'm going to die alone and bitter after 5 million divorces according to this I think.

I generally can't smile in photos, I start thinking about it and then I have to force it and it just looks scary.
   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 02:53 PM

I'm head deep in the shit (and for once I'm not talking about Birmingham City football club )
not only do I smile but I use every trick in the book to avoid photos in general
   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 04:26 PM

Oh yay!! I smile like 80% of the time. Bigly.
   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 11:02 PM

Wow. Science is becoming a big joke more and more recently. I always got forced to smile on photos...sometimes I felt like it, others not so.

I guess the basics of it are pretty obvious. Of course people who smile, (genuinely) a lot, are considered to be happy and content and therefore more likely to have that confidence and attitude to attract a partner.

But the fact that this is called 'Science' just makes me laugh. Shame we don't get GCSE tests about 'smiling...' maybe i should talk to my biology teacher... *ponders*


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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 11:07 PM

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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 16th 2009, 11:09 PM

It would be interesting to know, if this is the children smiling just every day or just in the photo.Because my cousin who is three, is the happiest little girl you will ever meet, and so she should be, but she hates photos with a passion, so never smiles for them. So thats quiet contradictory, to see which way this research would swing in cases such as this and those similar.
   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 17th 2009, 04:58 AM

Wow thats intersting.
I have a friend that has a smile like the onces you see in the toothpaste commercials, and he is far from having a good marriage he is alway breaking up with his girlfriends...
   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 17th 2009, 05:03 AM

I guess it's a good thing that I smiled in all of my kiddie pictures, huh?


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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 17th 2009, 05:11 AM

Hmmm, could be true. But only generally, certainly there are always exceptions. I think I'm somewhat happy but I rarely smile unless I'm laughing about something or having a fun time. I feel happy, but am sometimes smiling even when I am


   
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Re: Children with brightest smiles have successful marriages - April 17th 2009, 05:19 AM

I'm smiling so big I look like a full out idiot in all my younger pictures now that I see...



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