UC Berkeley did a 30-year study measuring the smile in old yearbook photographs. From the results the researchers were able to predict: how fulfilling and long lasting marriages would be, how highly they would score on well-being tests, overall happiness, and how inspiring they would be to others. The widest grins consistently ranked highest in all of the above.
A second study,2010 Wayne State University research project examined old Major League baseball cards from 1952. The results indicated that the span of a player’s grin in their photo could actually predict the span of a player’s life. Those with a straight face lived an average of only 72.9 years, while players with wide beaming smiles lived an average of 79.9 years.
Research tells us that smiling stimulates our brain’s reward mechanisms in ways that eating chocolate cannot match.
We also know that:
- Smiling makes you look good and feel good
- It makes you feel and appear more confident
- When others see you smile, they too will do it.
- When others smile, they look good and feel good, too
- It is is a certain short cut to relationships
Here’s to you starting your week off smiling!
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