Tuesday, 14 Apr, 2009 Offbeat

Kids with Brightest Smiles More Likely to Have Successful Marriages


Researchers from DePauw University in Indiana, carried out a study to find that kids who have the brightest smiles in family photos are 3 times more likely to live happy in a successful marriage compared to children who frown.

Scientists asked nearly 650 adults for photographs shot during their final year school and estimated the brightness of their smiles. In addition, researchers asked participants, aged between 21 and 87, if they have ever been divorced. Later they matched the answers with the information regarding the brightness of their smiles.

"Smile intensity predicted whether or not participants divorced at some point in their lives. The less intensely participants smiled, the more likely they would be divorced later in life," researchers said.

The results of the study showed that those who had the weakest smile on photographs were three times more likely to go through a divorce, informs the journal Motivation and Emotion. Their conclusion was supported by another experiment, which involved the analysis of photos of children as young as five.

Scientists say that usually those who are happier have more chances to get through hard times in marriages and serious relationships with their future significant other. In addition, they said that children who looked happy in family photos are more likely to marry partners with a similar sunny character.

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