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Why does smiling matter? Marriage, life satisfaction, life longevity and more

Happy life, happy marriage – 

In the famous yearbook study, researches tracked the lives of women who had the best smiles in yearbook photos compared to the rest. Women who smiled the most lived happier lives, happier marriages and had fewer setbacks. Here is a sample of the women from the observed yearbook. I let you guess who was successful and who wasn’t:


A bit of detail about this famous study –

These researchers analysed 114 pictures from the 1958 and 1960 yearbooks of a women’s university. Their smiles varied – some showed a wide smile: a genuine, full-faced expression of happiness. Others did not, smiling with only their mouths.

As it turns out, the wideness of their yearbook smiles predicted who had a satisfying marriage. Young women who expressed happiness in yearbook photos, and presumably in other venues of their lives, as middle-aged women had better marriages.

Conservatively closed-lipped:



Showing teeth, but not too much:



And open-mouthed laughter:



Live longer –

A 2010 Wayne State University research project looked into pre-1950s baseball cards of Major League players. The researchers found that the span of a player’s smile could actually predict the span of his life. Players who didn’t smile in their pictureslived an average of only 72.9 years, where players with beaming smiles lived an average of almost 80 years. In other words – the people who smiled the widest turned out to live 7 years longer than those who didn’t.


Can A Simple Smile Be This Powerful?

Of course, the above only shows a correlation, and not a causation. And yet, we can’t help but agree that smiling breeds trust, makes you happier and helps you to live longer.

A simple smile can be that powerful and more. It’s such a simple concept, we don’t really consider it as powerful as it is.

Smile throughout your day – Try it out for a few days and see what happens.

  • Smiling will help you think more creative and freely.
  • Smiling will give you more energy to put into your challenges.
  • Smiling will increase your enjoyment of each task where prior you may have hated everything.
  • Smiling will attract more people around you to help and support you.
  • Smiling will give you great fulfillment for your day.


Just splay a smile on your face, even if you’re facing tough challenges. Who knows, you’ll probably find you solve them faster and with a lot better results.

Do you have any smiling stories?


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