April 19, 2009

News: Childhood smiling reduces divorce rate later in life

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istock_000006934737xsmallU.S. News and World Report ran an interesting article captioned “Childhood Smiles-or Frowns-and the Risk of Divorce” Researchers compared the intensity of smiles from college students’ yearbook photos and childhood photos, and then compared the intensity of the smiles to the divorce rate among the sample. ¬†The top 10% of smilers had a 5.5% divorce rate, while 27% of the worst smilers were divorced. One theory behind the result is that optimistic people fare better in relationships than the eternally grumpy. Should my divorce lawyer peers be asking for a copy of the¬†yearbook photos before drafting a prenuptial agreement?