Thursday, April 16, 2009

The Say "Cheese" Guide To Avoiding Divorce

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(Photo Credit: Matthew Johnson)

Whether you're looking for your soul mate or you think you've already found them, you might want to take a closer look at their photographs before you do the whole marriage thing; because according to a study that has just been published in the journal of Motivation and Emotion, smile intensity in photographs predicts divorce later in life.


Based on social–functional accounts of emotion, we conducted two studies examining whether the degree to which people smiled in photographs predicts the likelihood of divorce. Along with other theorists, we posited that smiling behavior in photographs is potentially indicative of underlying emotional dispositions that have direct and indirect life consequences. In the first study, we examined participants’ positive expressive behavior in college yearbook photos and in Study 2 we examined a variety of participants’ photos from childhood through early adulthood. In both studies, divorce was predicted by the degree to which subjects smiled in their photos.

(Matthew J. Hertenstein et al, DePauw University).

Be Careful Though!

Before you say "I do" to Mr or Ms smiley watch the following video for some alternative Funky Motown psychology - "Don't let the smile fool ya - Take my advice I'm only try' to school ya"

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