Happy (Almost) Valentine’s Day!
Ah Valentine’s Day…the most divisive of all holidays.
For some, it is the happiest and most romantic day of the year. For others, it is a day that brings anxiety and stress.
Whichever side you are on, the ImageLift® team and I wanted to give you some Valentine’s Day advice.
Unsure of what to get your loved one?
Need help combating v-day sadness?
We are here to help!
Did you know that smiling can improve any relationship? It’s true! Research shows that this simple facial act can increase the likelihood of staying married and decrease the likelihood of divorce.
It is also proven that people with a more positive expression are more likely to have a higher level of general well being.
A research study out at U.C. Berkeley examined smiles of 141 female alumni in old yearbook photos from 50 years ago. (Many of these women are now in their early 70’s, ) The yearbook photos were taken at the age of 20 or 21, and these women were later contacted at ages 27, 43, and 52, where demographic and personality information was gathered on a wide range of personal, family, and work topics.
To be as objective as possible when examining the faces in yearbook photos, two coders independently created scores for the pictures. They found that out of 114 pictures chosen, 3 did not smile. Of the remaining 111, 50 were considered to be “Duchenne smiles” aka “genuine smile.”
The overall results showed that women that demonstrated a “positive emotional expression,” or a more genuine smile in their yearbook photo, were much more likely to be married and have a higher level of general well-being.
Isn’t it truly profound to realize that our facial expression indicates a trend that can forecast future performance and successes?
Another study out of Depauw University looked at how smile intensity predicts divorce later in life. Researchers looked at a variety of home photos from 306 college alumni who majored in psychology and 349 non-psychology alumni.
Sure enough, the less intensely the smiles were in their family photos, the higher the rate of divorce.
So next time you take a picture, you better SMILE!! Your life, happiness, and marriage depend on it! And, if you are dating someone that might be the keeper you’ve been looking for, or are in a long-term relationship, aren’t you curious as to whether your partner was smiling in their yearbook or home pictures?!?
Whatever the mechanism is, if smiling has been shown to improve well-being, increase the likelihood of staying married, decrease the likelihood of divorce, and increase longevity, then I think we have found something worth doing!
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