Say Cheese? Childhood Snaps & Adult DivorceS

Scientists allege it's possible to predict whose marriages will fail by looking at "smile intensity" in childhood photographs.

According to Live Science, researchers asked 650 adults for pictures taken during their final year of school and rated the brightness of their smiles. The men and women were between 21 and 87, meaning some of the photos were 70 years old. The volunteers were then asked if they had ever been divorced. Those with the "weakest" smiled were more than three times as likely to have been through a divorce. A second experiment used pictures taken when people were as young as five and confirmed the findings.

"Maybe smiling represents a positive disposition towards life," said study leader Matthew Hertenstein, a psychologist at DePauw University in Indiana. "Or maybe smiling people attract other happier people, and the combination may lead to a greater likelihood of a long-lasting marriage. We don't really know for sure what's causing it."

What do you think the cause could be? Once a pessimist, always a pessimist? Is happiness contagious? Do some people just smile through the pain? And if you did this experiment on yourself (or your parents), what would the results be?


Smiles Predict Marriage Success
[Live Science]
Related: Childhood Photos Could Hold The Secret To Your Marriage [Daily Mail]