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Say I Do! Kids Who Smile For the Camera Wed For the Better


Looking for an unreliable way to see if you'll have lasting love . . . or just an endless marriage? Scientists say look no further than childhood photographs.

Always smiling? Good for you! You're three times as likely to have a strong marriage than this poor, probably-now-single girl who doesn't want to be at the Jersey shore. Can you blame her?!

How did researchers come to such a damning conclusion for frowners? They asked almost 650 adults, ages 21 to 87, for pictures from their final year of school. Those with the weakest smiles were three times more likely to be divorced than smilers that beamed their way into the future. A second study, working with pictures of children as young as five, confirmed the findings. Ack!

What's the connection? Possibly, happy people attract others and are more likely to work their way through rough spots in relationships. But, really, what does smiling have to do with happiness? Show me two women who send out picture-perfect holiday cards every year, and I'll show you at least one dysfunctional family.

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