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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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Muirnea Muirnea 8 years
I agree, Msucre: "We gotta be careful not to confuse happiness with marriage and unhappiness with divorce... " Yup, like others have said, there are plenty of very happy single people. This is a pointless stupid study. I never ever smiled at the camera when I was little. I was super SUPER shy. I'm not any more, so what does that mean?
care0531 care0531 8 years
This study is a little odd but.... skigirl you are right. Happy people tend not to dwell on the bad things and stay positive and that is something that draws a lot of people in. I always smiled and was always very lively! That drew my husband of 7 years in and we are happy! My daughter smiles even more then I did! Maybe she will be rich and happy! LOL!
jessie jessie 8 years
wha????
Anniina Anniina 8 years
*Chrstne, my bad
Anniina Anniina 8 years
I agree with Chrstne. skigurl, haha, exactly. Staff, shall not worry, Très is great
skigurl skigurl 8 years
happier people are more desireable than unhappy people let's call a spade a spade and by the way, i know the Sugar employees were probably told to comment more on the new TresSugar posts to get the ball rolling or something but it's not necessary and it's pretty obvious
bastylefilegirl bastylefilegirl 8 years
I'm in serious trouble...97% of my pictures growing up have me scowling and my arms folded ahahahah I was a happy kid, but pictures wasn't my thing :)
Chrstne Chrstne 8 years
People smile in photos without actually being happy. Some people just aren't in the mood for a picture. I smiled, out of obligation, but I wasn't an unhappy child. AND, in all my pics at the Jersey shore, I was smiling out of elation...but at Disney World, I wanted to put a bullet in my head and it showed. Pictures are pictures, not a symbol of who you will be or how you will act in the future.
chatondeneige chatondeneige 8 years
oooh, that poor single girl. How will she survive in this kind of world? :oy: Enough with the pity about being single, Tres. You've existed for mere hours, and I'm already sick of your attitude? This doesn't bode well.
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Ha! If being single makes someone a loser than I guess I own loser town because singledom is almost as cool as faux hawks and purple scarves.
RockAndRepublic RockAndRepublic 8 years
Because apparently being single means you're a loser.
janneth janneth 8 years
Say cheese!!!!
Pets Pets 8 years
... and I just thought I was an attention-loving, constantly camera ready only child. Clearly I need to grin myself over to a husband! (Kidding. I think?)
silversnowflake silversnowflake 8 years
Hmm. I am a behind the camera kind of gal who hams it up for the 'stage'. What does that say about me? The article all together seems... inconclusive...?
margokhal margokhal 8 years
Smiling in childhood photographs doesn't mean anything other than a) it's a photo; or b) you're actually happy. What about people who have had rough childhoods? Or people who have had really rough patches coming out of childhood through adolescence? Most of them still have the potential to have happy marriages. This study is ridiculous and doesn't take a LOT of factors into consideration.
elizabethsosewn elizabethsosewn 8 years
MSucre you make a valid point and while it's not on HERE the original posting of this article on the news page actually addresses that. they mention that there are WAY too many personality bites in a single slice of of behavior.
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Touché, MSucre, touché!
MSucre MSucre 8 years
Uh oh, I think I may have one or two pictures like that. I'm not sure what this study really shows. It seems like there are a lot of other factors at play. Maybe "smilers" are willing to put on a good face and not complain even if they are unhappy as opposed to frowners who make their discontent clear. The smilers could just be sticking around in an unhappy marriage. We gotta be careful not to confuse happiness with marriage and unhappiness with divorce...
MandyWH MandyWH 8 years
Does making horrid faces at my sister in family photos mean ominous things too??
Angelica Angelica 8 years
Oh no! I am in trouble! I am the kid who hid her face.
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