You may remember the old joke which asks, “What’s the longest word in the dictionary?” “Smiles, because there’s a mile between the two s’s.”
According to an article I read today, smiles go a long way in predicting marriage success. The researchers asked people who were over sixty-five to provide childhood photos of themselves. The results indicated that those who frown in photos were five times more likely to get a divorce than those who smiled.
The researchers stressed that they can’t conclude anything about the cause of the connection, but did speculate about some possibilities. Some had to do with the benefits associated with a generally happier disposition. One suggestion was that the people who smiled were obedient to the photographer, and were also more compliant in marriage.
“Strength and dignity are her clothing, And she smiles at the future.” Proverbs 31:25
Were you a smiling child?
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