Saturday, March 6, 2010

For A Long Life, Smile Like You Mean It

Duchenne or not Duchenne? (Image: Archive Holdings Inc./Getty)

From The New Scientist:

If you want to live to a grand old age, then smile – and make sure you mean it. Pro baseball players in the 1950s who genuinely beamed in their official photographs tended to outlive more sullen-looking sportsmen and those who put on fake smiles.

Players from the US major league with honest grins lived an average of seven years longer than players who didn't smile for the camera and five years longer than players who smiled unconvincingly, conclude Ernest Abel and Michael Kruger at Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan.

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