Smiling Yearbook Photo = Happy Future Marriage?

I recently posted an article I found about how yearbook photos predict overall happiness in life. You can read that blog entry here.

In it, the author references a scientific study that he couldn’t find on the internet. Well, I think I found it. It’s actually a study of how smiling in their yearbook photo as a child correlated to success in their marriage as an adult. Here’s an exerpt:

“If you want to know whether your marriage will survive, look at your spouse’s yearbook photos.

Psychologists have found that how much people smile in old photographs can predict their later success in marriage.

In one test, the researchers looked at people’s college yearbook photos, and rated their smile intensity from 1 to 10. None of the people who fell within the top 10 percent of smile strength had divorced, while within the bottom 10 percent of smilers, almost one in four had had a marriage that ended, the researchers say. (Scoring was based on the stretch in two muscles: one that pulls up on the mouth, and one that creates wrinkles around the eyes.) …”

You can read the complete article written by Clara Moskowitz on

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