Yearbook smile linked to divorce rate

April 16, 2009 1:12:28 PM PDT
It turns out a smile can say a lot about you and your future. At least, that's according to the findings from a DePauw University professor. Dr. Matt Hertenstein, a professor of psychology, is finding himself in the international spotlight.

He is being recognized by publications and media outlets from around the world for his unique research project.

The professor and a team of researchers, including DePauw students, studied what a smile can say about someone's likelihood of getting a divorce or staying married.

The study, published in the journal Motivation and Emotion, found that people with bigger smiles in their college yearbook pictures have lower divorce rates as compared to people who didn't have big smiles.

Also, those who frown in childhood photos are five times more likely to get a divorce.

The research also looked at the importance of touch and a person's disposition.


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