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It's National Smile Week

San Antonio, T.X. -- The second week of August is National Smile Week, and research shows a smiling may be linked to a longer life, it may also lead to a happy and long lasting marriage.

Kids do it. As a matter of fact, a study reveals children smile as many as 400 times a day. Adults, however, smile no more than 20 times a day.

In a 2010 Wayne State University research project titled “Smile Intensity in Photographs Predicts Longevity,” researchers examined baseball cards photos of Major League players in 1952. Those who didn't smile in their pictures lived an average of 72.9 years. But those who did smile lived an average of 79.9 years.

A smile may also be be related to a long, happy marriage. A study done at DePauw University in Indiana looked at people's college yearbook photos and rated their smile intensity from 1 to 10. Of those who fell within the bottom 10 percent, almost one in four had a marriage that had ended. But none of those in the top 10 percent had divorced.

“Smiling and having a positive state of mind have a large part to do with keeping a marriage happy and lasting.” said Hellen Chen, whose book ‘the Matchmaker of the Century’ has become the number one marriage book at Barnes and Noble.

So smile, it's good for you and those you care about.

 
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