Say cheese!

Smile and the world smiles with you…and those of us with the brightest smiles as little children apparently have an extra advantage: lower divorce rates.

According to scientists from DePauw University in Indiana, smiling is good for more than the soul. Children’s smiles actually helped predict which ones would experience a broken marriage later in life.

Matt Hertenstein, lead author of the study, says that what happens to us early in our lives has a great impact on our future happiness. (Hasn’t Parents as Teachers been saying this for 25 years?) He postulates that perhaps happy people attract happy people which leads to a greater likelihood of a succesful marriage. No one really knows for sure, but hey—it’s easy to smile!