In baseball and in life, a smile goes a long way

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The bigger the smile the longer the life.

That’s the encouraging conclusion of a study reported on last week by Psychological Science magazine.

Researchers took the 1952 Baseball Register and analyzed the photos of 230 professional players, rating them on a 12-point system that basically corresponded to no smile, partial smile and wide smile.

The results: Players with no smiles lived 72.9 years, 75 years for those with moderate smiles and 79.9 for players with wide smiles.

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There is growing evidence that emotional conditions affect our health, well-being and longevity.

The new research suggests that “smile intensity” might be an obvious indication of mental and physical health.

Interestingly, the researchers found that general attractiveness wasn’t a factor. In other words, even an ugly smiler was better off — health-wise — than a handsome non-smiler.

The research failed to answer the most important question, however: whether smilers or frowners had more RBIs.

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