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.
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.