News: Childhood smiling reduces divorce rate later in life

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istock_000006934737xsmallU.S. News and World Report ran an interesting article captioned “Childhood Smiles-or Frowns-and the Risk of Divorce” Researchers compared the intensity of smiles from college students’ yearbook photos and childhood photos, and then compared the intensity of the smiles to the divorce rate among the sample. ¬†The top 10% of smilers had a 5.5% divorce rate, while 27% of the worst smilers were divorced. One theory behind the result is that optimistic people fare better in relationships than the eternally grumpy. Should my divorce lawyer peers be asking for a copy of the¬†yearbook photos before drafting a prenuptial agreement?

About Sean Stephens

By Sean Stephens Google + Sean Stephens is divorce and family law lawyer, and a founding member of Stephens & Margolin LLP He was born in Eugene, Oregon and is a fourth generation Oregonian. Sean Stephens attended the University of Oregon, and graduated in with a Bachelor of Science in Psychology, with a minor in English Literature. His psychology studies emphasized early childhood development. You can find more about Sean Stephens at Stephens & Margolin LLP Follow him
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