Smiling Can Add Years To Your Life

Researchers at Wayne State University have pondered the question of how smiling may be linked to living longer. They studied photos of hundreds of baseball players taken in 1952.

The researchers ranked each player according to whether they had no smile at all, a partial smile, where only the muscles around the mouth were involved, or a full-blown smile that featured a toothy grin, raised cheeks and creases around the eyes.

Of the players who’ve since died, those who were seen smiling the most, lived an average of 80 years – while those who seldom smiled lived to and average of only age 73. The researchers say it’s because being happy reduces stress, which also lowers our risk of heart disease.

PS: Smiles are always in fashion, so dress yourself in a toothy gin.

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