April 16, 2009

Smile.

For a longer-lasting marriage.

25 comments:

Peter V. Bella said...

From your smile, you and Meade will do well.

John Althouse Cohen said...

I noticed this buried several paragraphs in:

"While the connection is striking, the researchers stress that they can't conclude anything about the cause of the correlation."

Shouldn't this sentence have obviated the whole article?

Bissage said...

Absolutely amazing! This stunning research has caused me to re-evaluate all I have ever believed about the possibility of free will.

** smiles **

Bissage said...

. . . and . . .

NICE TEETH!!1!!1!!!!!!

The River Otter said...

The "frowners" might just have been cursed with bad photographers. The kind that point you toward the sun all squinty-like.

Pogo said...

Cry, and you cry alone.

traditionalguy said...

The countenance on your face will either encourage people or discourage people whom you meet. Use this wisely. When married people try to control the other spouse by using "disapproval" looks, then that spouse will look for approval, or at least a non-judgemental look, elsewhere. Look how far the amazing Mr Obama has gone on his Smile alone.

rhhardin said...

You want to show your man that you're satisfied with him pretty regularly. A habit of smiling elsewhere might correlate with that pretty heavily.

rhhardin said...

Simile, and the world similes with you.

Metaphor, and you metaphor alone.

HelenParr said...

rhhardin: I never met a four I didn't like.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

"You want to show your man that you're satisfied with him pretty regularly."

RH, who is the "you" of which you speak?

rhhardin said...

@laura, the woman in the relationship.

save_the_rustbelt said...

Some people approach life as optimists and have a cheerful demeanor.

Some are crabby self-centered a**holes.

I married the former, and we rarely pass each other without a smile and a quick fondle.

Well, except when I have done something stupid, and she gives me what-for, generally deserved, for a day or two.

Laura(southernxyl) said...

" rhhardin said...
@laura, the woman in the relationship."

Okay. Because the article is gender-neutral.

Do you want to tell men to smile at their women? Smiling is a two-way street, as is showing appreciation and caring about the other person's feelings.

William said...

If your life does not make sense, you have a feel for the basic absurdity of life. This is not the same as good humour, and your smile is a civilized way of baring your fangs.

Meade said...

HelenParr: When I met a tate... er, I sprouted a big smile.

Just thought YouTubers should know.

ricpic said...

Chinks never smile and they're practically divorce free.

rhhardin said...

@laura, but marriages aren't gender neutral.

It's satisfying her that motivates the guy in the first place.

Where's the James Tate...here The Blue Booby.

HelenParr said...

Meade: Now that you've affianced yourself with the Blogress, you'll never be a common tater again!

YouTuber is where we do mash-ups.

srfwotb said...

@bissage. Hah.

What if you had several shots for graduation and chose the non-smiley one because it was a better pic? I'm just saying...

Another article stated that Japanese people were having breakdowns due to being forced to smile during customer service interactions creating a brittle shell personality - which correlates nicely with trivia that Yoko Ono was taught that smiles were for shopgirls (i.e. those who had to ingratiate themselves due to their lowly social position) and had to get used to smiling more often so Americans wouldn't find her rude.

traditionalguy said...

A wise woman once told me, "I always smile so people will wonder what I've been up to." So keep them guessing out there, all you super-serious types, and give your smiles away to people like you would give any other gift. People who scowl for no reason seem to me to be projecting anger/self-hatred onto me. Then there was Gen. Patton's much practiced "war face" intentionally used to convey hostility mixed with cold blooded murderous intentions towards his enemies.

Beth said...

Cool. C and I both have our 2nd grade school pictures, and in both we're sporting big grins - hers is better, because of the missing tooth. The thing that gets us past any conflicts is our ability to amuse each other, and just be pleased in one another's company.

blake said...

Shouldn't this sentence have obviated the whole article?
And then there'd be a big hole where this article used to be. Can you imagine?

It's bad science, yes. Or rather bad reporting.

But I love a smile.

Dust Bunny Queen said...

@ Beth. That was very sweet and made me smile for both of you.

Beth said...

Thanks, DQB.