Monday, February 21, 2005

Smiley People

Do Americans have phony smiles? Apparently, we smile in ways that are easier to fake than the standard technique in Britain, and this may be a difference that makes a difference. The article concludes:
“Happy smiley people cheer others up around them, which in turn makes them more stable and less prone to depression or divorce than those who faked it in their yearbooks.”
The researchers, however, do not explain how much ressentiment was created by the presence of these smiley overlords.


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