The Zoomer Report: Smiling and Lifespan

A study in the journal Psychological Science examined a database of professional baseball players and found those who put on a happy face in their official photographs — ended up living longer than those who didn’t smile. Those with broad smiles lived an average of five years longer than players who didn’t smile — reaching an average age of nearly 80. Those with partial smiles lived an average of 73 years.

While psychologists have found increasing evidence that a positive outlook leads to a more stable and happy life, this is the first time they have linked smile intensity with lifespan.

Psychologists say this makes sense but it doesn’t necessarily mean people who don’t smile a lot are facing a shorter life expectancy.

Bottom line, it’s another indication that happiness is good for your health.

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Libby ZnaimerAbout The Zoomer Report
Libby Znaimer, a prominent Canadian journalist specializing in business, politics, and lifestyle issues, is producer and host of The Zoomer Report, a special feature on topics of interest to baby boomers and the 50+. It covers everything from health and wealth to leisure and volunteerism, from the special vantage point of the generation that has changed society in its wake.

Ms. Znaimer is also Vice-President of News and Information for Classical 96.3FM and AM740. Her first book, “In Cancerland – Living Well Is The Best Revenge” – was published in October 2007 by Key Porter.

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