March 10, 2011 / News

Smiling for the yearbook might just pay off later

Written by Evan Blackwell, CJE

According to this recent article from the Orange County Register, researchers at UC-Berkeley studied more than 100 yearbook photos of women from Mills College in the 1950s.

They coded the images based on how animated their smiles were in the photos, then followed up with the women and interviewed them.

The findings showed that the women who showed the most genuine smiles were most likely to have had a happy life – a long-term marriage and a better sense of well being.

Seems easy enough. Test this theory out the next time you pose for a yearbook photo!

One Response to “Smiling for the yearbook might just pay off later”

August 07, 2017 at 10:40 am, The power of a smile - livingbeyond40 said:

[…] Gutman opens the video by speaking about two studies.  In the first, he described a 30 year longitudinal study at UC Berkeley where they examined photos of women from old yearbooks.  The study found that the women who showed […]


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Evan Blackwell, CJE

Evan Blackwell, CJE, is a Marketing Automation Specialist for Walsworth. He's been a writer, editor and web content specialist for Walsworth Yearbooks for the past 15+ years, and is the author of the Yearbook Suite's "The Art of the Interview" unit. Prior to joining Walsworth, Blackwell spent five years as an award-winning newspaper and magazine journalist. He holds a bachelor’s degree in journalism from the University of Kansas.