A 22-year-old female asked:
can smiling actually help you live longer?
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Dr. Mohammed Younus answered
30 years experience Psychiatry
May be: Happy people in general live longer, which includes smiling and having a positive attitude.
Answered on Feb 16, 2013
Dr. Robert Stewart answered
43 years experience Clinical Psychology
The How of Happiness: Book reported 180 women entering the school sisters of notre dame as nuns in 1932 wrote autobiographical sketches. The amount of positive feeling expressed in the narratives predicted longevity. 90% of the most cheerful were alive at age 85 versus 34% of the least cheerful. Similarly, 54% of the most cheerful quarter were alive at age 94, as opposed to 11% of the least cheerful.
Answered on Jun 12, 2015
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