Monday, July 27, 2009

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Wednesday, July 15, 2009

What your yearbook photo and smile says about your marriage...

Smiles May Predict Marriage Success!!!

Study finds those who frowned in yearbook photos were five times more likely to eventually divorce.
If you want to know whether your marriage will survive, look at your spouse's yearbook photos.
Psychologists have found that how much people smile in old photographs can predict their later success in marriage.
In one test, the researchers looked at people's college yearbook photos, and rated their smile intensity on a scale from 1 to 10. None of the people who fell within the top 10 percent of smile strength had divorced, while within the bottom 10 percent of smilers, almost one in four had had a marriage that ended, the researchers say. (Scoring was based on the stretch in two muscles: one that pulls up on the mouth, and one that creates wrinkles around the eyes.)
In a second trial, the research team asked people over age 65 to provide photos from their childhood (the average age in the pictures was 10 years old). The researchers scored each person's smile, and found that only 11 percent of the biggest smilers had been divorced, while 31 percent of the frowners had experienced a broken marriage.
Overall, the results indicate that people who frown in photos are five times more likely to get a divorce than people who smile.
While the connection is striking, the researchers stress that they can't conclude anything about the cause of the correlation.
"Maybe smiling represents a positive disposition towards life," said study leader Matthew Hertenstein, Ph.D., a psychologist at DePauw University in Indiana. "Or maybe smiling people attract other happier people, and the combination may lead to a greater likelihood of a long-lasting marriage. We don't really know for sure what's causing it."
Hertenstein said he has considered other explanations, such as the possibility that people who smile more often tend to attract more friends, and a larger support network makes it easier to keep a marriage healthy. Or it could be that people who smile when a photographer tells them to are more likely to have obedient personalities, which could make marriage easier.
The results of the study fit into a larger pattern of research that has found many personality characteristics can be determined from very thin slices of behavior. Basically, we often reveal ourselves in the most subtle, simple ways.
And smiling in photographs has been shown to be correlated with a number of traits, including a generally happier disposition.
"I think [our results] go along with a lot of the literature that’s been coming out over the last five to 10 years, which shows that positive emotionality is incredibly important in our lives," Hertenstein told LiveScience. "There are many, many beneficial outcomes to a positive disposition."

The findings are also notable because they found a connection between photos taken when people were young and marriage outcomes that sometimes occurred much later.
"It feeds into this idea that what's occurring earlier in our lives in terms of our present situation and our mental state can predict things that occur decades later," Hertenstein said. "Showing the continuity in who we are is really important."

Interesting Right? Keep Smiling Everyone!

XoXo, Jackie

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Baby's 1st Birthday! A Summer Candy Buffet July 11, 2009

Hi everyone!
So my latest Candy Buffet was just created today for a fantastic new client of mine. I met Misty who was referred by her best friend Aimee. If you read through my blog you can connect the dots. I recently created a beautiful Candy Buffet for Aimee's parents Anniversary & Birthday Surprise Party and Misty attended. She saw the Candy Buffet and really thought it would be a cute idea for her Baby Shane's 1st Birthday party. So here I am now telling you all about Shane's Custom Candy Birthday Buffet! I should be relaxing after such a long day but I want to get this post up and share my latest creation with you.
Misty's party was held in her beautiful home in San Clemente, Ca, the theme revolved around the number 1 after all, Baby Shane was turning 1 yrs old and this is a huge birthday as all mommies know! The colors were Lime Green ( very hot this year), blue, brown & polka dots. The cake was a giant number 1 that matched the invitations. Misty and I discussed her Candy Vision and we decided on matching colors and Polka Dots. She chose Blue Take-out boxes with custom stickers made. Her guests seemed to really enjoy themselves and instead of making a ton of goodie bags herself, Misty let her guests pick their favorite treats and create their own goodie boxes to-go! If you think about it, Your Candy Buffet doubles as dessert & goodies or favors for your guests. It saves you a ton of time & energy and is very cost effective. I'm so lucky to have such fantastic clients, they always make me feel so special with their compliments and praise. I think we all need a little validation sometimes, I know when-ever I'm working, designing or creating, it makes me feel great when someone stops to tell me how much they Love the candy buffet or are in awe of our latest creation.Once the party was over, I headed back over to Misty's home to pack up, clean up, make sure everyone was happy. (Of course, everyone was happy, it's a party! The little kiddies were all on sugar over-load too...) I am happy to share another successful event and Custom Candy Buffet Bar with all of you. I know it's just candy I'm talking about here but it's so nice to get to be a part of so many people's lives and special events. I take so much pride in what I do and feel blessed at how well things are going for this little company of ours. Happy SummerEveryone

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