Postive outlook delivers success.

I read somewhere recently that positive people are far more likely to be successful. I wish I could remember the details because it was fascinating. A study was done by looking at the authenticity of the smile in school photo’s – apparently there is a muscle in every persons face that just cannot lie. If you are truly happy this muscle moves – it adds the glint to your eyes. Those who were authentically happy in school photo’s – were far more likely to be successful twenty years on.

I know that ever since I won the ‘jelly bean in a jar guessing game’ at the age of eight at primary school I have thought I was a lucky person. And my luck continues. Therefore when I read this quote sent to me from my friend JC… I rather liked it.

    "Years may wrinkle the skin, but to give up enthusiasm wrinkles the soul."
    Samuel Ullman (1840-1924, Educator, Writer and Poet)

If you know the source of this research of more about it please touch base… Thanks.

This entry was posted in Quotes to inspire

3 Comments

  1. Alice Henderson
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 10:31 am | Permalink

    Thanks, I enjoyed reading your blog.

    Another great luck quote – “I’m a great believer in luck, and I find the harder I work the luckier I get” Thomas Jefferson

    So true.

  2. David
    Posted September 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm | Permalink

    Here is a reference to the study by Dacher Keltner and LeeAnne Harker

    http://www.mindpub.com/art458.htm

    And here is something for fun (Here is the challenge to better 17 out of 20)

    http://www.bbc.co.uk/science/humanbody/mind/surveys/smiles/index.shtml

  3. Gauri Maini
    Posted September 8, 2008 at 2:17 pm | Permalink

    Martin E. P. Seligman writes about optimism and its linkages with success (also with combating terminal diseases) in Learned Optimism. It also has a quick test that you can use to assess your "hope" factor. Optimism and success are definitely linked

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