Listening to a science podcast last night I was buoyed by the suggestion that people who smile regularly live longer than those who don’t. The evidence is flimsy, but of hundreds of people photographed 30 years ago, those who wore a smile are still alive today while those who didn’t aren’t.
As buoyed as I was – due to having a permanent smile pasted across my face – I must confess that the claim soon washed straight off of me once I delved into the practicalities of it. My neighbour, for example, does not know how to smile yet he must be pushing 80. Then again, maybe he used to smile before I took up residence next door.
An ex-boss shouldn’t have made it past her teens; the lady who serves me coffee every morning should drop dead any moment now; and our local newsreader should hope that he doesn’t expire between 6:30 and 7:00 on weekdays. I think he’s a strong candidate though.
Joe Hockey could be well advised to take out a funeral plan and Bronwyn Bishop looks like she’s about to collect on hers.
But old Murdoch himself is a great example that the theory is flawed. What a sour, miserable old face he carries with him each day. The lack of smile pleases me; is it evidence that he really is a sour, miserable old man?
I’m certain Gina won’t be smiling today. From the Canberra Times comes the story that:
The ACT is at risk of losing its standing as the jurisdiction with Australia’s biggest pay packets, thanks to the mining boom.
Australian Bureau of Statistics figures published yesterday showed West Australian average weekly earnings are now less than $26 short of the ACT’s nation-leading $1479.60.
That equates to a $76,939.20 annual salary in the nation’s capital, but the 0.6 per cent increase in the February quarter was short of the 1 per cent average, and even further behind West Australia’s 3.2 per cent increase.
She must be beside herself with anger. All those high wages are eating into her profits and this is an outrage. It is no wonder she’s trying to run away from the taxman. These figures also put paid to the claims that the industry is on the edge of ruin.
That’ll wipe the smile off her face.
And hopefully put one on yours.