I read a headline the other day that caught my eye – no pun intended: “Smile! Crows feet make you look clever and more attractive.” The words jumped off of the monitor and stopped me in my tracks. Since when did wrinkles become a thing of beauty? I thought there was a war on wrinkles. Weren’t we all supposed to be peeling, filling, botoxing, lifting them into oblivion? I read on.
According to a research study conducted by the University of Louvain in Belgium, “when crow’s feet were present the smile was judged to be more authentic, intense, spontaneous and to convey more amusement. The people in the photographs were also thought to be more intelligent and more attractive when the skin around their eyes was wrinkled, and to be slightly more dominant,” the Journal of Nonverbal Behavior reports.
Yes! I could not agree more and my hunch is that many of you feel the same. Are we out numbered? Probably but I’ll settle for intelligence and attractiveness over artificial alterations any day.
Now, if only someone would come up with such a stellar explanation for drooping eyelids!