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Why do models look so miserable?

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I noticed it’s fashion week or suchlike and all the newspapers have loads of photos of models.scan0221scan0222

These are all from different fashion houses but they all look the same: miserable, po-faced, bored. 

What’s the matter with them, they’re getting paid a lot?

If they don’t look like they’re enjoying the clothes they’re wearing why would anyone want to buy them. 

They might as well just put the clothes on mannequins. Like these.cropped-cnv000181.jpg

Can you tell the difference?

Photos from Sunday Times and Times

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Being miserable might be in your genes

sitting_on_curb_holding_sign_12927Brits, Americans and the French are born to be miserable according to UK research.

People from Britain and America have apparently have a short-form version of a gene that regulates levels of serotonin, the chemical linked to happiness and French people have the shortest of all. No wonder we think of the French as Les Miserables!

The Danes however, who often top the league of happy countries, and the Netherlands have the lowest proportion of people with the short-form version. This means that Americans with ancestors from Denmark would also be happier.

Professor Andrew Oswald’s team at Warwick University looked at 131 different countries. Genetics turned out to be one of the most important factors in determining happiness.

Happiness league tables often take into account job satisfaction, health, wealth, education and political stability. Have a look at the OECD Happiness Index and decide for yourself.