It has been defined not with proportions, but rather with similarity between the left and right sides of the face Thus, the Greeks were only partially correct. Babies spend more time staring at pictures of symmetric individuals than they do at photos of asymmetric ones.
This type of happiness can lose its punch, and it rarely lasts longer than a few hours at a time.Our closest friends flanked the concrete steps of our church as we made our way to the waiting car adorned with the obligatory "Just Married" sign. After seven years of dating — through most of high school and all of college — we were a married couple. After a romantic honeymoon on the Oregon coast, we moved to Los Angeles for graduate school. We'd occasionally splurge on a couple of burritos at the corner taco stand. And the reason, we suspect, is that they don't work at it — or more likely, they don't know make us happy.A tiny apartment, little more than a single room, became our new home. The problem is that marriage will not make us as intensely happy — or for as long — as we believe it should. The answer is found in understanding just what happiness is. Both result in feelings of satisfaction, but each has a different shelf life: "Feel-good happiness" is the momentary sensation of pleasure.Moreover, when several faces are averaged to create a composite -- thus covering up the asymmetries that any one individual may have -- a panel of judges deemed the composite more attractive than the individual pictures. Victor Johnston of New Mexico State University, for example, utilizes a program called Face Prints, which shows viewers facial images of variable attractiveness.