While make-up and awesome clothes can make you feel more confident (a trait that, research suggests, can make you more desirable on its own), these non-physical things can actually make you appear more attractive to others:
â€¨1. Surrounding yourself with friends. People tend to be rated as more attractive when they’re part of a group than when they’re alone, according to findings published in Psychological Science. It’s okay if big groups aren’t your thing â€” just being out and about with your best friend can do the trick.
2. Showcasing your strengths â€” especially the ones that benefit your peers. In a reserach conducted by Kevin Kniffin, postdoctoral research associate at Cornell University and author of three related studies published in a 2003 Evolution and Human Behaviour paper, members of a rowing team ranked each other’s talent and physical attractiveness, and strangers ranked just the teammates’ physical attractiveness. In teammates’ rankings of each other, the most talented were also seen as most attractive, regardless of their actual attractiveness as determined by the strangers. So, Ms. Mathematician, the next time you go to a friend’s massive birthday dinner, calculate how much everyone owes, and watch everyone swoon.
3. Pulling your weight. Whether that means suggesting date ideas or staying in to finish up your part of a group project, doing your share makes you a valuable social partner, which can make you seem very attractive. In fact, in the study noted above, rowers ranked team slackers as less attractive. And in another one of Kniffin’s studies, students in a six-week summer archaeology course ranked each other’s physical attractiveness on the first and last days of class. Students increased their scores for those ranked below average on the first day of class who worked hard throughout the course.
4. Being a night person. Studies show that bar patrons perceive others as more attractive toward the end of the night. Researchers say it’s because you don’t want to go home alone, and you don’t want to take someone home who’s not attractive, so your tastes naturally shift to accommodate the available options.
5. Cracking a joke. Creating humour is indicative of intelligence and creativity. From an evolutionary perspective, these are important traits for survival, and therefore, they make you more attractive to potential mates.
6. Laughing at a joke. Not surprisingly, research suggests that your ability to laugh your heart out makes you more attractive to he who cracked the joke. MYNEWSHUB/Text: Sara Khalid