Want to Be Considered Good Looking? Be Nice
If being considered good looking is important to you. It’s easier than you think.
Picture it. You’re waiting at the gate to board your plane. A pencil thin brunette with glaring eyes and a nasty disposition screams at the desk attendant because she’s got to make this plane. You hate her before you even see her snarling grimace.
Now picture that same pencil thin brunette smiling from ear to ear with big eyes and a sweet disposition. Who is the general public more likely to consider attractive?
New research published in Personality and Individual Differences found that a nice personality is one of the most important factors when deciding whether someone is good looking. Researchers in China analyzed 120 students divided into three groups. Each group was asked to rate female faces on attractiveness. The results were the same in all three groups.
A few weeks later the three groups were once again asked to rate the female faces. This time one group was given positive personality traits to describe the female faces. Another group was given negative personality traits to describe the faces. And the third group got no clues at all in terms of personality.
The results showed that the students who were described as nice people the second time around got much higher attractiveness marks. They were considered all around good looking.
According to the study:
We find that “what is good is beautiful,” with personality reflecting desired traits as facial attractiveness. This phenomenon can also be called the “halo effect.” We can thus presume that personality traits may contribute to judging facial attractiveness and that the personality traits desired in a person are reflected in facial preference.
A positive personality tends to also be correlated with wanting to be someone’s friend or romantic partner. It’s all the more reason to be nice, always.
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