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20 Scientifically Proven Ways to Be Attractive

By Jake Beardslee · April 23, 2024


Maintaining good personal hygiene and grooming habits significantly contributes to your attractiveness. This includes regular haircuts, maintaining facial hair, and ensuring clothes are clean and well-fitted. Psychologists suggest that such self-care signals your health and genetic quality, both important for mate selection. In essence, taking care of your appearance can reflect your overall fitness and capability as a partner​ according to Reader's Digest.  Supply/Unsplash

Facial Hair

For men, facial hair can be a significant factor in attractiveness, but preferences vary widely. Stubble is generally considered attractive, striking a balance between a clean-shaven and a heavily bearded look, suggesting both maturity and masculinity. However, the key is to keep it well-groomed and intentional, not scruffy.  Sander Sammy/Unsplash

Good Posture

Posture is a non-verbal cue that communicates a lot about your confidence and health. Standing straight with shoulders back makes you appear taller, slimmer, and more confident, all of which are attractive traits. Good posture is not only beneficial for your appearance but also for your physical health, as it supports proper muscle and joint function.  Joyce Hankins/Unsplash

Regular Exercise

Physical fitness is universally attractive. Regular exercise not only improves your physical appearance by sculpting the body but also emits signals of health, stamina, and vitality. Focusing on the upper body can enhance perceived strength, which is often associated with attractiveness in men, while aerobic exercises that promote cardiovascular health can improve skin health and vibrancy.  Gabin Vallet/Unsplash

Dress to Impress

What you wear significantly impacts first impressions. Wearing clothes that fit well and colors that complement you can make a big difference. For instance, the color red has been found to increase attraction; it is seen as powerful and passionate.  freestocks/Unsplash

Healthy Eating

A healthy diet rich in fruits, vegetables, and lean proteins can greatly affect how you look and feel. Nutrient-rich foods improve skin health, reduce aging signs, and increase vitality, all of which enhance physical attractiveness. Additionally, a healthy diet can boost your mood and energy levels.  engin akyurt/Unsplash

Voice Modulation

The pitch and tone of your voice can influence how attractive you are perceived. For women, a higher pitch might be perceived as more feminine, while for men, a deeper voice may be seen as more authoritative and trustworthy. Voice modulation can be particularly effective in romantic or professional settings where first impressions are crucial​.  Edward Howell/Unsplash

Smile Appropriately

While smiling can make you seem more approachable and attractive, the key is to smile genuinely and contextually—overdoing it may have the opposite effect​.  Surface/Unsplash


Being seen in a group can enhance your attractiveness due to the "cheerleader effect," where people are perceived as more attractive in a group.  Toa Heftiba/Unsplash

Engage in Laughter

Laughter is not only a sign of happiness but also of attractiveness. Being able to share a joke and engage in light-hearted conversation makes you more approachable and appealing. Studies have shown that a good sense of humor is a highly sought-after trait in potential partners, as it indicates intelligence and sociability.  Omar Lopez/Unsplash

Adopt a Pet

Owning a pet, especially a dog, can increase your attractiveness. Pets are often seen as a sign of responsibility and caring, qualities that are attractive in a long-term partner. Moreover, walking a dog provides an excellent opportunity for social interactions, which can further enhance your appeal.  Pauline Loroy/Unsplash

Cultivate a Unique Scent

The scent is a powerful sense linked to memory and emotion. Wearing a unique perfume or cologne can make you stand out and be more memorable. However, it's important to choose fragrances that aren't overpowering as they should enhance your presence, not dominate it.   deanna alys/Unsplash

Show Confidence

Confidence is arguably one of the most attractive traits. It suggests that you are secure in yourself and your abilities, which is a key leader-like quality that draws people in. Developing confidence involves not only how you view yourself but also how you interact with others, often improving with self-awareness and practice.  bruce mars/Unsplash

Be Kind

Acts of kindness can significantly boost your attractiveness. People are naturally drawn to those who show compassion and empathy. Observing someone in an act of kindness can elevate their attractiveness, as it signals good moral character.  Ditto Bowo/Unsplash

Maintain Eye Contact

Eye contact can communicate honesty and confidence, making you appear more sincere and attractive. It shows that you are engaged and interested in the conversation, which can be very appealing. However, balance is key, as too much eye contact can be perceived as intimidating​.  Alexandru Zdrobău/Unsplash

Use Body Language Effectively

Body language speaks volumes about your confidence and openness. Open, expansive body postures can make you appear more dominant and attractive, while closed, protective postures can do the opposite.  Shamin Haky/Unsplash

Engage in Creative Activities

Engaging in or appreciating creative activities like music, art, or literature can make you more interesting and attractive. Creativity is often associated with intelligence and the ability to solve problems, qualities that are attractive in a potential partner.  Blaz Photo/Unsplash

Build Your Vocabulary

A rich vocabulary can make you appear more intelligent and articulate, which are highly attractive traits. Being able to express yourself clearly and effectively can make a significant positive impact in both personal and professional interactions. Studies suggest that people who are more articulate are often perceived as more knowledgeable and confident.  Thought Catalog/Unsplash

Practice Mindfulness

Mindfulness not only reduces stress but can also increase your appeal by improving how you relate to others. Being present in the moment shows that you value your time with someone, which can make you more attractive.  Patrick Schneider/Unsplash