25 Captivating Facts About Human Attraction and Natural Beauty

Do looks really matter in life? Do good-looking people have an advantage in everyday life and society? These are two questions that many people are afraid to answer honestly, even though deep inside most of us know the answer: Looks do matter. Our appearance is in many ways our main market value when it comes to human attraction and relationships and despite sounding like a cliché, good looks will in most cases open doors that would otherwise remain closed. In a few cases, good looks could become a disadvantage, but these exceptions just reinforce the rule.

In a highly superficial and competitive society that worships and values good looks as pointed to in film and TV, the fashion industry, and numerous beauty pageants where beauty is pretty much the only criterion to advancement, being attractive is definitely a gift from nature. But you might be wondering: How have so many average-looking people made it to the top in their fields, when in some of these areas looks are particularly important? Well, hopefully the list of 25 Captivating Facts About Human Attraction and Natural Beauty below will help you see that looks might be of value but aren’t everything.

 

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Researchers have discovered that women prefer masculine-looking men when they are ovulating, but at other times they seek men with softer features because they consider them kinder in terms of social behavior.

muscles with childSource: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, http://www.apa.org/monitor/2011/03/hormones.aspx, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Machismo#/media/File:Tattoo_withchild.jpg
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To the ancient Hebrews and Christians, physical beauty was a reward from God and ugliness was a punishment. In fact, physical attraction is mentioned a number of times in the Bible. For example, in 2 Samuel 14:25, it says, “Now in all Israel there was no one who was praised as much as Absalom for his good looks.”

ancient-hebrewSource: A Journey Through the Old Testament, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Hebrew_language#/media/File:Aleppo_Codex_Joshua_1_1.jpg

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Believe it or not, but becoming attractive has become a profitable industry in most of the West, with $200 billion spent annually globally. This “industry” includes weight-loss programs, cosmetics, skin and hair care, perfumes and cosmetic surgery, among other products.

cosmetics-counterSource: trade.gov, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cosmetics#/media/File:Life_Pharmacy_Westfield_Albany_cosmetics_2013.jpg
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Women are usually more attracted to older men than they are to younger ones. Researchers explain that this is because men are capable of fathering children for nearly their entire adult lives, and older men typically have more resources.

Sean ConnerySource: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, Image: Wikipedia

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In most cultures, males find younger females more attractive than older ones, mainly because women are able to reproduce for only a limited time.

harrison_ford_and_calista_flockhart_at_the_2009_deauville_american_film_festival-04Source: Looks: Why They Matter More Than You Ever Imagined, Image: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Calista_Flockhart#/media/File:Harrison_Ford_and_Calista_Flockhart_at_the_2009_Deauville_American_Film_Festival-04.jpg

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