Last Updated on January 1, 2021
Sometimes, it can be hard to look at ourselves in the mirror and realize that we are so much more than our messy hair, that birthmark we dislike, or that annoying pimple that doesn’t want to go away. It is easier to point out all of your flaws and feel bad about them than trying to learn how to love yourself despite those tiny imperfections. By now, you have probably done your research on psychological tricks to get someone to like you. But if you seriously give it a thought, isn’t it more important that you learn to like yourself? Well, according to science, there are a couple strategies you can try that will help you feel more confident in your looks and become more attractive both to yourself and other people.
Feeling attractive goes beyond the way you look. Most of the time, it’s more of a state of mind than any other thing. But we don’t want to keep you waiting, so here are 10 scientific ways to be more attractive!
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10. Don’t be too hard on yourself
The number one rule on how to look more attractive is quite simple: don’t tear yourself down. It’s already hard enough that we live in a society that has standardized beauty patterns to a point where it’s impossible to keep up with them. Don’t put that burden on yourself. Everyone can be beautiful in their own unique way. So instead of facing your reflection and making a mental list of all the things you dislike about yourself, do the opposite. Think about all the things you do like about yourself and keep your focus on the positive—practice self-love above anything else.
9. Go for a ride on a roller coaster
This may sound like a joke, but the Archives of Sexual Behavior has published a study claiming that one of the ways to look more attractive on a first date is to… ride a roller coaster. Maybe because you will be perceived as adventurous and spontaneous? We are not the scientists, so we don’t really know how this works, but apparently, it does, and it also sounds fun, so why not give it a try?
8. Go for a run
A great way to improve your self-esteem is through physical exercise. The Eastern Ontario Research Institute’s Children’s Hospital has published the results of a study on teenagers. While half of the sample engaged in video gaming sessions for 10 weeks, the other half exercised. And this comes as no surprise: those exposed to exercise reported experiencing a boost in self-confidence compared to their counterparts. Working out can do wonders for your self-esteem, not just because it will allow you to improve your image but also make you feel committed to yourself and your well-being. Is there anything sexier than a person who takes care of themselves?
7. Don’t hold back on the flirting
Flirting doesn’t need to be super explicit – something as simple as being confident enough to establish eye contact or smile can make quite a difference in how attractive you feel and look. Plus, flirting can be a way to exude confidence, and feeling confident in yourself can be quite attractive to the people around you.
6. Drink your coffee
A study published in Food Components to Enhance Performance says that drinking coffee can also have an impact on how confident you feel. Besides providing you a boost of energy and making you feel more alert, 100 milligrams of caffeine is just enough to make you feel good about yourself. Who would know, right?
5. Choose your fragrance
Humans are sensory beings – we look, we touch, we taste, and we smell. And all of our senses are capable of triggering strong emotions, so our perfume choice can have quite an effect on how confident we feel. When choosing a scent that goes with you, opt for a fragrance that you associate with happiness and good memories. After all, your perfume can work as an extension of your personality and how you choose to present yourself to others.
4. Red is the baldest color
Because red has been associated with seduction, wearing this color can provide an immediate boost in self-confidence, especially for women. While a study from the University of Rochester has proven that women were perceived as more attractive when wearing red clothing, another study conducted by the Manchester University observed that red lipstick can grab people’s attention for an average of 7.3 seconds. So, ladies, if you want everyone’s heads to turn as you walk down the street, you know what color to choose.
3. Strike a pose
You can use body language to look more attractive, according to researchers at Harvard Business School. If you want to get somebody’s attention, your pose can make the difference. Holding your head up and keeping your arms out are just a couple things you can do to exude confidence and power. When walking into a room, do it like you own it. Look up, walk straight, and go for it!
2. Learn to take a compliment
Are you the type of person who can’t take a compliment without tearing yourself down? Someone says they like your sweater, and you proceed to let them know how cheap it was. Someone says your hair looks great, and you start going on about your split ends. We get it, you enjoy self-sabotaging. Our advice? Cut it out. If someone gives you a compliment, don’t argue with them – just accept it.
1. Get yourself a puppy
Apparently, your furry best friend can be the best pickup line there is. A study had men walk around asking for phone numbers. Some of the men were walking their dogs while others were alone. The men who were walking their dogs were proven to be three times more likely to succeed when compared with those who had no dog. Specialists say that this might occur because men with pets are often perceived as nurturing and more capable of committing. Plus, walking around with a dog makes you look more loving and approaching, and people will want to stop to pet your puppy.