Study Says Being Generous Can Also Help Someone Look More Attractive

Doing good makes you look and feel good.
by Mylene Mendoza   |  Sep 11, 2020
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You know what they say, beauty is in the eyes of the beholder. It sounds cliche, but there is truth to it. How people perceive someone's physical attributes is subjective. What you might find attractive could be entirely different from someone else's definition--and it's totally not limited to physical features alone.

Research found that those who are perceived as attractive are more likely to be generous. The published work, authored by Sara Konrath and Femida Handy, made use of three different studies and asked two primary questions: “Are individuals who undertake more giving behaviors rated as more physically attractive?” and “Are more physically attractive people more likely to undertake giving behaviors?”

The findings suggest that acts of giving and volunteering were associated with higher ratings for attractiveness. People who were rated “attractive” were also the ones who were more likely to partake in “giving behaviors.”

It’s also worth noting that those who rated participants’ physical attractiveness were not given any details regarding their “giving behaviors.” This means that any impressions regarding their physical attractiveness had no influence on how raters perceived participants’ giving behavior, and vice versa.


"Although we cannot fully explain why the link between giving behaviors and attractiveness exists, we find remarkable consistency across the three studies,” says author Femida Handy.

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According to the authors, the study debunks the popular belief that those who are seen as attractive are vain and self-centered, and shows that our physical attributes aren’t the only indicators of physical attractiveness. Not only does doing good make you feel good, but it can also make you look physically more appealing in the eyes of other people.


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