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How to be more attractive: 15 rules to increase attraction

Even the most beautiful and successful people have off days, but if you're feeling bad about yourself more than you feel good, you might need a shift in perspective. Despite common thinking, feeling more attractive and desirable may have little to do with your outward appearance. We consulted scientific studies and spoke to relationship and dating experts to find simple lifestyle changes that you can make to appear more attractive both to yourself and others.

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We're not just talking about exercise's effect on your body physically — exercise is a great way to take some time to get out your aggression, have some time for yourself, and release endorphins, a chemical that can improve your mood. A study by the University of Turku found that people who exercised reported an increase in confidence.

Getting some love from others might seem like the easiest way to boost your self image, but actually you might want to practice giving some love first. Talking up good traits about others will help you seem more appealing in their eyes and make you realize the good things about yourself, too.

Researchers at the University of Electronic Science and Technology of China suggested in a study that men who used metaphors to compliment women were found to be more attractive. People put effort into getting ready for a date so take the time to compliment the other person and mean it!

It's no secret that smiling makes you seem warm and inviting to other people, which can help how they see you.

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But it turns out you may even get the same benefits by looking in a mirror and smiling at yourself. Researchers at the University of Cardiff in Wales in studied how facial expressions can affect a person's mood and found evidence that suggests people who smile more can actually feel happier. It's always nice when someone close to you notices or points out a good quality, but you don't have to wait around for that extra boost.

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It may seem silly, but repeating positive affirmations to yourself in the mirror or saying things that you like about yourself will help you validate those traits and value them in yourself. Taking time to actively notice positive qualities about yourself, whether external characteristics or internal skills and qualities, helps them become more salient to you.

When you spend time acknowledging these traits, you can experience them more fully. A study from the University of Illinois published in the "European Journal of Social Psychology" suggested that people who talked to themselves had higher job success and confidence.

Experiments showed that when people talked to themselves — in the same way that they would speak to a friend — it hyped them up. The study also showed that people injected more energy into saying the word "you" when referring to themselves. A study from the National Institutes of Health found that people who dwelled on negative aspects about themselves actually had a higher risk of self-doubt and may have a lower-rate of self-satisfaction. If you find yourself making negative statements about yourself, you need to pay close attention to why.

These types of statements can make you feel worse about yourself and take a toll on your self-image.

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Psychologist Jodi De Luca recommends that people identify what is causing them to make these statements and eliminate the cause if they can. Once you identify the triggers of negative self-talk, you have a better chance of catching yourself, turning negative self-statements into positive ones, and even preventing them.

The weight of a toxic person in your life may be preventing you from feeling your best. A study in "The Journal of Ethics and Education" surveyed people who had a relationship in their life that exhibited traits of "estrangement, change, mistaken friendship, and false friendship. If there are people who are constantly putting you down, being rude to you, or are just bad influences on your self-esteem, do your best to cut those people out of your life or spend lesss time with them. More importantly, prioritize the people who spend their time supporting you and building you up.

This can instantly boost your confidence, De Luca said.

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Laughing and joking can make you more at ease, so if you try and laugh off a small thing that would normally get under your skin, you can take some pressure off of yourself, which can make you see yourself in a positive light. It is important not to let others define you and to just be you. A study by the University of Kansas found that laughing together can increase attraction in couples. In the study, 51 pairs of people who didn't know each other talked; the more times a man tried to be funny and the more times a woman laughed at his jokes, the more likely she was romantically interested in him.

Additionally, the more the pair laughed together, the higher level of attraction they reported. People who had casual sex with a supportive partner were found to show an increase in confidence and self-image, according to a study from the "Journal of Social Psychological and Personality Science. Plus, the pheromones you release during and after sex can automatically draw people to youmaking you more attractive to them too, according to research conducted by San Francisco State University.

Give some compliments.

When you challenge yourself to feel good about yourself, it will show and others will take notice. When you feel odd or awkward people can pick up on that uneasiness which will equate to whether or not you are perceived as attractive. Need some inspiration?

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A study published in the "Journal of Experimental Social Psychology" found that simply recalling a moment when you were confident can increase levels of self-confidence. Having a wardrobe that makes you feel confident is a huge step in driving up how you see yourself, but feeling better about your appearance may be as simple as wearing a different color.

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A study from the University of Rochester suggests that wearing red can automatically make women more attractive to men. They were more likely in the study to ask out a woman wearing a red shirt than one in green.

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One study from the Association of Psychological Science found that sitting up straight can make you feel more confident and powerful. They found that people who strike "power poses" reported elevations in testosterone, decreases in cortisol a chemical found when you experience fearand increased feelings of power.

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So, if you're looking for a mood boost and to view yourself in a more positive light, it might be worth keeping your chin up both physically and mentally. World globe An icon of the world globe, indicating different international options. Get the Insider App. A leading-edge research firm focused on digital transformation.

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1. don’t take yourself too seriously.

Give some compliments. Put a smile on.

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Give yourself a pep talk. Don't self-sabotage. Assess your relationships with others. Have a sense of humor. Have sex.

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Fake it until you make it. Rock some red. Stand up straight and tall.

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