Hi everybody. As I was wondering what new Daily Dose of Happiness I could propose you, I stumbled upon this serie of pictures : a sexy girl met in New York, west broadway, last year. I surprised her and this street style photo shoot was quite fun.
It remembered me many articles I read about the correlation between attractivness and success. As you may have noticed it as well and as Business Insider wrote it : “Attractive people are simply more successful“. Attractive people earn an average of 3 or 4 percent more than people with below-average looks, according to Daniel Hamermesh, professor of economics at the University of Texas at Austin and author of the book “Beauty Pays: Why Attractive People Are More Successful.”
Studies have shown that attractive people are usually hired sooner, get promotions more quickly, and are paid more than their less-attractive coworkers. Beautiful people tend to bring in more money for their companies, and are therefore seen as more valuable employees and harder workers, according to an article in Psychology Today by Dario Maestripieri, a professor of comparative human development, evolutionary biology, and neurobiology at the University of Chicago. A door-to-door insurance salesman is better able to sell to customers who find him attractive, says Maestripieri, because the customers will be more likely to buy if they think it will increase their chances to have sex with him. Maestripieri calls this principle “the pleasure of dealing with good-looking people.” “Good-looking people are more appealing as potential sex partners,” Maestripieri says, “and [so] other people choose to interact with them, to spend time near them, talk with them, buy insurance from them, and hire them as employees.”
Hamermesh, however, believes that it’s not just the sex appeal that makes attractive people more successful. He writes that attractive people tend to have desirable personality traits, like higher self-confidence—likely a direct result of their good looks—that appeal to employers.
Even with the bias against the less fortunate-looking, Hamermesh says there are still ways to succeed despite one’s looks. “First, don’t go into an occupation where looks matter a lot,” he says in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “Don’t be a TV broadcaster; be a radio broadcaster. Don’t be a movie actor. Most important, go into fields that you enjoy, and that you have an advantage in doing. Accentuate your strengths, and try to avoid those things where you are relatively disadvantaged.”