The art of attraction spans far more than the romantic, sexual, or physical. Your charm, personality, and attitude can win people over in business, on dates, and when forming new friendships. In other words, your ability to attract and engage people seeps into every corner of your life—from the superficial to the spiritual. Needless to say, we were curious about the most universally attractive habits and personality traits, just as we were about the most universally unattractive traits. After combing through various psychology studies, here are the three personality traits that are attractive to everyone.
A POSITIVE ATTITUDE
Unsurprisingly, those who project a positive attitude and outlook on life succeed in attracting the people around them. Not only do more optimistic people tend to live longer, but they’re also more professionally successful, mentally and physically healthy, and socially attractive. Similarly, people who practice kindness are also perceived as being more attractive. The best part? You can actually train yourself to be a naturally positive thinker.
While one study actually linked extraversion to physical attractiveness, extroverts simply have “big social networks, a history of good relationships, an inclination to explore opportunities, and dispositional happiness,” writes psychologist Adrian Furnham, Ph.D., for Psychology Today. What’s more, extroverts are also more likely to have more sexual partners, offspring, and general “mating success.” Never underestimate the power of an open heart and a friendly smile.
Topping nearly every list of attractive qualities to look for in a partner, confidence has a way of putting others at ease while elevating your social status. In fact, both men and women rate confidence as a very attractive personality trait in a potential partner, according to a 2002 study out of Arizona State University. Considering that confident people come off as more authentic, self-assured, and socially magnetic, we can’t say we’re surprised.
Which universally attractive traits would you add to this list? Share your thoughts below!