Did you know reading fiction makes you more attractive? We waste hours and hours doing unhealthy things that aren’t fun. Why not do something enjoyable and relaxing that also makes you more attractive?
6 Reasons Reading Will Make You More Attractive:
1. Reading fiction helps you sleep better. Creating a “sleep ritual” and disengaging before bed is one of the most effective things you can do to improve sleep. Timothy Ferris, best-selling author and podcast host (among other things), writes, “Do not read non-fiction prior to bed, which encourages projection into the future and preoccupation/planning. Read fiction that engages the imagination and demands present-state attention.” And…sleeping better makes you more attractive. A study published in the Journal Sleep “confirmed that sleep-deprived people are perceived as more fatigued, less attractive, sadder and less healthy than when they are rested…” So, follow me: reading helps you sleep better. Sleeping better makes you more attractive.
2. Reading reduces stress. A study by Mindlab International at the University of Sussex demonstrated that reading for a mere 6 minutes slowed the heart rate and eased tension in muscles by 68%. This was more effective than listening to music, drinking a cup of tea or taking a walk. And guess what? Stress makes you UGLY. Studies have shown that the stress hormone cortisol affects how healthy we look, and that both men and women are considered more attractive when they have lower stress levels.
…the faces of men and women who had high levels of cortisol in their saliva were rated as less attractive and healthy than those with lower levels of cortisol.
Behavioral Ecologist Fhionna Moore
3. Reading fiction makes you more empathetic. “When we read about other people, we can imagine ourselves into their position and we can imagine what it’s like being that person…That enables us to better understand people, better cooperate with them.” (Keith Oatley, cognitive scientist, University of Toronto) It’s argued, therefore, that reading fiction actually makes you a better person. And guess what? Empathy is sexy. Several studies by Birnbaum and Reis suggest that “…feeling cared about and understood by a listener” might have an impact on a subject’s desire for that person. Katie McCombs, sex and relationship expert, agrees:
When empathy is nurtured, mutual understanding is also nurtured. And being understood is super sexy.
4. Reading fiction makes you more open-minded. “…exposure to fictional short stories, as compared with exposure to nonfictional essays” reduced need for cognitive closure. (Creativity Research Journal, 2013) That is, reading fiction increases one’s ability to be ok with open endings. So does this make you more attractive? I’ve no scientific evidence to support this, but I personally find open-mindedness attractive. And maybe more than that, I find close-mindedness extremely unattractive.
5. Reading fiction gives you a better vocabulary and language skills. A study in 2013 by Emory University concluded that reading fiction not only increased vocabulary but actually continued to affect personality for the remainder of one’s life. According to Hortense Smith of jezebel.com and Psychology Today, women may more easily fall for men with a more impressive vocabulary. Interestingly, even songbirds find a larger vocabulary more attractive: Professor Erich Jarvis has studied the “vocabulary” of songbirds. Turns out the more complex the syntax of the songbird – “the more words and phrases in the song”, the more attractive that bird is to the opposite sex. (But be careful, men. Evidence suggests that women are very good at seeing through a guy trying to use words he doesn’t understand!)
6. Reading makes you happier. A study by Alasdair Gleed, research director at DJD Research, concluded that “People who read books are significantly more likely to be happy and content with their life.” And while studies have been mixed, happy people are usually considered more attractive. Happiness often suggests confidence, good health and passion.
So we all strive to be happier, more rested, open-minded and empathetic; we all try to increase our longevity and improve our mental health; we all try to escape the stress of every-day life. Turns out there’s an easy answer that will help accomplish all these goals, take little time and EVEN make you more attractive: read fiction. Teach your kids to enjoy it by learning to enjoy it yourself.