Do Good Looks Equate to Success?

By Tara West

We've all suspected for quite some time now that beautiful people enjoy a better level of success than the average looking person. This belief has lead to a country that spends countless hours and many billions of dollars attempting to reach the highest standards of beauty. Until recently, the burining question still remained unanswered. Did making an investment in that expensive wrinkle remover really help in increasing your degree of success and contentment?

Courtesy of a study by the University of Texas, we no longer need to speculate as to whether this is correct. According to this report; good looking people not only enjoy more success professionally, but in other areas of their life as well.

In a study that assessed the happiness levels reported by more than 10,000 subjects, researchers concluded the subjects which were seen as being more attractive reported an average of 10% higher happiness levels than those that were seen as being average looking. The percentage increased even more when compared to those subjects who were perceived as being unattractive.

In addition to the reported increase in happiness levels, attractive folk also have more highly paid jobs, more attractive spouses, and more active social lives. The query that analysts are now looking to answer is, does a universal standard of beauty actually exist? There are plenty of folks who contend that the results of previous studies are biased because, what's attractive to one individual is not always attractive to another.

While researchers argue to figure out the science behind this phenomenon, there's one thing that consistently remains correct. If you feel good about the way you look, you are much more likely to work harder and be happier. So in the end, I guess it does not matter what studies have to say on the matter. If purchasing that hundred dollar wrinkle cream or getting Botox injections every six months helps you feel better about yourself, then by all means go for it.

Maybe it isn't the perception of others that leads to additional success. Perhaps it is our own perception of ourselves that is to blame for our position in society , be it bad or good. One thing is beyond doubt, a little positive self confidence has certainly never hurt any person. So don't be afraid to take some time everyday to remember how beautiful you really are, both inside and on the outside.

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