Why Science Says You Should Bother With Beauty

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Well before social scientists had developed the techniques to systematically evaluate the social and economic effects of beauty, Tolstoy hit on a truth that’s only recently been confirmed. “It is amazing how complete is the delusion that beauty is goodness,” wrote the Russian novelist in 1889. “A handsome woman talks nonsense, you listen and hear not nonsense but cleverness. She says and does horrid things, and you see only charm.” We might like to think we’re judged on our character and intellect, but psychologists and economists know better: People who are conventionally attractive enjoy a whole host of financial and social advantages. The most recent study finds a correlation between attractive real estate agents and high listing prices. Here are a few others to get you scurrying for some beauty advice.

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