By Dan Avery For Dailymail.com
Published: 19:42 BST, 2 September 2020 | Updated: 21:57 BST, 2 September 2020
Being generous can make you more attractive, according to a new study.
Participants were shown images of subjects and asked to rate their physical attractiveness.
Without knowing the subjects' background, they routinely labeled people who were generous with their time as more fetching.
Researchers said the results prove that people perceived as good-looking are more likely to give, and those who give are more likely to be perceived as good-looking.
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New research indicates that people who are giving are viewed as more attractive, even by people who don't know about their generous nature
To find their results, a team at Indiana State University analyzed three large studies - one that took a snapshot of older adults' attitudes and two longitudinal studies tracking adolescents, one of which followed its subjects for 54 years.
They asked two research questions: Are individuals who undertake more giving behaviors rated as more physically attractive? And the reverse, are beautiful people more likely to be generous?
To avoid the halo effect - in which attractive people are assumed to be good - the participants had no information on a subject's giving behavior when looking at their image.
The report, published in Nonprofit and Voluntary Sector Quarterly, found that when it comes to older adults, people who volunteered and gave affection had higher attractiveness ratings.
An analysis of three large studies found that older participants ranked subjects who volunteered and who showed affection easily as better looking. Younger participants also scored people with a history of volunteering as more attractive
For younger participants, those who volunteered scored higher.
Co-author Femida Handy, a professor of social policy at the University of Pennsylvania, said all three studies illustrated a consistent link between giving behaviors and attractiveness, 'despite being