Some people claim that being single is beautiful and fun. One can do whatever he or she pleases, with no commitments or promises to tie you down. More love can be given to the self; you do what you want and not what others want. You can have fun and just live your life. No need to go easy on the alcohol, or to update anyone with your every move. Single life rocks! And this makes you proud.
Still, it is funny how you secretly squeal and smile while watching those movies or soaps with romantic scenes and feel a little sorry for yourself that there is no one you can kiss under the rain. Those cheesy chick flick movies actually make you wish that there is true love. Well to find it, you have to believe it exists. Then you have to find the one. Just anyone won’t do. I don’t think it’s entirely fair that others say that being too picky is the reason why you still don’t have a boyfriend or girlfriend. There are just some people you will and will not get attracted to.
What makes a person attractive? Every person has his or her personal “taste” or preference. Physically, I like guys who have nice hands, are taller than me, tanned, and physically fit. I don’t like weaklings who can’t even help themselves. Hopefully he is good in at least one sport. And he wouldn’t have bad breath or body odor.
Come on. Who wants to hug someone who actually smells bad? And I like it when people (unintentionally) get to smell my hair and tell me it smells nice (I have been using the same conditioner ever since :P)
We like it when people smell good; it is pleasing to the senses. There is a reason why there are numerous brands of deodorants and anti-perspirants in the market. Yes, humans have their natural odor just like the other animals. It helps the male track the female and check whether the latter is already fertile. But in humans, those natural scents can be rather repulsive. A study conducted by Craig Roberts, Little, Lyndon, Roberts, Havlicek and Wright (2009) showed that one’s scent or odor can influence self-perceived attractiveness and self-confidence as well as other’s ratings of attractiveness. In their experiment, students from Liverpool University were asked to answer questionnaires measuring their self-perceived attractiveness and self-confidence before using a deodorant, 15 minutes after using it, and 48 hours after the application. The students were divided into two, with the first group using a deodorant that had the active ingredients for the fragrance and antimicrobial properties while the others group a deodorant without the said substances. Results showed that there was already a significant effect in self-confidence after 15 minutes for both designs, while self-perceived attractiveness only had a significant effect after 48 hours. The males were also rated by female participants through their pictures and video clips. Males in the group with the active ingredients were rated as more attractive than those in the other group, but there was no significant difference in their confidence rating.
The participants in the group with the active ingredients felt better about them and carried themselves with more confidence. This trait is important for me in making oneself attractive. I don’t like guys who are timid and with low self-esteem. Guys suddenly become good looking in my eyes if they walk with confidence.
“Ang ganda ng tindig nya e!”
This confidence can come from different factors, and odor is one of them. How we look at ourselves can affect how others see us in turn. This is why we should not take good hygiene for granted. It can help us in many ways, like making a good impression, getting a job, and even meeting your one and only!
Roberts, S., Little, A. C., Lyndon, A. A., Roberts, J. J., Havlicek, J. J., & Wright, R. L. (2009). Manipulation of body odour alters men’s self-confidence and judgements of their visual attractiveness by women. International Journal of Cosmetic Science, 31(1), 47-54. doi:10.1111/j.1468-2494.2008.00477.x