What makes you attractive to others

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Smells - Not only are we attracted to other people’s smells on an individual basis, but some people’s smells are more attractive than others in general, too.

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Hormones - Women smell better to men when they have high estrogen and low progesterone levels (indicating high fertility).

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Health - If people are healthy, they will generally smell better too.

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Importance of kissing - In general though, humans don’t have the strongest sense of smell, so kissing means a lot from a psychological point of view. 

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Immune systems - We are attracted to people who have different immune responses to us and kissing allows us to get a sense of this. 

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Women's voices - Men rate women’s voices as more attractive when the women's progesterone levels were low and estrogen levels were high. 

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Fertility - Fertility can affect how women’s voices sound too.

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Men with low voices - Just before women start ovulating, they are more attracted to men with lower voices.

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"Feel good chemicals" - These "feel good chemicals" are what make us feel good around someone, inducing feelings of safety, warmth, and comfort.

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Serotonin - Attraction is also driven by the release of serotonin, which is the happy hormone. Hugging and sexual contact releases oxytocin, the love hormone.

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The photograph test - Putting positive characteristics against someone’s photograph makes them appear better looking to other people.

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Men - In men, attractiveness is perceived (in part) positively by masculinity, symmetry, and averageness, and negatively by adiposity (being overweight or obese).

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Women - In women, attractiveness is affected positively by femininity and negatively by adiposity.

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