Yet according to the researchers the reason pride was seen as sexually attractive didn’t have anything to do with the man’s facial expression. He was taking up space with his arms up and chest out.It wasn’t the fact that he wasn’t smiling that made him attractive. The most robust takeaway from this study isn’t smiling is unattractive and should be avoided by men.And even if the study did have an answer to that question there’s still the issue of how those findings would translate (or don’t) to real-world situations.

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You may have heard about this study as it made the rounds on sites like Psychology Today, Business Insider, and countless other news outlets.

The findings have caused men all over to say “That’s it! ” But jumping to that conclusion is a HUGE mistake.

Hell a lot of guys will date or and even marry a girl if she’s physically attractive enough.

So it can be difficult for men to understand that, when a girl decides whether or not to sleep with or date a guy, there are often other factors at play. (For a deeper look at the reasons why women have sex, click here)Sure there are times when a girl just wants to get laid or will go home with a guy solely because she thinks he’s hot.

“To our knowledge this is the first research to demonstrate a negative effect of male happiness displays on male attractiveness.” – From Happy Guys Finish Last: The Impact of Emotion Expression on Sexual Attraction Is smiling attractive?

In 2011 a sexual attraction study published by psychologists at the University of British Columbia showed that men were perceived as less sexually attractive when they smile.

Would she feel okay introducing him to her friends? That tiny bump in sexual attractiveness the brooding guy has (by the way in the study the shameful guy was rated around a 4, and the happy guy a 3, so the gap wasn’t that big) likely won’t be enough to overcome the negative qualities a guy like that brings to the table (which were not examined in this study). When first meeting a girl you don’t need to come in guns blazing and ignite tons of sexual attraction within the first five seconds.

As touched on before, a woman at a bar or coffee shop doesn’t want to deal with some gloomy dude sucking the energy out of the room – even if he is slightly more sexually attractive. All you’ve got to do is spark a little bit of curiosity and interest. If she’s curious about you, if she’s interested in you, then you’re going to get the chance to keep talking.

Though opinions vary and beauty is ultimately in the eye of the beholder, there are steps that you can take day-to-day that will make you more attractive to the general public.