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Superficiality: Is It Good For You?

If there’s one reason superficial people seem happier, it’s because they’re often running the show. Need proof? According to Psychology Today, beautiful people are more successful than homely folks; “they’re hired sooner, get promotions more quickly, and get all kinds of extra benefits and perks on the job.”

University of Texas, Austin economics professor Daniel Hamermesh told the Wall Street Journal that good looking folks earn three or four percent more than those who aren’t as eye catching.

In every occupation I have looked at, being better looking helps you,” he said.

The Economist even notes that good-looking people have an easier time getting a loan, even though plain-looking folks are more likely to make payments.

Fair? Probably not. But I understand the benefits of a little superficiality. I don’t like to admit this, but every time I get my hair, and nails done, I feel better about myself and notice a boost in my mood.

Since no discussion of superficiality would be complete without the topic of plastic surgery, let’s address issue. Will bigger boobs make you happier and serve as very expensive antidepressants?

Researchers from Ruhr Universität and the University of Basel measured the psychological effects of plastic surgery on nearly 550 patients. Compared to the group who decided not to have plastic surgery, the people with “enhanced” body features reportedly felt less anxious and had increased self-esteem. On the whole, they felt more attractive, which contributed to a boost in mood. Negative outcomes were only seen in those who had unrealistic expectations.

Tell us what you think.  Do think being superficial will boost your self-esteem?

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