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  • It’s possible to make yourself look more attractive in just a few minutes.
  • Some strategies involve tweaking your physical appearance; others are more about your behavior towards others.
  • We rounded up some of the simplest ways to boost your appeal.

Two time-tested ways to look better are eating a nutritious diet and sticking to a workout routine. Unfortunately, those strategies need a while to take effect.

If you’ve got a party tonight — or if you need to impress a date today — you’ll be pleased to know there are plenty of ways to amp up your appeal within a matter of minutes.

Below, Business Insider has rounded up nine ways to make other people think you’re more attractive — that don’t take very much work. Think changing the color of your outfit or listening more intently to what your conversation partner is saying.

Read on to learn the tricks of the trade.

SEE ALSO: The 8 most attractive qualities people look for in a partner

Smile more

In two experiments, published 2014 in the journal Cognition and Emotion, researchers in Switzerland examined the relationship between attractiveness and smiling.

They found that the stronger the smile, the more attractive a face looked. 

In fact, they found, a happy facial expression appeared to compensate for relative unattractiveness.

As Helen Fisher, biological anthropologist and author of “The Anatomy of Love,” previously told Business Insider: “When you smile, those who see your smile, smile back, even if very briefly. And as they smile, they use facial muscles which trigger the release of neurochemicals in their brain associated with feelings of pleasure — and they are thus likely to feel happy in your company.”

Wear red

A 2010 cross-cultural study published in the Journal of Experimental Psychology: General — with participants from China, England, Germany, and the US — found that women are more attracted to men wearing red.

In one experiment from the study, 55 female undergrads looked at a color photo of a man in either a red or green shirt, and then rated the man’s attractiveness.

Sure enough, the man was rated significantly more attractive when he was wearing a red shirt. The results were similar when researchers compared the red shirt to other color shirts as well.

Interestingly, participants generally weren’t aware that the man’s clothing color was influencing their perceptions of his attractiveness.

Make people laugh

Multiple studies indicate that women are more attracted to men who can make them laugh.

In one small French study, published in the journal Psychological Reports, a man told a joke to two friends at a bar while a woman sat at a nearby table. Then that man was instructed to approach the woman and ask for her number. In another version of the situation, one of the men who listened to the joke asked the woman for her number. (These scenarios were repeated about 60 times total.)

After the man left, an experimenter approached the woman and asked her to rate the man on attractiveness and intelligence, and to indicate how much she would want to date the man long-term.

Results showed that the guy was three times as likely to get the woman’s number when he’d told a joke. Plus he was rated more attractive and intelligent.

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