Thursday, October 16, 2008

Altruism May Be the Key to True Love

What makes a man attractive to women? Good looks? A new study led by Tim Phillips, of the Behavior and Ecology Research Group at the University of Nottingham in England and published by Live Science, shows that altruism is also a major factor for women choosing a mate. While it's lesser for men it also ranks high.

So, the question now is "Why would women want men to be altruistic?" In the study, it was discovered that long-time partners rated altruistic behavior highly for one another. According to the researchers, this connection between partners may mean altruism may be a key factor in mate selection. Past studies also suggest that helping for the benefit of another makes a person feel good and is linked with happy unions.

Phillips thinks that "the expansion of the human brain would have greatly increased the cost of raising children so it would have been important for our ancestors to choose mates both willing and able to be good, long-term parents."

So, the next time you wish to impress a girl, tell her you care for her... and also for the homeless... for the hungry cat in the trash bin... for the refugees... for the country... for planet Earth...

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