Does physical attractiveness buy happiness? Women’s mating motivation and happiness

Ahra Ko, Eun Kook Suh

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Abstract

Given the centrality of physical attractiveness in women’s mate value, we predicted that mating motive salience would increase the weight of physical attractiveness in women’s happiness. At an individual difference level, women with chronically high levels of mating motivation weighed physical attractiveness more heavily in their happiness than others (Study 1). When mating motivation were experimentally primed, happiness hinged more on physical attractiveness in the mating than in the control condition (Study 2). Finally, when compared across the ovulatory cycle, the importance of physical attractiveness in women’s happiness was accentuated during the high-fertility phase (Study 3). Results provide converging evidence that mating motivation increases the importance attached to and sensitivity towards physical attractiveness in appraising happiness among women. The current work suggests a novel evolutionary function of happiness, namely, to signal progress toward adaptively important goals.

Original languageEnglish
JournalMotivation and Emotion
Volume43
Issue number1
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 2019 Feb 15

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Happiness
Motivation
Individuality
Fertility
Weights and Measures

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  • Social Psychology
  • Experimental and Cognitive Psychology

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