Why are we physically attracted to one person, and not another? Here’s the science behind the laws of attraction.

  • First, the age of our parents affects whom we’re attracted to. Studies show that we tend to be attracted to what we’re used to. For example, If your parents were in their 30s or 40s when they had you, you’re more likely to grow up surrounded by older, more mature faces. So, you’re more likely to be attracted to older, more mature people. 

  • Another scientific fact about attraction: We’re more “into” potential dates that we approach and less into the people who approach us. Researchers at Northwestern University say it’s because when we act on an attraction to someone, we’re putting in a lot of effort to get them to like us. So, we’re more invested in the relationship. That’s why women have traditionally let men be the pursuer. Because if he has to try to woo you – he’ll be more interested in something long-term.

  • You can also draw people to you through body language. There are more than 35 body language gestures that attract men, things like flicking your hair, darting glances, touching your neck, raising your eyebrow. In one study, an average looking woman using those body language cues was approached by 4 times as many men as a more attractive woman who sat still.   

  • One final fact about attraction: You’re more likely to get a second date if you ate garlic on your first one. Researchers say we find garlicky-sweat more attractive and pleasant than plain-old sweat. That’s because garlic contains antioxidants, and boosts metabolism – which makes us smell healthy. Plus, garlic's antibacterial properties make our sweat less stinky by killing odor-causing germs, which may be what makes garlicky-sweat so attractive.