Altruistic People Have More Sex

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When it comes to sex, it pays to be charitable inside and outside of the bedroom.

Nice guys may not finish last, after all. New research published in The British Journal of Psychology suggests that altruistic people tend to have better sex lives.

The study, which polled about 800 people, asked questions about participants’ sex lives and how often they tend to engage in selfless acts. Examples of selfless acts used in the study included giving to charity, donating blood, and helping classmates, among other things.

People who tend to spend their free time electing to help others are more desirable to the opposite sex, have more sexual partners, and have sex more often.

Does this mean that soup kitchens and blood donation centers will become the new dating hot spots? Not exactly. The research goes on to clarify that altruism isn’t necessarily a sexy trait in itself, but rather that we as a species tend find that the same people who are charitable also tend to possess other qualities we find attractive.

Maybe what this research does mean is that it would benefit single people to make sure that they make a good first impression filled with information on how they often reach out to help their fellow man.

Perhaps these findings will lead to new types of pickup lines:

“Hey baby, wanna go run a 5k benefiting the local hospital with me? You should already be warmed up since you’ve been runnin’ through my mind all day.”

Okay, maybe not.

Ryan Trickey is a freelance writer for Weekend Collective and performs stand-up comedy in Kansas City, Missouri.

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