November 10, 2015

What Makes a Man Truly Attractive?

Ryan Gossling

It’s not the brawn. It’s not the money. It’s not the car.

It pains me to see men nowadays working on the wrong aspects of his character to attract a woman.

While there is a small number of women who actually care about looks and money, the majority simply don’t.

Women utterly believe that a man’s physical appearance is temporary. The six packs a man is currently working on will become a good mushy pillow at the age of 75. Living in a world of cause and effect, karma and failure, there is a huge probability that he will either become broke or poor.

Don’t get me wrong. We will sleep on our man’s mushy pillow (and cuddle it too) and we’ll definitely stand by his side if he is out of money. Personally, I wouldn’t mind a cottage in the forest or sleeping on the streets with my man (all experience is good experience).

If it’s neither the muscles nor the cash, then what is it?


Listening is a virtue. If men knew the importance of listening to a woman, they would not turn a deaf ear ever again—or hold a cellphone when the woman is talking.

I am a woman and I know how much we love it when a man listens to us. We are spoiled because our girlfriends frequently listen to each other.

But when we see a man who is actually listening and responding, it is damn attractive. 

I advise men to ditch the fancy cars and instead prepare their ears (listening is free).


I thoroughly believe that everyone should respect others—man or a woman. However, I think a higher level of respect should be aimed toward women specifically; from men. We were all given birth by a woman and raised by one. I think men should respect the strength and the capabilities of our gender—the same way we respect theirs.

In my estimation, if a man has respect for himself, he will undoubtedly know how to respect me.

Thus, I recommend that men work on respecting themselves, as it will instantly impact his woman.


I can’t stress this enough. To start, generosity has nothing to do with money. A generous man is generous with his time, his words, his being. He is generous with his love and affection. For me (and almost every other woman I know) generosity plays a pivotal part in the partnership.

If a man can’t provide generosity, it is nearly impossible to win a woman’s attention. Thus, instead of working on those triceps at the gym, consider working on being generous (he’ll look hotter, I swear).


Don’t underestimate the power of kindness. If a man isn’t kind to me (and to the world), the chances of me liking him are zero. Women are absolutely attracted by a man who is kind. In a woman’s eyes, if a man is kind, no wrong can happen. Even if things do go wrong, the man who exhibits the quality of kindness, will always be willing to help fix the damage.

In my estimation, relationships nowadays lack kindness. However, if one partner displays kindness, it will be contagious to the other.


A little mystery is a good thing. I am not sure about all women, but for me—and other women I know—a little mystery in a man, is an utterly attractive quality. By mysterious I don’t mean disappearing or refusing to say his name.

The art of being mysterious is not revealing everything all at once.

Women are intrigued by this mystery, making us want to see him again.

Holding himself together.

A common catch phrase is “men love b*tches.” This basically means that a b*tch is a woman who holds herself together, has a strong attitude and doesn’t jump all over the guy on the first couple of dates. Men find this attractive. Well, the same holds true for women. No matter how much I like a guy, if he is overly assertive or insanely tries to get inside my pants, I will lose interest.

Some women get freaked out by sexually forward behavior. If he is too pushy the first time he see us, women will think he’s lying and clearly not a keeper.

A sense of humor.

I can live forever with a man who makes me laugh. Buckle up boys and drive toward the first sign that says “sense of humor.” Forget the bank accounts. Focus on making a woman laugh. Women will instantly find a man attractive if he is capable of cracking her up.

If he cracks silly jokes though, we will know he’s faking it.

Attentiveness to detail.

Give me a man with attention to detail and I will kneel down in awe. Women love it when men remember what we said or recall what we wore. It doesn’t necessarily have to be associated with words or clothes. My point is, women like men who are attentive. Attention to detail will thoroughly attract women to men.

It is women’s nature to be concerned with details.

Hence, to catch a woman in his web, a man should cultivate a fantastic memory.

There are hundreds of other attributes that can make a man look attractive. Personally, show me a man who knows how to cook, or better, who loves reading (or doing both at the same time).

I believe that both men and women should stop buying into physical appearance and focus on things that can really make a difference. Money is merely paper and our bodies will turn to ash sooner or later.

What matters are a man’s virtues.

Morals count. Work on them!



How to be Attractive.

Author: Elyane Youseff

Editor: Ashleigh Hitchcock

Photo: staticflickr

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Mike Mar 15, 2016 7:10pm

You really don't like silly jokes? 🙁 They're kinda my thing.

Graham S. Jan 6, 2016 3:20am

I gave her 110% of my attention, 24/7, and yet she still went back to the guy with the money (“he’s a good man really”).

You know shit.

Christophe Nov 21, 2015 9:01am

While I fully agree with the article (and despite the fact I’m sometimes working out for some dummy reasons) and that I fully read every points, I just realized that I read it “to know how to be attractive” … so I guess I missed the point of the article, because if I already was at the point of the man you describe, I would just don’t have any interest to know “how to be attractive”, as I would be me with the acceptance of all my aspects (I don’t mean “I am what I am and fuck the world”, but being me while keep trying to evolve and taking care of my relations to the world). So, after reading the article as some nice tips to be attractive, I’m now like “Oh wait a minute: What’s the point of trying to be attractive? What if don’t fit in this list? Does that mean I’m not attractive? That I miss something?” … and so, I just say to myself: we don’t need to be attractive, just to work on what we truly are, and then only, be loved for what we are, the rest is seduction game …

Well that just my feelings, and I truly enjoy your words, it’s the way we are reading words that give sens to them, so I just wanted to share my way 🙂

I will now keep working out to reinforce my body and drop the “oh that muscles are so sexy” part ^^ (Well I swear at least to give it a try!)

A bright day to you!

PS: And excuse my Frenchglish!

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Elyane Youssef

Elyane S. Youssef is an extraterrestrial who was given birth by Earthlings. While living on planet Earth, she fell in love with art, books, nature, writing, photography, traveling, and…pizza. Elyane finds her joy in backpacking and bonding with locals. To see the faces she interacts with on her travels, you can follow Face of the World on Instagram. Besides getting on and off planes, she is in a serious relationship with words and hopes to inspire as many people as possible through them. Once her mission is accomplished on Earth, she will return to her planet to rejoin her extraterrestrial brothers and sisters. In case you’re wondering, yes, she is still willingly obsessed with Frida Kahlo. You can connect with her on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. You can also check out her macrame art on Instagram.