Both the Wall Street Journal Law Blog (Do Looks Matter in the Law?) and the ABA Journal (Good-Looking Lawyers Make More Money) are reporting — the WSJ beside a photo of the none-too-beautiful but apparently universally “sexy” Matt Damon — that good looking people — even those in the legal profession — make more money than their less comely peers.
We’ve also covered this topic as thoroughly as we believe it deserves in the Power of Beauty here.
The executive summary?
Physical beauty creates a “halo effect” that leads us to believe that our better looking peers are smarter and more talented, generous and good-natured than the rest of us.
If we live life joyously and authentically, we will possess the qualities people automatically ascribe to the “beautiful” among us. More imporatantly, we will have become beautiful by being the kind of person people imagine — say — Angelina Jolie or Matt Damon to be.
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