By Amanda Satsky
The quest for a mate is not typically a quick fix, ask-and-you-shall-receive sort of adventure. There’s no ‘choose your own ending’ safety net. In fact, it has the potential to be a veritable obstacle course of social standards, trial and error, perfect timing, first impressions, and understanding what it is you actually need (and want) in a partner. Daunting, we know.
A study revealed that humans take, on average, just 12 minutes to decide how they feel about someone. So here are 5 reasons genetic screening could help you out next time you’re face to face with someone and feeling those familiar butterflies in your stomach.
You Make Health and Well-Being a Priority
By getting screened for genetic disorders, you are proving to yourself and to others that health is a top priority for you. And health-oriented people glow. In fact, a study discovered that the ‘carotenoid glow’ from a diet rich and fruits and vegetables makes people look more attractive than a tan. Your inner health is just as important, and regardless of what clues lie in your genome, taking steps to know yourself thoroughly suggests a high degree of confidence and security.
Not only does getting screened demonstrate that you care about your health, but it shows you care deeply about the health of your family as well. That’s convenient, because science suggests kindness and compassion really do make a person more attractive.
Contrary to popular belief, curiosity didn’t kill the cat. It might’ve put it in the path of potentially perilous things, but it always gets away unscathed — and better off for having learned something new. When you learn your risk of passing a genetic disorder on to your future children, you’re making the bold decision to delve into your family history and background to learn things that could benefit your family in the future.
You Plan Ahead
You’re a planner, you take initiative, and you have goals. These characteristics provide a solid foundation for a relationship, and we all want to feel safe and secure with our mate. Getting screened proves your determination to take control of your future and ultimately live your life to it’s fullest.
You’re Prepared for Just About Anything
There’s nothing more attractive than a steadfast person who effortlessly handles whatever life throws their way. Getting screened allows you to be educated, to understand the best approach for navigating your future, and to be prepared for success regardless.
So put down the perfume, switch off the curling iron, and choose flats over heels, because science says true beauty stems from our overall approach to life, and how we prepare for a healthy future.
A version of this post was previously published on jscreen.org and is republished here with permission from the author.
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