One in three women said that putting on a great outfit does more for their self esteem than sex. Women sited having their hair done as a bigger confidence builder than a promotion, working out, or going on a date. Ten percent even indicated that putting on their favorite heels improved their mood. In contrast, a bad hair day or arguing with a lover were the most likely reasons sited for causing a foul mood.
Of those sampled, 35% of women claimed they dressed up as a way of feeling more confident and happier as opposed to trying to impress others. However, if physical appearance was not so intimately tied with attraction or perceived self-worth, it is doubtful that doing these things to "improve" a woman's appearance would have such an impact on her outlook.
Overall, the survey found that the small things went the farthest in ensuring that a woman had a good day; 64% sited good weather, 41% indicated compliments, and 35% said positive text messages could enhance their mood. In fact, compliments reportedly do more to boost a woman's mood than sex, shopping, or chocolate.
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