Turns out nice guys don’t finish last, they finish more often.
According to a new study from the University of Guelph and Nipissing University (they're real, we checked), people who help others are more desireable to the opposite sex.
The researchers interviewed 800 people about their relationships as well as their propensity for helping others, including doing favors for strangers, giving to charity, donating blood and the like. When their findings were adjusted for age and personality, it turned out the humanitarians were the ones getting the most action.
"It appears that altruism evolved in our species, in part, because it serves as a signal of other underlying desirable qualities, which helps individuals reproduce," said author Steven Arnocky. His coauthor, Pat Barclay, added that “it's a more effective signal for men than for women."
The researchers also noted that magnanimous actions may also affect the length of a relationship and the quality of one's partners.
So, open the door. Help the elderly lady across the street. Volunteer. Basically, don’t be a dick.
It might just get you laid.