The secret to being more popular is . . .

This seems like a pretty easy way to make people like you . . . a lot easier than, you know, doing nice things for them or treating them well.

According to a new study out of Hokkaido University in Japan, all you have to do to be more popular is NOD more.

The researchers had their subjects watch videos of people . . . in some videos, the people were nodding, and in some, they weren't.

And the same people were rated 30% more LIKEABLE when they were nodding a lot than when they weren't.  They were also rated 40% more approachable.