Beauty – what does that really mean to you? In this world where being Beautiful and Body Image have such a focus it is no wonder that many of us feel we aren’t good enough or need to change the our physical appearance.
I would have hoped that the Body Image attitude might have changed since I was a teenager starving myself to look like the models on the magazine covers and lathering baby oil to cook in the sun for a ‘must have’ tan. ( I usually looked more like a lobster!). There has been some change but alas more can be done to encourage living a healthy lifestyle with healthy food options and regular exercise rather than trying to look like someone else which is unattainable.
Accepting who we are on the outside is vital to thriving BUT more importantly it is the person who we are inside that matters most.
Thriving through Inner Beauty
Ever heard of the phrase ‘Green with Envy’? Most of us would probably have felt this emotion at some time in our life. Jealousy, anger, regret – all these negative thoughts take our inner beauty away. Not only do we wither inside because of these feelings but these emotions also display an unhappy and ‘ugly’ person to the world.
We can be physically beautiful but without inner beauty we soon lose our attraction.
Ways to Discover Your Inner Beauty
Take the Focus off YOU
This doesn’t mean that you need to put yourself last. I have written often about the importance of valuing yourself as a person and considering your needs and desires – sometimes before others. However, taking the focus off yourself and understanding that sometimes the world does not revolve around us, opens our hearts and minds to the world.
Loving & Respecting who you are is a major step to thriving in life. Being comfortable in our own skin and respecting ourselves makes us strong and at peace within. This strength and self-confidence not only makes us feel worthwhile but is attractive to others.
Being Joyful & expressing gratitude
Living with a ‘glass half-empty’ attitude will not only pull you down but also those around you. Take time each day to be grateful for the blessings in your life. Finding joy in simple things can warm the heart. I remember when my grandson felt his first breath of breeze on his skin the wonder in his eyes brought joy to my heart. Find something in each day to bring you some joy.
Bringing more Laughter to your day
Laughing is such a wonderful thing and ‘is the best medicine’ as the saying goes. I love hearing someone with a hearty laugh, it can be infectious. I know I don’t laugh as much as I would like to. Laughter, like exercise produces endorphins which is a chemical released in our bodies that gives us the ‘good feelings’. Studies reported in the Royal Society of B Biological Sciences, have shown that laughter can actually help with our threshold of pain – Social laughter is correlated with an elevated pain threshold
Giving back and showing kindness to others is another way to display our inner beauty. I regularly volunteer at my MIL’s aged care home and just spending a few moments with the residents means so much to them. You don’t need to do more than smile and say ‘hello’ but the warmth you feel because they respond to your kindness is so rewarding.
You might also like to check out my Over 50 & Thriving series. In this series, published every Thursday, guest writers give insight into what ‘Over 50 & Thriving’ means to them.
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