There’s a well known saying that “beauty is on the inside”. If this is it true then why are most people focused on what they display on the outside; rather than emphasising what’s on the inside?
We invest a lot of time, money, energy and passion into pruning and polishing our exterior. We are perhaps so busy creating a desirable external image that perhaps we’ve forgotten the saying “it’s on the inside that counts”. In a world where appearance really does matter – how much time do you focus on improving your internal assets?
Have you ever noticed a stunningly attractive person that exudes a negative arrogant energy – to the point it almost negates their outer physical attractiveness; or a wrinkly old lady that has a kind, heart-warming smile which lights up the room?
Beauty is admittedly in the eye of the beholder, but it isn’t all about makeup and style, it’s about natural smiles and radiating attractiveness from the inside out. We all have insecurities, and often these are physical, yet a person’s true beauty is way beyond skin deep.
The benefits of smiling and laughter are huge. They include greater immunity, hormone regulation, and even a longer life. Try smiling. Even if you don’t feel like smiling – just changing your physiology triggers certain neurotransmitters to fire in the brain, that indicates to your brain, that you must be happy — the brain therefore goes into that state of happiness. You can essentially trick your brain into thinking you are happy even when you’re not.
Laughter is contagious. It can not only lead to you feeling better but it causes a chain-reaction in that it infects those around you. Have you ever started to laugh, for no reason, just because someone else is laughing so hard — ever heard the phrase “he’s got a contagious laugh” — how do you feel around people that are smiling and laughing all the time? You naturally want to be around them, right, which is a definition of attractiveness.
HAVE A POSITIVE IMPACT
Leave people, places and things better than you find them. Have a positive impact on everyone that you come into contact with; whether that’s through something as simple and implicit as a well intentioned smile or an explicit compliment to brighten their day. Interact with people in an uplifting way that brings joy into their life.
BE A GIVER
Feeling beautiful on the inside has a lot to do with how you treat others as well as how you treat yourself. Be kind to people. Be generous. Focus on creating value for others and see your relationships as a place to “give” rather than “get”. Whether this is as simple as giving someone a little encouragement, holding a door open, giving up your seat, offering a compliment or donating to someone in need. There is a saying that the “secret to living is giving” and the most fulfilled people are those that give the most; whether this is on a financial level, an emotional level, or a practical level. There is an important principle to remember though, in terms of giving, which is that you must first give to yourself – even on an airplane you are advised to tend to your own oxygen mask first. The aim is to be so “full” yourself that you are brimming over with abundance.