What is beauty? Step away from the mirror, tweak your negative self-talk and embrace the idea that loving yourself, just as you are, is a truly beautiful thing. These inspiring words help to define true, whole beauty beyond the surface.
What is Whole Beauty?
Though the steps you take to care for your body each day may seem simple or even trivial, they can be important for reasons that go beyond how you look. Think of each of these five common elements of a daily beauty routine as mini meditations that allow you to engage your senses and reflect.
Losing weight is one of the most worthwhile steps you can take for your health, but we all know that the journey isn’t easy. Shedding a lot of weight can, of course, be particularly challenging. If you've done it, first off, congratulations.
"I have to get my beauty sleep." Often it’s said jokingly, but there’s truth behind this old adage. Learn about a few ways good-quality sleep nurtures your most beautiful self.
Cultivating a positive body image can be challenging. We are often our own worst critics. When you look in the mirror, you may zero in on one area of your body that you wish was smaller, smoother or just plain different. But chances are you’re the only one being so hard on yourself.
Lose 10 pounds.
Go to the gym at least three days a week.
Eat more vegetables.
Watch less TV.
Ask yourself the following: What do I love doing? Whatever your answer, recognizing a passion and summoning the confidence and drive to live it contributes to your whole beauty.
Choosing a few new ways to challenge yourself not only keeps things interesting, it also expresses the part of you that wants more out of life. It’s a desire that says, I’m open to new things. I am determined. I want to explore, create, improve.
All of us have traits that make us stand out. They’re part of who we are and, therefore, part of what makes up our whole beauty. Sure, a mirror won’t reflect them. But they are as striking as a shiny head of hair or glowing skin.
Heartfelt acts of kindness—offering advice, giving your time, leaving an encouraging note, and so on—are ways of saying, “I care about you. You’re important to me.” And sharing those sentiments reveals a deeper part of yourself—one could even say your most attractive feature.
The desire for things we want to try, see and experience is driven by an internal need, and actually making those wishes real can contribute to our happiness and fulfillment.