Whole Beauty Is…Givingdate: March 18, 2014
Think about the last time you did something for someone else. It might have included the act of handing over something physical, such as a gift. Or it might have been something less tangible, yet just as meaningful, like hugging a friend who’s going through a rough time or even smiling at a stranger. In fact, there’s a good chance you’re already giving in ways you probably don’t even realize, because it comes naturally to you. That good, genuine part of your spirit contributes to just how beautiful you are.
Little, heartfelt acts of kindness—offering advice, giving your time, leaving an encouraging note, and so on—are ways of saying, “I care about you. I’m here for you. You’re important to me.” And sharing those sentiments reveals a deeper part of yourself—one could even say your most attractive feature. There are opportunities to give to—and share that part of yourself with—others each day. Try…
…reminding yourself of what you’re grateful for in your own life. Expressing your gratitude is another element of your whole beauty, because it shows your appreciative side and the fact that you take the time to reflect on what helps you feel fulfilled. It’s something that’s closely tied to giving to others. Feeling thankful for the many things that make you happy in your own life can inspire you to do the same for those around you.
…being mindful of your surroundings. When you wake up each morning, take a few minutes to breathe deeply and set an intention to really tune in to the present moment. Practicing mindfulness will help you spot all of the little ways you can give to others that you might not have otherwise noticed.
…listening to those in need. Whether it’s your mother or your neighbor, really hearing what they’re saying—even just witnessing and understanding their feelings—will help you be there for them in the most useful way. They may not come out and ask for anything specific or tell you what they need, but being a good listener and engaging in deep conversation can provide insight on how you can give in a way that feels right for you—and them.