By Gwen Lewis
“Beauty is how you feel on the inside, and it reflects in your eyes.” ~ Sophia Loren
“Life will give you whatever experience is most helpful for the evolution of your consciousness. How do you know this is the experience you need? Because this is the experience you are having at the moment.” ~ Eckhart Toll
A holistic approach to beauty, and a commitment to spiritual grown and stress relief may have positive effects on your physical appearance and complexion. Believe it or not, this attitude adjustment can have concrete benefits, from combatting some of the physical causes of skin breakouts, to shinier and smoother hair.
This doesn’t come as a surprise. After all, happy people radiate a sort of inner light. Perhaps we should spend as much time meditating and pursuing our passions as we do worrying about our physical presence. Read on to learn more!
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Surrounding Yourself With Beauty
A recent paper written by Abraham Goldberg, professor at University of South Carolina Upstate, analyzed the happiness of citizens in some of the world’s biggest cities–New York, London, Paris, Toronto, and Berlin–using what’s known as Gallup happiness surveys. They also collected their own data, and concluded that people’s happiness was coming from an interesting source.
They research suggested that the biggest determining factor in the quest for happiness was living in an aesthetically beautiful place. The things people surrounded themselves with had a profound effect on their personal well-being.
So how does this apply to your quest for beauty and happiness? It’s important to surround yourself with things you love. And you don’t need a lot of cash to do this. If you find your space bogged down with clutter, items you don’t necessarily love, consider orchestrating a purge.
Hang paintings and artwork you have made yourself, or have found at the flea market. Focus on optimizing natural light in your space with the help of mirrors. Keep herbs and other plants on your kitchen counter. Fill your room with pictures of people you love or that inspire you.
Meditate and Make Space for Reflection Every Morning
Resist the urge to reach for your phone first thing each morning. It can be tempting to immediately check Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram, but it might not be stellar for your well being. That’s because focusing on these social networks has a tendency to locate your sense of self outside of your body, in other people’s perceptions.
- It will help you to prevent stress and anxiety
- It will increase your awareness
- It will help you to begin your day with compassion, for yourself and others
Fill Your Off-Time With Beauty
Go to a museum, visit a park, see a visually compelling film, walk through a farmer’s market. Many of these pastimes are free or fairly cheap, but they have a profound effect on your mood. Spiritual gurus like to use the cup metaphor; you have a cup filled with pebbles. Things that drain your mood remove pebbles from your cup. Happiness-producing activities fill your cup with pebbles. Strive to “fill your cup” and seek out the beauty around you.
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About the Author
Gwen Lewis is a writer and makeup artist based in Southern California. Because of her passion for beauty and health, she hopes to help others not just look great but feel great, whether through makeup or her writing. In her free time, she enjoy shopping and pick-up soccer games with her friends.