In 2009, I wrote my first Examiner article on the topic of natural health and beauty. Back then I offered this simple definition of "natural beauty": a sunset or newborn baby.
I still maintain the definition "natural beauty" can only be answered by you. That is why people still say, "beauty is in the eye of the beholder"... seems that will always be true.
I've been hearing and reading about a so-called, "golden ratio" which uses math to quantify natural beauty (bone structure of the face - or proportions), however we could also find exceptions!
Natural beauty is unique to each individual. That should be a no-brainer.
How many times have you been with a friend or family member and observed someone or something as beautiful but they disagreed. Of course how we measure beauty as a society has changed over time, and no doubt will continue to do so. Art history has shown us curvy figures used to be in vogue.
On any given day how each of us feels and views our own self in this world has a great deal to do with what we label and perceive to be beautiful.
I have a new test for you to help assess yourself.
Can you pass this beauty test?
If you're nervous about this, let me assure you - you are the judge. Only you.
Stand in front of a mirror before applying any skin products, jewelry, clothing, etc. and look at yourself as objectively as possible. Look deeply into your eyes.
Ask yourself the following question:
Are you beautiful?
If you can't answer with a solid YES, then why?
What are you measuring yourself against? If you are judging / comparing yourself to anyone else, please stop. Examine your thoughts about this. No one looks exactly like you so why would you want to look like anyone else?
You are beautiful because you are unique! One of a kind!
You may be a twin or been told you resemble someone else, but no one is exactly YOU.
Let go of your perceived flaws, and certainly do not listen to anyone's put downs of you! Get out and have FUN and quit taking yourself so seriously. Embrace yourself just the way you are.
If you think your too thin, there's someone thinner out there. Think your fat, there's someone fatter. Think one of your parts or pieces too big, small, wide, whatever? Everyone feels they have some imperfection. If you have curly hair, love it! People with straight hair want curly hair! LOL
The key is to embrace your differences and love yourself anyway - then you will naturally smile!
When you smile, feel good, are happy, full of energy, well-rested, calm with good poise, properly nourished and hydrated, you'll face the world with more self-esteem, more optimism! And quite possibly everyone you meet will return your smile too!
Take it upon yourself to be healthy, joyful, vibrant, and beautiful. Be who you want to be.