Inner beauty versus outer beauty

While it is believed that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, I personally believe that isn’t necessarily so. I think beauty is within ourselves. What others see when they look at us is a projection of what we want them to see.

Inner beauty is the beauty that comes from the inside and is characterized by the following;

Kindness

When we say a person has an aura about him or her that we like, that aura can possibly include kindness. When someone practices kindness, we think that that person is beautiful on the inside (whether or not she or he is beautiful on the outside).

Compassion

Among one of the many characteristics we expect to find in “holy” people, compassion is an act of sympathy and empathy. If and when we are able to put ourselves in others’ shoes, we can say that we are empathetic.

Genuineness

A person who has inner beauty is, undoubtedly, genuine in his or her words and actions. He is true to his word, or she is trustworthy. His actions are motivated by the right reasons. He or she will naturally have what is called “human flaws,” but these flaws are corrected by this person’s ability to know what to do in the right or wrong situation.

Love

And lastly, love is one of the key characteristics that describes a person with inner beauty. Though inner beauty is often defined by each person, and is unique to himself or herself, love permeates all definitions. A person who loves, through and through, is a person with inner beauty. And, love can be related to kindness or compassion and even genuineness.

Whatever your definition of inner beauty, it is clear that inner beauty must be shown through words and actions. And, though we all have our own definitions of inner beauty, we all know and realize that a handful of characteristics are essential to a universal definition of inner beauty.

Outer beauty simply refers to a person’s physical attributes, from how he/she looks facially and bodily to the way they dress, to their smiles etc. Outer beauty refers to a person’s outer shell.

In essence, one is looking beautiful while the other is feeling beautiful. Your skin, your hair, your body shape are all visual elements that contribute to (or detract from) your outer beauty.

When you fill your thoughts with positive energy and inner beauty, you’d appreciate the things that are around you a lot more too. Even when you look at an inanimate object like a painting, or even a view of the ocean, it seems more beautiful to you because you see the beauty that overflows within you reflect in everything else around you.

If you feel beautiful, your own self belief and confidence brings out a glow of beauty that no outer beauty can compete with. But if you feel ugly, your inner beauty will reflect the same idea and project it on your outer beauty. If you truly feel beautiful on the inside, you’d never seem unappealing to anyone else.

Many people think inner beauty is just a phrase used for ugly people to make them feel better about themselves.” People who think that are sorely mistaken.

Not all people who have inner beauty are “ugly.” In fact, many people with inner beauty also have outer beauty. So you can’t just look at someone and know if they have inner beauty, you have to get to know them first.

Ever heard the phrase, “It’s what’s on the inside that counts”? It’s true.
She doesn’t have any inner beauty, the only thing she has is her looks.

What about outer beauty? Can outer beauty, say a beautiful waterfall, a majestic mountain or the brilliant stars in heaven, be enjoyed without inner beauty? I think not. A person can be attracted by outward beauty only to find on closer examination that it is ugly on the inside. A beautiful looking person can be filled with hatred or with love. But how do we know unless we look on the inside? We often judge people when we first meet them by the way they look. It has always been said; you cannot judge a book by its cover. So look inside when you first meet people and look for that inner beauty, in the long run it is far more important than outward beauty.

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