What Is Beauty?

We are bombarded everyday with beauty contests like Miss Universe and shows like Extreme Makeover, as well as People Magazine featuring the most beautiful people in the world, all trying to answer the question "What is beauty?". It is not so easy to make the final decision for this question. The concept of beauty, in fact, is different from person to person. Anyone can tell you their personal definition of beauty: who they think is beautiful and who isn’t. 

What Is The True Definition of Beauty?

What Is The True Definition of Beauty?

Definition Of Beauty

So what is Beauty? Beauty is a characteristic of a person, place, object or idea that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure, meaning or satisfaction. Collins English Dictionary says beauty is the combination of all the qualities of a person or thing that delight the senses and please the mind. Dated from the ancient time, beauty has been a dominant theme in western art, in which an "ideal beauty" is a person who is admired, or possesses features widely attributed to beauty in a particular culture. A number of historical individuals have become icons of beauty, including Cleopatra VII, Helen of Troy, and Marilyn Monroe.

The Many Forms of Beauty

The Many Forms of Beauty

Characterization of Beauty

The characterization of a person as “beautiful”, is often based on some combination of inner beauty, which includes psychological factors such as personality, intelligence, grace, charm and elegance, and outer beauty, which includes physical factors, such as health, youthfulness, symmetry, averageness, and complexion. Based on these, some focus on the outside appearance of people. In contrast, some hold the point of view that beauty is the purity of heart. If you are kind-hearted, you are beautiful. It seems that what we find beautiful is a reflection of our personality and individuality. However, the surprising thing is that despite the common saying that beauty is in the eyes of the beholder, people may come to roughly the same conclusions of what is beauty. It is widely accepted that there are common definitions to what the definition of beauty is, which is much determined by society as a form of survival of the fittest.

Male Definition of Beauty

What is Beauty? To some extent, male should be the right one to make the conclusion for this question. Maybe you will take for granted that good looking in men’s eyes must rank as the first element of beauty. But it is actually not the case. In a recent survey entitled "What is beauty anyway?" came to the following conclusions: When asked about their own definition of female beauty, many men cite happiness and healthiness, rather than particular physical characteristics.

Beautiful Girl Tends to Get More Attention and Priviledges

Beautiful Girl Tends to Get More Attention and Priviledges

Benefits of Physical Beauty

However, to be honest, physical beauty in the present society really plays a very important role for people. Good looking students get higher grades from their teachers and attractive patients receive more personalized care from their doctors. Nobody will refuse to be beautiful in order to give a good impression to people around. And all of us might dream that we have the eyes of Milla Jovovich and the body of Madonna. Some are lucky to be born beautiful, while others can equip themselves with vast treasure of cosmetics and makeup tips provided here and there. It was the Roman Dramatist Plautus who wrote, "A woman without makeup is like food without salt”. Makeup should be used to help you look good and feel better. Find your basic makeup essentials to create a radiant - looking complexion and then experiment with different colors, textures and cosmetics items to accentuate your features and enhance your face. Improving one’s appearance will boost confidence and self esteem. As a result, people who are not satisfied with their appearance or those who closely follow trends in fashion tend to apply expensive cosmetics or take operation to obtain the so called man-made beauty. Nevertheless, fashion always twists backward and forward in dilemma. When such kind of man-made beauty comes to the peak, people begin to miss the true and natural beauty of the past.

Only Inner Beauty Will Past The Test of Time

Only Inner Beauty Will Past The Test of Time

Love & Inner Beauty

Love is eternal, but what about your look? We know clearly that there is no everlasting beautiful appearance because of the power of magician of time. Even though cosmetics do contribute to delay the arrival of aging, appearance of youth will disappear just like flower fades away. Physical beauty is not forever, but beauty in your inside will not fade away. The real beauty is reflected in one’s soul, not only depending on appearance. A beautiful woman is a diamond but truthful, honest, trustworthy woman is a treasure. As an old saying goes,“ Virtue is fairer than beauty. ” Good looking is pleasant while spiritual beauty is more important. Don't be eager to judge whether a person is beautiful or not without a thorough understanding of him.

Embrace Your Beautiful Self

True beauty doesn't need any kind of ornaments. It is a gift from God to Human beings. The person who gets blessed by nature gets blessed with precious beauty. God is fair because he gives everyone their own unique beauty. So do not think of yourself poorly or wish to be someone else, instead embrace your personal beauty and be happy. Beauty may occur in different form, physical beauty of female, inner beauty of kind man, graceful beauty of grandeur dame and even ordinary beauty of common people. Beauty lies in good things you do, your nice behavior with others, your honesty and your self- confidence. It also lies in the way you understand, the way you trust, the way you love, the way you care and the way you share. If you can not find beauty, it is not because beauty does not exist, but because you just close your eyes.

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