A New Understanding of True Beauty
Beauty is often defined as a mental attribute of certain objects which makes these objects aesthetically pleasing to see. Such objects may include sunsets, landscapes, humans, art and beautiful works of art. Beauty, along with art and aesthetics, is presently the dominant theme of aesthetics, one of the most important branches of human science. The word ‘beauty’ is often used in conjunction with aesthetics, the study of how beauty is constructed within the social, cultural and personal contexts of humans. Thus beauty is considered to be subjective and individualistic, while aesthetics considers the uniformity of beauty in all forms of reality.
In recent years there has been a tendency for aesthetic and cognitive theories to become intertwined, with an increasing emphasis on both beauty as a process of perception and beauty as a practice and form of meaning. This push back against beauty has been partly a response to the increasing trend towards individualism within modern society, a tendency which seems to have increased through the years. However, beauty as a process of perception and as a form of cultural capital has also been an ongoing problem within the decolonization movement.
One way to deconstruct beauty is to examine it as a process of understanding. For instance, when I talk about beauty routines I am not talking about the routines you put yourself through in order to look beautiful. I am talking about routines that make you feel good about yourself in the here and now, in your everyday life. Beauty routines can be anything that makes you feel good about yourself.
What is true beauty then? Beauty is what makes you feel happy, and true happiness comes from within rather than without. Happiness is something that comes from the inside out, from the peace that you get in your heart, your smile and the way that you carry yourself around you, and this is what makes you beautiful.
Many people argue that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, but I disagree. I believe that there is a definite correlation between a person’s perceived level of physical beauty and their level of happiness. If you are happy then your face will be smooth, your body will be toned and fit, and you will have a flawless skin.
We are drawn to people with a beautiful smile, and we are drawn to people who take care of themselves and are happy. Is your smile still crooked? Is your toned body not perfect? If so, then maybe you need to work on both your outward appearance and your inner beauty.