The Radiance of Unseen Beauty

1433318It’s time to pay more attention to what’s on the inside When people hear the word “beautiful,” it’s natural for them to think about things that are appealing to the eyes. However, the word carries even more value when it describes the heart of a person.

For years, women have applied makeup to their faces for various reasons—whether it’s to cover blemishes, to make them feel more confident or beautiful, because it’s what they were taught women are supposed to do, or any other reason. A girl feels she has to spend money on products to make her look a bit different than when she rolls out of bed in the morning.

Let’s be honest. Makeup products are not the cheapest things in the world.

An article in InStyle magazine reported that the average woman spends $15,000 on cosmetic products over the course of her lifetime. The Harley Street Clinic in London conducted a study that found that same average woman also spends an average time of more than a year using that $15,000 worth of makeup. Needless to say, quite a bit of women’s time and finances go toward making their outward appearances more presentable—or so they believe.

But, “beauty is only skin deep” doesn’t have to be just a trite expression.

If it’s what’s on the inside that truly does matter, more than how we look when we admire our reflections in the mirror, then why is there so much effort put into those reflections? How would people’s lives differ if they focused more on improving their hearts and how they love others? While it’s not wrong to wear makeup or want to look attractive, there will be a point where age catches up with you and good looks may escape you.

You will never be too old to love and let a captivating heart touch the lives of those around you.

There are reasonable ways women can invest more in their inner beauty than on cosmetic products:

1. Inspirational notecards—Writing down uplifting words (whether they are quotes, Bible verses, or song lyrics) can start your day off in a fresh way. Uplifting words also speak to your heart in a way that you might really need at the time. Taping these notecards to your bathroom mirror or work computer, or carrying them with you in your purse, allows you to be reminded and rejuvenated throughout your day.

2. Reach out to others—How we treat others is often indicative of the conditions of our emotions and our hearts. It’s easy to be short with others when there’s a lot of stress in life, but it tends to make your own mood worse when you do so. But, even just a simple greeting or compliment to another person can help cheer up a hurting heart or negative attitude. Love and kindness bring joy to the soul—and joy is something you can never have too much of in life.

3. Smile—There’s something about allowing a smile to dance across your face that not only brightens up others’ day, but also brings warmth to your own heart. It’s such an effortless act, yet it produces beauty on the outside that radiates your inside at the same time. You really can make the world—and your own being—a better place with your smile.

In the grand scheme of things, life really isn’t all that long. The time we do have here is precious, so it’s important to invest that time in things that matter most. Even as seemingly small individuals, we have the power to impact people on a daily basis. We first have to make sure our own inner beauty is intact.

Ask you make conscious efforts to look stunning each morning, take equal time to ensure that your heart’s beauty is shining ever so brightly.