What is beauty?

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Three beautiful women

What’s beautiful to me might not be beautiful to you, and vice versa. Because we all have different qualities–physical traits, intelligence, and emotional maturity–, we all have our definition of beauty that may or may not match up with someone else’s definition of the same word. Here are some different examples of what people would define as beautiful. Why do you think that? What do these different perspectives tell us about what beauty really means? Let’s discuss!

Physical traits

When we think of beauty, physical traits are usually the first thing that comes to mind. Women are often seen as the standard of beauty, with long or short hair, curves, and soft skin. Men are also considered beautiful, with strong features and a muscular build. But how do we decide what is actually beautiful? Is it based on our personal preferences or what society tells us is attractive? To answer this question, we must explore what the word pretty means in a broader sense. Pretty can be used as an adjective or adverb: She was dressed pretty today or looked pretty when she danced. So, if you believe that someone looks pretty when they dance, you may find them attractive even if they don’t meet your ideal standards for women’s appearance (or men’s).

Beauty is subjective and personal; one person might find women prettier than men because they prefer feminine features, while another person might find men more attractive because she prefers masculine features. There isn’t just one definition of beauty. What determines your perception of attractiveness?

Emotional Maturity

One important quality that often goes overlooked is emotional maturity. To be emotionally mature means being able to control your emotions, respond appropriately to difficult situations, and not allow your emotions to rule your life. Emotionally mature people tend to be more level-headed, self-aware, and successful in their personal and professional lives. So next time you’re trying to decide who or what is beautiful to you, don’t forget about emotional maturity! It’s one of the most important factors when it comes to happiness and success in life.

Mental Health

It’s been said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder. This may be true, but our idea of what is beautiful is often based on societal standards that are impossible to meet. This can lead to feelings of inadequacy and low self-esteem. It’s important to remember that everyone has unique qualities that make them beautiful. Focus on accepting yourself for yourself and not comparing yourself to others. You might not be society’s definition of beautiful, but it doesn’t mean you’re not valuable or loved. You deserve to see yourself as a person worthy every day because there is no one else like you.–MM


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