Is Wanting to Be (and Stay) Beautiful a Bad Thing?

Is Wanting to Be (and Stay) Beautiful a Bad Thing?

A beautiful woman smiling

I go to Bodyrock.tv to work­out with Zuzana every day, and her video/blog post two days ago was real­ly love­ly — it made me think about how we per­ceive oth­ers and their quest to be attrac­tive. Here is an excerpt of what Zuzana wrote:

To me it’s almost unre­al that there are actu­al­ly peo­ple who are not ashamed to tell you that tak­ing care of your health, body and appear­ance is bad. Do they real­ly think that they are bet­ter peo­ple for say­ing the­se things to oth­ers? When I hear some­thing like this, I just think to myself how mis­er­able and unhap­py the­se peo­ple must be. … all that neg­a­tiv­i­ty from oth­ers comes from neg­a­tive feel­ings like jeal­ousy. There is noth­ing more pathet­ic then jeal­ous and envi­ous peo­ple who strike out in order to hurt oth­ers. Per­son­al­ly I avoid neg­a­tive peo­ple as much as pos­si­ble. I just ignore them and let them deal with their own frus­tra­tions. That’s why I read every com­ment that I get, because I don’t want my blog, which I con­sid­er my per­son­al space to be pol­lut­ed by frus­trat­ed, unhap­py and jeal­ous peo­ple.

Crit­i­ciz­ing and judg­ing oth­ers for what­ev­er rea­son will not bring you your own hap­pi­ness. Keep focus­ing on being a hap­py, healthy, fit, strong, lov­ing, friend­ly and beau­ti­ful per­son. We can each be all of the­se things, but we have to allow our­selves to feel this way.”

Is want­i­ng to be beau­ti­ful and healthy a bad thing? Well I bet you can guess my answer. It’s no, of course. A big fat no. Now, if all you think about is your­self and how you look, then you might want to reeval­u­ate what liv­ing tru­ly means, and all that you’re miss­ing out on because you’re too con­cerned with the face in the mir­ror. How­ev­er, most of us just have a gen­er­al desire to be attrac­tive — to have smooth, clear skin, shiny hair, bright eyes, a nice smile, and a healthy body. And guess what? Every­one can have that, quite nat­u­ral­ly and with min­i­mal effort (though it may take quite the effort in the begin­ning if you’ve been on the “wrong” track for a while).

That is why I’m writ­ing this blog, so I can spread the knowl­edge I’ve accu­mu­lat­ed, and con­tin­ue to accu­mu­late, about the sub­ject of nat­u­ral, human beau­ty (and hope­ful­ly tell me about yours, too!). It’s an impor­tant sub­ject, but not the only sub­ject in the world. Beau­ty has many facets, and while writ­ing or read­ing about how to get and stay gor­geous may seem super­fi­cial, it real­ly does go much deep­er. After all, beau­ty and health go hand in hand. You can’t have one with­out the oth­er. So if some­one rolls their eyes when they catch you read­ing about beau­ty tips, or com­ments that you should focus less on your­self, remem­ber that your desire to be nat­u­ral­ly beau­ti­ful (or hand­some, if you’re a man­ly man) will end up car­ry­ing you fur­ther in life — you’ll be health­ier, hap­pier, and longer lived because of it.

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