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What Does It Mean to Be Beautiful?

Updated on September 11, 2016

What Is The Meaning Of The Word Beautiful?

So what does it mean to be beautiful? Well, if you look up the definition of beauty in a dictionary (look below) this is what you will find.

1.Pleasing and impressive qualities of something: the combination of qualities that make something pleasing and impressive to look at, listen to, touch, smell or taste

2.A pleasing personal appearance: personal physical attractiveness, especially regarding the use of cosmetics and other methods of enhancing it

3.Beautiful woman: a beautiful woman or girl.

There are two different types of beauty, physical and spiritual. Physical beauty is pretty petty when you compare it to one's spiritual beauty. The definitions above are entirely word to word from a dictionary.

To be perfectly honest with you the closest to what my opinion of what beautiful is would have to be the first one, my opinion on what makes someone beautiful is based on their qualities and their actions.

Physical Beauty "VS" Spiritual Beauty

A person can be physically beautiful, and still have a very ugly personality. That in return makes them appear to be a rather ugly person. People who are like this, focus way too much of their attention on their outer looks, and neglect to take care of their personalities, and the way they treat others. Their whole reason for existing is to impress people, with their trendy clothes or new hair styles, instead of actually trying to win people over with a friendly smile or a bubbly personality. They believe they can win people over with their stunning looks and self-proclaimed cool personas. I have a little news for them though, this makes them appear very stolid, boring, and unattractive. I mean who wants to spend all day talking to someone who has not one thing to talk about besides how beautiful and wonderful they think they are.

Now let us switch up the situation and take a person who may not be the most gorgeous person on the outside, not to say they are ugly, just saying they are not your typical size zero barbie, cookie cutter, generic version of pretty, but they are absolutely flawless on the inside. People like this are awesome to be around, never dull, very friendly and funny. People who project this kind of beautiful personality begin appearing to others as rather beautiful. They are aware of the fact that while they may not be drop dead gorgeous, their personalities and love for life makes them irresistible to others, they are so much more in tune with themselves.

Our inner spiritual beauty is very important we should never put our physical beauty over this. Look around the world we live in today, young girls dying to be thin, as well as some young men. People spending thousands and thousands of dollars on plastic surgeries that do not even last that long, which is why they have to keep constantly going back for more. We know from a young child that everyone grows older and eventually gets wrinkles and gray hair so why try to stop it. That should be considered our progress for growing old, somewhat like our medal of maturity. If we would all learn to perfect our beauty on the inside as much as we try to perfect the outside, this world would be a lot less stuffy and a lot more loving and accepting.

This Is What Is Beautiful To Me

1. Being Unselfish

2. A loving heart

3. A sense of humor

4. Daring to be different

5. Being strong, and courageous

6. Being happy

7. Being kind

8. Loving yourself


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    • prettynutjob30 profile image

      Mary 5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Thank you guys for your comments.

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      Janis Leslie Evans 5 years ago from Washington, DC

      So true. The world would definitely be better if we shared our inner beauy with each other. Interesting, thanks.

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      Vinaya Ghimire 5 years ago from Nepal

      I think the term beauty is very vague. A climber may find Himalayas beautiful, but the porter who accompanies the climber may not consider Himalayas beautiful thing. It is hard to categorize beauty, especially in human beings. How can we compare an African, Asian and European women and say who is more beautiful. Different cultures have different interpretation of beauty.

      But anyway I appreciate your views.

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      Gerg 5 years ago from California

      You're coming to a good place, prettynutjob (I love your HP name, by the way). Of course, this is absolutely true. In the US, we're a pretty immature country - like a child - and still place far too much value on appearance. Flipping this conclusion - it's not even that the beautiful are stupid and the unattractive are spiritually beautiful, as much as the two have nothing to do with each other. One of the values I find from HP is that we meet people at a different level - people it may not have occurred to us to converse with if we had met them in person. And it's a richer experience.

      Welcome - I'm glad you're here.


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      Craig Suits 5 years ago from Florida

      Hiya Nut Job...Long time...

      I had to put my 2 cents in on this one. At 70 years old now, it's been a perplexing question all those years but I've managed to come to a few conclutions at the least.

      Let's assume all the girls I talk about here have great bodies which leaves her face and hair to be analyzed.

      There are vastly different time periods in a womans life that may change her beauty drastically for better or worse. Few maintain, the same look as time passes. Valerie Bertinellie is a classic example. Her fantastic, lovable smile remains to this day. A rare phonominon.

      Lee Anne Rhymes, when she was in her teens was another Valerie. You had to love her. She just had that look. Then Hollywood got a hold of her, made her skinny, and now in her mid twenties, you'd hardly recognize her. Still pretty but nothing like she used to be.

      Girls that don't have that classic pretty face at any age can still be hotter than a two dollar shotgun. A classic example of this is the lead girl in the series "Lost", Evangiline Lilly. Not a classic beauty, but her facial expressions combined with her manerisms, make her a top of the line choice in my book. Ashley Judd, another example of a not super pretty girl but again, her facial expressions and manerisms put her right on the top of the list.

      Don't ever make the mistake of grading one beauty simply by looking at a picture of her. It's incredibly complicated and then there is always the judges personal tastes. That also varies 100%. Judging beauty is indeed, a personal thing.

      When it comes to Hollywood's interpertation of beauty, I know 6 year old's that could do a better job at picking out beautiful people. They can see all the attributes that make up a beautiful person where us adults are jaded with tons of misguided social traits.

      I can't give you a better example of truly beautiful women than the series "Just Ad Water" you can see on Hulu for free. These three girls are far from what hollywood would call beautiful, Filmed in their late teens and early twenties, once you watch a few of the series from the second and third years, you will learn to love them all. Their combined attributes along with their personalaties put them right at the top of the "beautiful" list.

      Compare the three I'm talking about Cariba Hymes, Indiana Evans, and Phoebi Tonkin with the other blond that started the series. This blond has none of the additional beauty attributes that make the other three super special. My favorite, Cariba Hymes, has a beauty unparralelled that I've ever seen anywhere. Her facial expressions, fun loving smiles, and manorisms put her way over the top even though I don't even consider her a classic beauty.

      Makes me wish I was 20 again...Indianna Evens is just plain hot but still not the classic face Hollywood considers a super model. I've never even seen a so called super model I would even want to go on a date with.

      Runway models, completely disgusting.

      It's a very complicated subject that boils down to one's personal likes and dislikes.

      Although it all always starts out with the first glance of a pretty face like yours forinstance, that doesn't always mean your going to fall in love. Your face will only get you in the door, the rest is all about what you are inside and how you project yourself to the rest of the world.

      Even if you are truly "ugilly" (that's uglier than ugly) in the eyes of the entire world, there's someone out there that will love you and want to be with you forever. Go figure!

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      Mary 5 years ago from From the land of Chocolate Chips,and all other things sweet.

      Thank you teaches12345.

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      Dianna Mendez 5 years ago

      I am learning to accept the badge of honor that comes with age. This message is one that should be told to every young person heading into their twenties. Beauty is only skin deep, it's who you are that counts in the long run. Beauty is more than aesthetics. Great choice in the video add on. Voted up!