Put aside the images of actresses, models, and beauty queens for a moment and think about what is most beautiful about You. In case you weren’t aware, most of the images we see on the Internet, TV, and in magazines are airbrushed, edited, and augmented using professional photo editing software such as PhotoShop. To that, we say, “Take your fake pictures of fake people and stop envying them. They aren’t real!”

Instead, here are five rules to be beautiful from the inside out.

Think about others.

In a world where it’s all about “what’s in it for me?” take time to think about what you can do for other people. Whether bringing dinner to a friend who just had a baby or working in your local soup kitchen, doing things for others is good for your health.

In a study presented by the CNCS, volunteers have “lower mortality rates, greater functional ability, and lower rates of depression”. “Everybody can be great because everybody can serve.” -Martin Luther King, Jr.

Grab a mirror

According to an article in Psychology Today, Dr. Diana Kirschner advises that people face a mirror for ten minutes and say positive things about what they see in their reflection. After six sessions in front of the mirror, participants in the study were able to reprogram their minds to see the positive instead of the negative.

This boosted their self-confidence in dating, professional, and social situations. “Fall in love with yourself. Go to the mirror, introduce yourself and say, ‘I love you!’” -Positively Positive

Hit the hay

We get it, life is too busy to get to sleep at a decent hour before the alarm goes off and it’s time to get up and do it all over again. Right? Wrong! Sleep is a necessity for your success in life…and for your beauty. The right amount of sleep (between 7 and 8 hours a night) can keep your metabolism on track, allow free radicals in your skin to be filtered out of the body, and can help regulate your emotional state.

According to The Body Clock Diet by Lyndel Costain, when people are sleep deprived their chemical reactions become altered, affecting just about every aspect of how they function.“I love sleep. My life has a tendency to fall apart when I’m awake, you know?” -Ernest Hemingway

You are what you eat.

We don’t know who originally said that smart quote, but they were right! Think about food as fuel. You would never put sugar water in your gas tank instead of gasoline, would you? Of course not!

Just because something looks like food doesn’t necessarily mean that it is. Processed foods with refined sugar, bleached white flour, saturated or trans fat, artificial colors, or preservatives are all things that we should avoid as much as possible. We understand that it’s sometimes impossible to eat healthy, whole foods in today’s busy world.

But if you can make an effort to do it 80% of the time, you’ll look and feel better, get sick less often, and sleep better at night; all of these will make you more beautiful. “Let food be thy medicine, thy medicine shall be thy food.” –Hippocrates

Be positive to be beautiful

According to Personal Development Coach Chuck Gallozzi, a negative attitude can lead to the following destructive effects in one’s life:

  • Complaining leads to self-pity and apathy.
  • A negative attitude is self-defeating.
  • Looking at the worst in others robs one of happiness.
  • A rotten attitude delays success.
  • Negative self-talk is unwittingly self-hypnotic in changing the way we (and others) see us.

He calls this way of living “negativitis”. We agree! Being negative can lead to stress, which leads to stress chemicals flowing in the body, wreaking havoc on one’s immune system and leading to stress-related illness. It can also lead to lots of furrowing of the eyebrows (one of the first places we show wrinkles).

“A consistent positive and optimistic attitude is the cheapest ‘fountain of youth.’” –Positively Positive

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