The volume of “beauty” images that cross our paths these days is mind-boggling. What was once limited to television and movies, now infiltrates our lives non-stop because of our gadgets…computers, smart phones, tablets, etc… What’s the impact of all those images? Do they affect our self-esteem? Do they affect our behavior?
According to the American Society of Aesthetic Plastic Surgery over 10 million cosmetic procedures were performed in 2012. That’s a lot of people spending a lot of money to look better. It’s a 250% increase since 1997.
In Hollywood, actors and actresses have always felt the pressure to fit a specific image because, generally speaking, getting old isn’t good for business. “Enhancing” their bodies has been the norm. Is it becoming our norm? Maybe the bigger question is: Does it make us happy?
You’re happy if you love the life you’re living. You’re happy if you believe in yourself from the inside out…not the outside in. Outside in thinking is like designing a great book cover without paying attention to the content. What’s the point? In the end, no one cares about the cover. In the end it’s all about the content.
Break away from all of that external noise and focus on who you are and where you’re headed. Surround yourself with friends who believe in you and find ways to help others believe in themselves. If you do that, you’ll develop a happy heart and a happy heart beams with warmth and confidence…the best kind of beautiful.