10 Ways to Beautify Your Whole Life
Healthfulness and beauty are important in every area of your life. These things are not just physical – they are also mental and spiritual, and as such, your beauty and health depend on much more than just diet, exercise, and cosmetics.
Taking care of your skin and body is just one small part of living a beautiful life. That’s why we’re sharing our list of 10 ways to add more beauty everywhere.
Read Positive & Uplifting Books
Your brain is like a computer – your output is directly related to your input. There’s lots of negative input in the world, from the daily news to your social media feed, and making the conscious decision to increase the amount of positivity you consume makes a big difference.
Books are especially good at increasing your positive intake. When you read, your brain “hears” the words in your voice as if they’re your own thoughts – that’s more powerful than listening or seeing the same information.
Choose positive stories, personal development books, and novels that make you feel great.
You’ll notice that your outlook improves, and people around you will appreciate the energy you radiate.
Kindness is an action, not just an idea.
One of the most effective ways to lift your mood is to do something kind for someone else. Studies have shown that random acts of kindness for others are actually more effective at improving mood than doing something kind for yourself, such as buying something you want.
Whether you’re doing something good for the world at large or being kind to a close friend, those kind acts raise your dopamine levels and give you a lasting feeling of wellbeing and beauty.
Make a Small, Healthful Decision Each Day
Self indulgence might feel good for a minute, but the pride and glow that comes from a healthful decision lasts all day.
Instead of a donut and sugary latte for breakfast, choose rolled oats with fruit and walnuts. Park a little farther away from work and walk an extra block. Drink two extra glasses of water throughout your day.
Just one little change each day is easy to manage, and the more small choices you make, the bigger the effect on your life.
Your health is the accumulation of all the little things you do every day. Embrace the details and watch how much things change.
Reduce Consumption of Processed Ingredients
Processed foods have less nutrients, more calories, and often are packed with chemicals that may collect in your body and cause undesirable side effects.
Cut processed foods out of your diet, and you’re likely to reduce headaches, lose weight, boost energy levels, improve your overall mood, slow the aging process, and even sleep better. Your hair, skin, and nails will get healthier, and you’ll even stop craving unhealthy snacks.
People who have quit processed foods report that they find it easier to think, and that foggy feeling doesn’t mess up their day anymore. Some even say that their eyes are brighter, their hormones are finally balanced, and they find it easier to gain muscle than before.
While the science is questionable behind many of the chemicals that are put into processed food products, there’s clear evidence that processed ingredients are detrimental to health, mood, and appearance.
Eat more natural foods, even if you don’t cut out processed snacks completely, and you’ll likely notice an improvement.
Learn a New Skill or Language
While scientists used to think that the brain’s neural pathways became permanent with age, the fairly recent discovery of neuroplasticity has proven that our brains can continue to grow and change throughout life.
In short, neuroplasticity means that every time we learn a new skill, it physically changes the way our brain is wired.
Learning something new, whether it’s a musical instrument, a language, or a professional competency, activates parts of the brain that aren’t in regular use. This activates growth and change inside your brain, and it actually makes it easier to learn another new skill.
This process is very much like a fitness routine that improves your strength and flexibility.
Just like your muscles, exercising your brain makes using it easier, faster, and more effective. You can literally exercise your brain to become more quit witted and intelligent, and that benefits your whole life.
Become Active in a Community
Humans are hardwired to belong to communities. The groups to which we belong are as much a part of our identities as our individual thoughts and beliefs.
Just as a sense of isolation can cause psychological damage and distress, the feeling of belonging is important for mental and physical health. If you want to belong, you must participate.
Choose a community that matters to you, then get involved in a meaningful way. It might be the people who live on your street, a volunteer organization, or a book club you enjoy. Contribute to the group however you feel appropriate, whether that means donating your time or hosting the next meeting at your home.
Being a part of a common cause is incredibly fulfilling, and you’ll make meaningful friendships along the way.
Bust a Bad Habit
Habits are difficult to break, so the pride of accomplishment that comes from breaking a bad habit is powerful.
The first thing that comes to mind for most people are their addictions: sugar, cigarettes, or caffeine. However, addictions aren’t the only common negative habits.
Consider making it a priority to stop gossiping about people.
Break your habit of watching 3 hours of television every night in favor of doing something productive instead.
Stop chewing your fingernails when you’re stressed.
You don’t have to bust all of your nonproductive habits right now – just aim to break one.
Quality Time With Yourself
There’s a difference between being alone and having quality alone time.
Rather than filling your moments by yourself with mindless entertainment such as television or social media, use your alone time to become more self-sufficient, confident, and happy.
Get introspective and really start getting to know yourself. Journaling is an excellent way to learn how to be truly introspective, and you’ll find yourself confronting your own insecurities and coming out of it a more secure individual. Be sure to consider your positive attributes and actions, too! Self criticism is only helpful if it’s constructive and tempered with honesty, including your good points with the bad.
Handle Something You’ve Been Putting Off
Procrastination has been associated with poor mental health, crummy mood, and even heart disease.
At the very least, knowing that you’re putting things off increases your stress levels. Get some instant stress relief by handling something right now that you’ve been putting off for later.
Maybe you need to make a phone call about a past due bill, or finally get your laundry out of the dryer, or call a friend to tell them bad news. It might not be a pleasant task, but the feeling you’ll have after it’s done is so worth it.
Handling an overdue task is one more step towards busting your procrastination habit forever, thus reducing your stress levels. That’s a beautiful thing, isn’t it?
Mute Negative People on Social Media
We all have those friends that are like a dark cloud on a sunny day.
You know the one. They’re always complaining about something, sharing distressing news articles, ranting about how horrible the world is today…
So mute them.
Remember the thing about reading positive books? The stuff we put into our brain is the stuff that comes out, and if you want to be a more positive, beautiful person, then you should consume less negativity.
Click the mute button, share a smile, and move on with your beautiful life.