It is said that beauty is in the eye of the beholder, is it not? Let us dwell on this a little deeper today. In San Francisco, the word beauty conjures up different images for different people in different neighborhoods. It can make people buy magazines, shop for more clothes, do their makeup etc. while causing others to roll their eyes with certain disdain. No matter how much eye-rolling is taking place, it cannot be denied that beauty affects us all and goes deeper than outward appearances. Scientific theory shows that the beauty that emanates on the outside starts with how we are feeling on the inside as well as how we treat ourselves. San Francisco is a vibrant city with all types of beauty visible everyday.
In the spirit of judging a book by its cover, let’s start with the outer appearances. Studies show that people are deemed more attractive if they have a symmetrical face, small nose, full lips and the sweetheart jawline. Doctors Mehmet Oz and Micheal Roizen attribute it to the Fibonacci sequence as explained in their book, YOU – Being Beautiful. Whether we want to admit that we tick to the same tock as some people is irrelevant; the human race generally prefers to do things at a ratio of 1.618 to 1; that is the Fibonacci sequence (0,1,1,2,3,5,8,13,21). The same sequence found in all things in nature is found on a symmetrical human face. Meaning the length between your eyes, your top lip to the tip of your nose, your nose to your ears etc., is in a 1.618 to 1 ratio. The Fibonacci sequence affects other factors, such as eating times, significant years within one`s life, when we do our laundry, and several other things that are meant for another article.
Next, some ideas about inner beauty from our friends in the science world:
1) Some studies show that we can change our appearance externally by the way we feel internally. When you feel good inside, you are deemed more attractive. We have all heard it before from our closest confidantes but now there is scientific background to support it. The Mayo Clinic says laughter is a great form of medicine. Feel good about yourself and you will look healthier, attractive and people will be drawn to your inner beauty.
2) According to a Stanford University study, it is possible for your eyes to change color over time due to the variances of pigment in your eyes. This may be attributed to your moods and happiness. When your eyes light up with excitement and enthusiasm, it shows through and makes your eyes shine.
3) If you have not heard already, the University of Michigan confirms eating chocolate causes a release of endorphins. Also, when one shows affection or is around a person they love, it also releases endorphins. This can make the skin glow, and a smile literally brighter. That is beauty within that is resonating externally.
Our lives are not always so charmed. If you are struggling to feel that beauty coming from within you, it is always good to take a 10-30 minute break. Find some peace and quiet. Enjoy yourself for a moment. Enjoy who you are and what you can accomplish. That is the beauty within.Try taking a break at the Presidio Park, one is sure to find a relaxing spot there.
If you are having trouble feeling it, think of someone whose life you have touched over the past few years. Sing a song that brings you good memories. Eat some Ghirardelli chocolate. Go ahead…I will give you a minute.