Somewhere between jean sizes and makeup palettes, the definition of what it means to be beautiful seems to have been overtaken by physical and materialistic standards, and it's high time someone stepped up to set the record straight. Beauty might be in the eyes of the beholder, but it’s not entirely about aesthetics. In fact, new research suggests beauty is a feeling, rather than a way to describe a person's physical appearance. See, beauty starts from the inside and works its way out, meaning the more beauty you internalize, the more you beautiful you’ll feel in your skin, your clothes, and the more confidence will radiate from a simple flash of your smile. There’s no one lipstick shade or little black dress you can throw on that'll automatically make you feel beauty. It's more than that, and according to researchers from New York University, beauty is actually a lot simpler than many people make it out to be.
Personally, I feel my absolute best and most beautiful — both mentally and physically — on days when every creative juice inside my body is flowing. It typically starts with a workout that pushes my body to its limits, followed by a nice warm shower and a good book. Then later, when I set my pen to paper and the ideas pour onto the pages, forming a string of words that sound as good as they feel, to me, that’s beauty. Those are the kinds of days when I look in the mirror, and the person reflecting back at me feels beautiful, too. If that’s the case, then you might be wondering why I don’t make it a point to have these moments each and every day. TBH, I’m beginning to wonder the very same thing.
As for the new research that argues beauty is a feeling rather than a way to look, the report has been published in the scientific journal Current Biology. For the study, researchers analyzed the teachings and musings of several different renowned philosophers, from Plato to Oscar Wilde, as well as more recent neuroscience findings that have found that beauty is, in fact, a feeling before anything else. Their analysis showed that beauty is a feeling of pleasure, and when the feeling of beauty intensifies, so does the feeling of pleasure, ScienceDaily reports. And Ani Ferlise, a Reiki master and founder of the experiential kit series Kozmic Ryder (who was not involved in this research), couldn't agree more.
“Beauty is both an emotion and something tangible” Ferlise tells Elite Daily, further explaining that there is both “beauty in the reaction to the moment and the moment itself.” For instance, let's say you turn the radio on while you're getting dressed in the morning, and a brand new song comes through your speakers. The rhythm is smooth — a combination of jazz and hip hop — and the second you hear the whine of the violins, you feel moved. You rock your hips from side to side, your ears perk up, listening intently to each lyric. And when it ends, you look in the mirror to eye your ensemble, feeling even better than you did not even three minutes ago. And because there’s this belief that beauty starts from the soul and overcomes your mind, as well as your body, it is then both tangible and intangible, says Ferlise, “making it a whole, perfect experience.”
Beauty is something that can be felt all day, every day, but it's up to you to make that connection. Here are a few ways to feel beauty wherever you are.