Have you ever admired someone and pondered over how they’ve achieved such inner beauty? It’s not about outward appearance. This stems from a lifetime of positive habits that make them a beautiful soul, genuinely.
Our world puts a lot of importance on being stereotypically beautiful. Photoshopped models and social media influencers have taken over the idea of what true beauty is – unattainable, impossible, and, on the whole, totally superficial.
There’s nothing wrong with wanting to be attractive. But there are many more important things in the world than that. In fact, inner beauty will always be so much more crucial to life than external beauty.
So, how can you foster your inner beauty? The best way is by learning from those who have mastered it.
HERE ARE 11 HABITS OF PEOPLE WITH INNER BEAUTY
1. THEY ARE SELFLESS
A truly beautiful person is selfless. They are always happy to assist others, even when they receive absolutely nothing in return. For them, joy comes from the joy of others, and it takes a truly special soul to think that way. Besides, compassion is known for having positive effects on everyone, not just the receivers of kindness!
This does not mean that they do not take care of themselves, or that they do not consider themselves important. They just know better than to constantly consider themselves more important than everyone else. Here are some examples of selfless acts you’ll see them perform:
Giving a smile, greeting, or compliment to someone
Treating someone to a meal
Lending an ear to someone who needs it
Donating to or volunteering at charities
Helping someone with a difficult task
2. THEY USE POSITIVE AFFIRMATIONS
Positive affirmations work wonders on the body. They make you happier, healthier, and more open-minded, allowing you to reduce stress, anxiety, and criticism sensitivity significantly. And when you feel good, you look good, too – both inside and out.
So, why do positive affirmations work so well? The truth is actually rather surprising. Psychology indicates that the human brain isn’t the best at distinguishing fantasy from reality. So when you repeat positive affirmations to yourself, your brain will slowly begin to believe them to be true – and then they will be true. You’re literally willing them into existence.
Here are some great examples of affirmations that you can use to tap into your inner beauty:
I am strong, intelligent, and capable
My beauty shines from within
I bring happiness and joy to those around me
I’m worthy of good things in life
I do what I can to the best of my abilities
3. THEY STAY HUMBLE
A beautiful person is humble, not proud. They are confident, yes, but never arrogant. They acknowledge that they have much left to learn, and are happy to hear the thoughts and opinions of others.
This does not mean that someone with inner beauty has low self-esteem. It’s quite the opposite, actually! Instead, they keep themselves humble, focusing on making humility a large part of their lives. They know that excessive pride always comes before a fall.
This also helps those with inner beauty to be more giving and selfless overall, as they do not think so highly of themselves that it damages the way they behave.
4. THEY DON’T COMPARE THEMSELVES TO OTHERS
Someone with inner beauty would never compare themselves to those around them. There are a few reasons for this:
They recognize that everyone is on their own unique journey
There is no desire to be “better” than others on a superficial level
They do not see the point in passing judgment on others; they know it is not their place to judge
They’re on their own path and know it will not be the same as anyone else’s
They’re aware that comparisons are a disservice to all parties involved
They seek to be their own best selves, not a copycat best of someone else
They are or strive to be secure in their own abilities and identity
Essentially, someone with inner beauty seeks to love themselves and others, including all the differences between everyone.
5. THEY FOSTER PEACE
Someone with inner beauty doesn’t like quarrels. They don’t like war or disagreements, and they don’t like violence. This doesn’t mean they won’t stand up for themselves, defend those around them, or fight for what’s right if necessary. Instead, it means that they are pacifists at heart, and they believe in the value of peaceful discussion and compromise.
In a world often marred by violence, someone truly beautiful stands by a simple motto: “Do no harm”. Even in the most difficult times, they focus on reaching others through love, speech, and kindness, never through harshness, insults, or underhanded tactics.
6. THEY DON’T FOCUS TOO MUCH ON THE MIRROR
Someone with inner beauty doesn’t need to love their outer appearance – they just need to know that they are more than it. Our society often forces us to focus on the mirror and the scale, attempting to fold us down into a cookie-cutter ideal of beauty that just isn’t achievable for most people.
Those who are truly beautiful don’t pay attention much to the mirror. They know that their beauty will wither and fade as they age, and they don’t care how the world thinks of their appearance. They focus on other things that make them beautiful and make them glow from the inside out, like:
Intelligence and wisdom
7. THEY FOCUS ON WHAT REALLY MATTERS
A person whose inner beauty shines forth has an impeccable sense of perspective. They like to focus on what matters most in the world, and they have been able to figure out what that is. They do not focus on:
The latest fashion trends
Social media drama
Instead, a beautiful person’s viewpoint is centered around important things that touch the world on a deeper level. This includes:
How their friends and family are feeling
Serving others around them
Social efforts that they could help with
The state of the political, environmental, or economic world
Their own mental and physical health
This is not to say that beautiful people don’t like “trivial” things, either. There’s nothing wrong with enjoying silly reality TV shows, going shopping, or keeping up-to-date on the disagreements happening among their friends or family members. They just don’t dwell on these things. They listen and observe, but save their energy for more important issues.
8. THEY LOVE ALL
Someone with inner beauty loves everyone unconditionally. They want the best for all people, even those who don’t want the same for them, and even those who may be undeserving in the eyes of society. Their love is equal for all, regardless of:
Social or economic status
History or past
This does not mean that beautiful people extend love and spend time with negative or toxic people. It doesn’t mean giving their hearts away to criminals. But it does mean that a beautiful person will not wish bad things onto their souls. They love all and hope for change and improvement from everyone.
9. THEY DON’T JUDGE OTHERS
We’ve briefly mentioned that truly beautiful people don’t see the point in judging others and understand it is not their place. This is a very difficult thing to do in today’s world, which often casts judgment hastily over everyone based on tiny shreds of knowledge. A beautiful person resists this type of behavior.
A person with inner beauty knows that they can never truly get the full picture of someone’s story. All they will ever have are bits and pieces which are either told by people with at least slight biases or observed through their own less-than-perfect eyes.
Someone with inner beauty knows it isn’t their place to pass judgment on to people they know. They are happy to offer insight or assistance to people when asked for advice, but the act of unfair judgment is the furthest thing from their thoughts.
10. THEY ARE BRAVE
Internal beauty requires bravery. One must have the courage to truly be themselves, to be away from their comfort zones for the greater good, to try new things, and to overcome personal hurdles. They use positive thinking and hope for the future in order to fight their way to enlightenment and happiness.
It also takes courage to grow from mistakes, trauma, and difficulties – and this is something that those with inner beauty have. It makes them strong, resilient, and truly, truly beautiful. Their will is stronger than anyone without inner beauty, and they will do what is right when they must, even if it is frightening; courage is not the absence of fear, but the act of doing something in spite of fear.
11. THEY ARE GRATEFUL
Gratitude is an amazing tool. It boosts positive thinking and genuinely makes someone happier. No matter how bad the day, a person with inner beauty can find a number of things to be grateful for. Gratitude habits make a person appreciate life even more.
Here are some ideas of things to be grateful for:
Access to all your basic everyday needs
Friends, family, and relationships
Things you like about yourself
Things you like about your home
A reliable job
Your favorite things
Opportunities to learn and grow
The positive changes you’ve made towards becoming a better person
A small or big favor someone did for you
Something good that happened
Something that made you smile
You can also start a gratitude journal, or make lists of things you’re grateful for every day. Write between three to ten things every single night, no matter how rough your day was, and you’ll begin to see all the beauty in the world – and that will make you beautiful inside.
habits for inner beautyFINAL THOUGHTS ON PEOPLE WITH GENUINE INNER BEAUTY
Though it may be cliché to say, what’s inside is truly what counts. External beauty will go away with time, but your inner beauty will stay with you forever. Work on fostering habits to achieve inner beauty. That is what truly matters and your soul will thank you.