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4 of 11 Ways to Feel Beautiful

In Self Improvement on March 7, 2010 at 10:29 pm

(not one point involves applying makeup)

I found an attractive positive points list in an O Magazine. There are 11 in all, but I have a feeling if I typed out an 11 point “honey do-to-yourself list” — many would likely stop short on the read either out of fear that “the contents look too long” or because “the list may actually help”. Feeling beautiful always helps and time put into the effort of doing so is not ever too long. You’re worth it. Enjoy!

1. Stand (And Sit) Tall
“Your brain is constantly checking in with the rest of your body to find out how you’re feeling.” says Kelly McGonigal, PhD, a health psychologist at Stanford University/. “When your posture is erect, the message it gets is: I feel good about myself“ One study, p;ublished last year in the European Journal of Social Psychology, found that subjects whgo sat up straight in their chairs instead of slouching were more confident about statements they wrote. Keeping your shoulders back and chest open also makes you look taller, slimmer, and radiantly self assured.

2. Be An Observant – Not a Judge
Don’t issue good/bad/pretty/ugly judgments when you look in the mirror. “If you have a scar, you can decide to see it as a flaw or simply as a memo9ry of an injury”, says Stacey Tantleff-Dunn, PhD, associate professor of psychology at the University of Central Florida and director of the Laboratory of the Study of Eating Appearance & Health. Try to take in your physical attributes the way you would those of a child or beloved friend – with appreciation and acceptance, not criticism.

3. Find Something to Admire — In Yourself
“Studies using eye-tracking technology have shown that people who are unhappy with their appearance zero in on their perceived flaws when they look in the mirror”, says Nancy Etcoff, PhD, director of the Program in Aesthetics and Well Being at Massachusetts General Hospital. Turn your gaze on the feature you like (we know you have at least one). “Wen your eyes take in something that pleases you, your brain’s reward system is activated, lifting your whole mood”, says Etcoff.

4. Put on a HAPPY FACE
“We all find smiling faces more attractive than nonsmiling ones”, says Paul Ekman, PhD, professor emeritus of psychology at the University of California San Francisco School of Medicine, who has studied facial expression for several decades. A smile not only lifts the muscles around the eyes and lips for a more youthful appearance, but also generates a feel-good ripple effect: Your brain gets an instant mood boost from the muscle contractions, and that boost is maintained as people smile back at you.

Add a numerical point or two to your daily hue,
I’m Qui
A huge fan of a more Beautiful [me &] You.

Please Stay Tuned for the remainder of the points
As I continue to serve these SELF IMPROVEMNT joints.