“You’re beautiful as you feel”

July 21, 2008

When I read this article, the first thing I thought of was this snippet of lyrics from the 1971 song “Beautiful” by singer/songwriter Carole King :

You got to get up ev’ry mornin’ with a smile on your face and show the world all the love in your heart. Then people gonna treat you better. You’re gonna find, yes, you will, That you’re beautiful as you feel.

The article talks about a new book by Dr. Debra Luftman and Dr. Eva Ritvo, a dermatologist and a psychotherapist, who have combined forces to help women feel better about themselves both outside and inside. Their book, The Beauty Prescription, takes a holistic approach. They realize that some beauty issues are, literally, skin-deep…but others are deeper, like healthy habits, positive thoughts and selfless deeds.

For me, one of the most interesting ideas from the doctors-turned-authors is that others see us as 20 per cent more attractive than we think we are. Why the difference? According to the doctors, it’s because other people factor in our personality and how we express ourselves — while we tend to see only our outer appearance.

On challenging days, we might feel better reminding ourselves what the doctors said!


One comment

  1. Great post, Cindy! I’d like to read this book. Our media and culture have made it so difficult for women of all ages to feel at home in their own skin. Very few women feel they “measure up” to the impossible (and unhealthy) standards shown in women’s mags and on TV. There’s a glimmer of hope when books like this challenge media standards.

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