Far too often, we focus on what can be seen at surface-level. People tend to describe others with words like tall, short, pretty, skinny, thick, blonde, brunette, big, little, and other appearance-focused descriptors.
While using this type of language in conversations has emerged as a commonplace in modern American culture, it confines complex human beings to simple, shallow boxes.
Describing people based on superficial observations leaves no room to focus on strengths, traits, and qualities that make people beautiful, regardless of what can be seen at the surface. Next time you are trying to describe or compliment someone, consider the following words and look within— you'll be surprised how much people appreciate it:
This is not an exhaustive list and I know there are many great words out there, but I hope these words makes you think of people in your life who possess these qualities.
There is so much more to people than what can be seen at first sight and the world would be a better place if we broke the habit of describing people based on their physical appearance.