What Makes Something Beautiful?

What Makes Something Beautiful?

Is there a concrete way to measure beauty?
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The idea of beauty, and what is beautiful and what isn’t, seems to be one of those questions that doesn’t have an answer, or at the very least, not one that everyone can agree with. That may be because unlike certain characteristics, such as height, weight, or color, there is no objective way to measure a “quantity” of beauty. Instead, what it comes down to is personal opinion from others as to whether or not someone, or something, is beautiful. But even then, there is no general consensus on what characteristics constitute a “beautiful” person or object, because opinions generally vary depending on where you go, and everybody will have their own unique preferences. Attempting to concretely define “beauty” requires delving into the various questions that arise when trying to sort out exactly who or what should fall into the realm of the "beautiful".

The first issue that arises when attempting to discern beauty is the conflicting nature of physical beauty as opposed inner beauty. There is a saying that “beauty is only skin deep,” but certainly one’s inner qualities must have some influence on that person’s measure of beauty. Is a person who has physically “beautiful” qualities, but a terrible personality, considered holistically beautiful? If not, are they then just “half beautiful?” And in the reverse situation, if the way someone looks isn’t very appealing to your taste, yet you know how amazing of a person they really are, are they just “really nice,” or can they too be considered beautiful? In a way, it really depends on how much the individual assessing that person’s beauty values their specific inner and outer qualities, which in itself can be affected by a variety of factors or bias. For instance, if a man would be considered all around beautiful, both inside and out, but has a distinct resemblance to someone that a person has an intense hatred for, chances are that particular person would be hard pressed to find that man to be beautiful. No matter how widely accepted their attractiveness is, an individual’s level beauty is at the mercy of whatever preferences the one judging them holds.

But even beyond the realm of physical and inner beauty is the argument over whether or not beauty is limited to that which we can observe with our eyes. Though sight may be most widely associated with beauty, surely it couldn’t be the only one of five senses to be able to experience it. Plenty of people would be willing to describe a piece of music, or perhaps someone’s voice, as beautiful. And, unlike visual beauty, it is much easier to distinguish the good sounds from the bad, as there are certain pitches or tones that are universally regarded as unpleasant, and vice versa. But what about things that can’t be seen or heard? More abstract ideas, such as feelings, have been described as beautiful in the past. Spending time with someone you care about or just enjoy being around may produce a feeling inside that, although difficult to explain, can only be described as beautiful. Perhaps upon a first impression, one may not consider someone else to be particularly beautiful, but upon spending enough time with them, discovers how wonderful they really are through the beautiful feeling they get every time they’re with them. And what about actions? A man proposing to his significant other may or may not be visually appealing, but the atmosphere it creates could easily be described by those witnessing it as beautiful. President Obama giving a heartfelt speech on the tragedies surrounding gun control evokes emotion and commands respect because it is delivered beautifully.

So where does one go from here? The closest “definition” that one could come up with for beauty would have to encompass a broad spectrum of ideas and topics. Though objective qualifications of beauty are heard to come by, there is one general aspect that all things considered beautiful share: they all make us feel good inside. As simple as it may sound, this claim is undeniable. Think about what influence beauty has on you upon experiencing it. Whether it be a person, sound, or feeling, it always leaves you wanting a bit more, yet strangely content with the amount you have just witnessed. True beauty reminds you of just how amazing something can be, a sentiment that is often forgotten between glimpses of its magnificence. In a less philosophical sense, one could be left with this: Beauty is the sense created by a person, object, feeling, action, or anything else that leaves one dumbstruck at the idea that something could be so inherently amazing.

Cover Image Credit: women's health magazine

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To The Girl Struggling With Her Body Image

It's not about the size of your jeans, but the size of your heart, soul, and spirit.

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To the girl struggling with her body image,

You are more than the number on the scale. You are more than the number on your jeans and dresses. You are way more than the number of pounds you've gained or lost in whatever amount of time.

Weight is defined as the quantity of matter contained by a body or object. Weight does not define your self-worth, ambition or potential.

So many girls strive for validation through the various numbers associated with body image and it's really so sad seeing such beautiful, incredible women become discouraged over a few numbers that don't measure anything of true significance.

Yes, it is important to live a healthy lifestyle. Yes, it is important to take care of yourself. However, taking care of yourself includes your mental health as well. Neglecting either your mental or physical health will inflict problems on the other. It's very easy to get caught up in the idea that you're too heavy or too thin, which results in you possibly mistreating your body in some way.

Your body is your special, beautiful temple. It harbors all of your thoughts, feelings, characteristics, and ideas. Without it, you wouldn't be you. If you so wish to change it in a healthy way, then, by all means, go ahead. With that being said, don't make changes to impress or please someone else. You are the only person who is in charge of your body. No one else has the right to tell you whether or not your body is good enough. If you don't satisfy their standards, then you don't need that sort of negative influence in your life. That sort of manipulation and control is extremely unhealthy in its own regard.

Do not hold back on things you love or want to do because of how you interpret your body. You are enough. You are more than enough. You are more than your exterior. You are your inner being, your spirit. A smile and confidence are the most beautiful things you can wear.

It's not about the size of your jeans. It's about the size of your mind and heart. Embrace your body, observe and adore every curve, bone and stretch mark. Wear what makes you feel happy and comfortable in your own skin. Do your hair and makeup (or don't do either) to your heart's desire. Wear the crop top you've been eyeing up in that store window. Want a bikini body? Put a bikini on your body, simple.

So, as hard as it may seem sometimes, understand that the number on the scale doesn't measure the amount or significance of your contributions to this world. Just because that dress doesn't fit you like you had hoped doesn't mean that you're any less of a person.

Love your body, and your body will love you right back.

Cover Image Credit: Lauren Margliotti

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20 Amazing Songs You Need For Your Travel Music Videos

Planning to make your new travel video? Use one of these songs as your perfect background music!

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Based on the mood you're currently feeling, here are 20 different songs categorized by when you should use them for a traveling music video:


1. For Those Classic Summer Feels

"Harvest Moon" by Poolside

"Gone" by JR JR

"Hold My Hand" by Jess Glynne

"Summer" by Calvin Harris

For all the lake adventures and mission trips, these are the perfect songs to put behind them to share your experience. Using these songs, your video can have a perfect summer vibe to it!

2. For A Good Winter Vacation

"The Days" by Avicii

"Something Just Like This" by The Chainsmokers

"Roses" by The Chainsmokers

"It Ain't Me" by Kygo ft. Selena Gomez

It's hard finding a perfect song for a cold winter day. These songs can work amazingly to any snowy adventurous video you've made for your winter break.

3. For Everyday Adventures

"Shut Up and Dance" by WALK THE MOON

"To Let Myself Go" by The Avener

"All That Matters" by Justin Bieber

"Youth" by Troye Sivan

We all have our daily vlogs filled with school and friends. These songs can put a touch of amusement and thrill to these videos!

4. For The Perfect Spring Break At The Beach

"Steal My Girl" by One Direction

"The Nights" by Avicii

"Runaways" by Galantis

"Bohemian Rhapsody" by Queen

Every girl has the perfect week at the beach once a year! These songs can show off how incredible your experience with your friends was.

5. For Those City Nights

"Bullet Train" by Stephen Swartz

"Love You Like A Love Song" by Selena Gomez

"G.O.M.D." by J. Cole

"The Heart Wants What It Wants" by Selena Gomez

We all take visits to the city and never have the right songs to make a video with. These upbeat songs will make your city vlog into a perfect travel video!

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