There is a beautiful nature to all people – past and present, living or dead. Sometimes, this inner beauty is so powerful that the person becomes legend. Mother Theresa of Calcutta, Jesus of Nazareth, Mohandas Gandhi, Martin Luther King, Jr., Gautama Buddha, Nelson Mandela, John Lennon, Princess Diana, and many more. The names of these truly beautiful people will live in the history books until the end of time.
But, more importantly, there are millions of people on this planet who – by their very presence, famous or not, known or unknown – are helping to sustain the humanity found in us all. And, if any one of the numerous recent events are any indication, we need these people now more than ever.
Did you ever notice that the most beautiful people – the most peaceful and loving among us – share many of the same characteristics? They all just seem to have a sort of “glow” to them, don’t they?
Well, let’s go a little deeper – and discuss 8 characteristics of truly beautiful people. Don’t be surprised if you see a few things on this list that you recognize in your beautiful self!
8 Habits of Truly Beautiful People
“No material object, however beautiful or valuable, can make us feel loved, because our deeper identity and true character lie in the subjective nature of the mind.” – The Dalai Lama
Truly beautiful people are loving.
Yes, truly beautiful people are loving. They show this love in a multitude of ways, and it is usually evident in what they do and say. True beauty and a loving nature always exist in the person or thing that is truly beautiful. The love that is in a truly beautiful person’s heart cannot help but to be expressed – including to those who are “undeserving” of such.
Truly beautiful people are selfless.
Take a look at the life of Jesus of Nazareth. Most religious texts mention Jesus’ loving disposition and generosity, even texts written by those who do not necessarily believe in his divinity. Constituents of major religions and spiritual traditions – including Buddhism, Judaism, Hinduism, and Islam – regard Jesus as a prophet or a holy man, if not the savior of humankind. Much of this has to do with Jesus’ selfless acts of love and kindness – giving all that he had, including his life – as a testament to his love.
Truly beautiful people are peaceful.
“Cause no harm” is a motto of truly beautiful people. This sentiment extends to people, the animals, and the planet – it has no bounds. Martin Luther King Jr. is an outstanding example of peace, particularly in the face of oppression. While it is hard to maintain a peaceful nature among turbulence, truly beautiful people are exemplary in this regard.
Truly beautiful people are non-judgmental.
Sadly, we live in a society that often casts judgment on people out of ignorance and a misplaced sense of superiority. People who possess true beauty can see through these falsehoods, choosing to love all people regardless of their skin color, religion, sexual orientation, economic status, political affiliation, or any number of attributes. They can do so because they know that what truly defines a human being cannot be articulated with any semblance of accuracy.
Truly beautiful people are humble.
Humility and true inner beauty are inseparable traits. Truly beautiful people realize that they, despite the attitudes of others, are no more and no less human than everyone else. Some people display a sense of false humility, wherein a misguided sense of superiority remains but is merely not exhibited in behavior. People with true beauty recognize this deception and are as weary of it as they are with individuals who incessantly and, often undeservedly, boast about themselves.
Truly beautiful people are honest.
Truly beautiful people view honesty in word and deed as not only a noble behavior but a requisite one. Such attitudes also extend as these people view themselves. In the context of truthfulness, they place enormous importance on remaining true to self. Refusing to engage in self-deception while holding oneself accountable is empowering, and enables the truly beautiful person to live a purpose-driven life – and one with minimal regrets.
Truly beautiful people are peacemakers.
The history books showcase studies about peacemakers. People who, without resorting to violence, advocated for a cause far bigger than themselves. Very recently in the United States, we’ve seen peaceful protests concerning various issues. The regulation of guns. Mistreatment of immigrant families. The rights of veterans and minorities. In most of these cases, a group of like-minded, beautiful people marched in peace, together. Together, they demanded change to a wave of violence, hate, and ignorance. They chose to concentrate their efforts on building a more peaceful world.
Truly beautiful people are courageous.
It was Gandhi who said, “Strength does not come from physical capacity. It comes from an indomitable will.”
This quote is both powerful, relevant, and timely. As in Gandhi’s time, many powers today view strength solely through the lens of military might and the accumulation of arms. Truly beautiful people see righteousness as the only real (and necessary) measure of strength. It takes courage, strength, and will to take a stand for what is right. And to do so despite the presence of fear.