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February 24, 2011

Self-Concept Thursday!

5 Ways to Outwardly Show Your Inner Pretty
by Kim Jackson of Peace, Love, and Pretty Things


Your inner pretty is about the beauty of your personality, your strength, your character, and all your other inner traits. But there are ways to showcase that inner pretty on the outside so that other people can see it and feel it:

Smile.
Few things are as contagious as a genuine, welcoming smile. Smiling is an outward representation of your inner joy. Why not share that joy with others?

Look a stranger in the eye and greet them.
Often we’re so busy checking off our personal “to-do” lists that we burrow through the day with our heads buried and our shoulders braced against potential opposing forces. Just once during your day: look up, catch someone’s eye and say hello.

Send a hand-written note or card to someone you care about.
In this digital age--where almost everyone you know and/or care about is accessible with a quick click of your mouse or press of a button on your smart phone--handwritten notes have fallen largely by the wayside. It is for this very reason that an artfully penned letter or card to someone you care about will go such a long way. It lets them know that you don’t mind taking a few extra moments out of your day to express how much you miss them and/or love them.

Volunteer for a cause from which you will not benefit directly.
Instead of volunteering at your child’s school, work with an after-school program for at-risk youth; or run for a cause that has not adversely affected anyone that you know. By being of service in a capacity that neither you nor anyone you care about benefits from directly, you can better feel the effects of the service itself.

Commit a random act of kindness.
Last week, my co-worker brought in a candle in the shape of a pink and white cupcake for me because she knows I love pink. She was in Target, thought of me when she saw it, and bought it--just like that. That adorable little trinket makes me smile every time I look over at it—not because of WHAT it is, but because of the thought behind it. What random act of kindness can you commit that will brighten someone else’s day?

What are some other ways you show off your inner pretty? Chime in!

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special_k said...

Great post. These are all things that I do almost on a daily basis. My husband calls me 'smurfy' because I have no problems sparking conversations with random strangers.

Dionne said...

Loved this post! :)

Anonymous said...

I need to smile more. People always tell me that I am too serious, so let me start now :)

Anonymous said...

This is a great post. I've been telling myself that I need to smile more since it seems like people feel more comfortable starting a conversation with me when I'm smiling.

Anonymous said...

I helped a manager in Macy*s pick up coats that had fallen on the floor. Lol! Not my job, but the sheer volume was too much for one person.

Nicole said...

In some cultures, looking a stranger in the eye can be quite dangerous. In Latin America, if you look a person in the eye, it's seen as a threat. In Nigeria, if a woman looks a man in the eye and says hello he will try to be with her at all costs. Also, don't look dogs in the eyes.

Nicole said...

I also find that it's better not to be so self-focused. God comes first always and then your community. Whenever I am praising and obeying God and making time for my community, family, and friends, I feel whole.

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