Self-Concept Thursday!
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:


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!