Attractive at Any Age
Since entering my thirties, I’ve noticed some definite signs that my body is indeed aging. And while it’s disappointing that my hair isn’t as luscious or I have a wrinkle here and there, I have done my best to put my blemishes and imperfections aside, yet continue to feel beautiful.
Some people assume that a person’s physical appearance dictates their physical attractiveness, and while I will agree that an aesthetically good looking person can initially be attractive, I also know that physical appearance can only go so far. A person who is beautiful on the outside, but doesn’t practice kindness, becomes significantly attractive. Besides physical appeal, there are several characteristics that work in conjunction to make you more attractive to those around you.
Be confident. It’s hard to describe in words how to be confident, but it is attractive when someone can find that perfect balance of humility and self-assuredness. I found that by walking with my head up and my shoulders back, I exude confidence even if I’m feeling a little down. People are drawn to others who are comfortable with themselves, so work it!
Smile. Smiling at someone is one of the most powerful tools to make others feel comfortable. Smiling shows people you care, and I’ve noticed that when I smile at someone, they almost always return the compliment. A simple smile can make a person’s day, so let your smile shine...and maybe even show some teeth.
Be kind. There is nothing I find more attractive than an act of kindness. When people show their love to someone through a gesture of kindness, it makes me want to be around that person. A warm, generous heart trumps any physical characteristic in terms of attractiveness.
Take care of yourself. Your body is a your temple, so treat it that way. Make sure you get enough rest, eat healthy meals, drink water, and be active. Take pride in making healthy living a priority. That doesn’t mean you have to look like a movie star every day either...sweats and a t-shirt can still be attractive. Just own it!
Smell good. Okay, maybe I’m kidding, but only a little. I usually try to put things in the positive light, but in this case, I will make an exception. When you don’t smell great, it’s difficult for others to hang around. I have an extra sensitive,olfactory system, which can be bad. So, don’t forget the deodorant. And don’t overdo the perfume or cologne. Find a healthy balance!
Embrace your assets. We all have positive personality traits and physical qualities that we should be proud of. It’s important to identify what ours are and use them. If you are a great artist, share your talent with others. It’s quite attractive to see the passion people have about the things that they love.
Work on yourself. Let’s face it, we all have things areas we need to work on, so don’t be afraid to do that. When people see that we are working on improving our weaknesses, it is attractive. People who are motivated to succeed and continue to work toward being their best selves are hard not to want to be around. Realize that the goal isn’t perfection, but continued improvement.
Beauty is fleeting. I’m reminded of this every time I find a new grey hair on my head. I’ve had the pleasure of meeting women in their 80s and 90s who are still rocking it, so while the grey hairs and wrinkles may start adding up, we can all still find ways to let our beauty shine.