Before you read any further, will you do me a quick favor? Find a mirror, take a look at yourself, and pay attention to the thoughts and feelings that run through your head. Don’t feel silly. It’s okay. And I’ll still be here when you get back (promise).
Done? Let’s continue. How did that feel? Did your brain think positive thoughts like, “I look super cute today!” or did you put yourself down because you hate your thighs, hips, arms, or (insert body part here)? If I had to guess, I imagine most of you put yourselves down (and you need to stop doing that). Have you ever had a friend who was so skinny that a high gust of wind could carry her away, yet she never stopped talking about how “fat” she was. She felt this way because the mirror is a dirty liar. What you see in your reflection has a lot more to do with how you perceive yourself than how others perceive you. We are all guilty of beating ourselves up, so to encourage a healthy dose of self-love, I made a list of 10 reasons why you are attractive (yes, I’m talking to you!).
1. You care.
You can’t put a price tag on genuine care and concern. Imagine all of the lives you have touched by the simple act of caring. There are few things more attractive than compassion.
2. You have strength of character.
No matter what life throws at you, you keep moving forward. No matter how many times you fall down, you keep getting back up. No matter how many struggles you face, you stand firm. Your strength to keep on living and stay true to yourself speaks highly of your character.
3. Your hair is gorgeous (and fun to play with).
Blonde, black, brown, red, yellow, pink, or polka-dotted? Doesn’t matter. Long and luxurious, suave and styled, short and sweet, spiked like a punk? All good. Maybe you don’t even have hair, and that’s okay too, because then your head will be all soft and smooth!
4. Your smile makes me smile.
There is nothing more attractive than a genuine smile. Show your pearly whites because happiness is contagious.
5. Mmmmm, brains…
sapiosexual (n.): a personal sexually attracted to intelligence or the human mind
Your wit tickles my brain’s fancy. Your unquenchable thirst for knowledge is uber attractive.
6. You are fascinated with the world.
Curiosity about the world and everything in it is a super attractive trait. The ceaseless asking of the question “Why?” means you will never run out of things to learn about, read about, and talk about.
7. Giggle, giggle, giggle, snort!
Laughing is one of the best calorie-burning activities ever. Keep sharing giggles with everyone you come across because there is already enough darkness in the world. Be a source of light instead.
Debating about things like politics and religion can grow our perspective and help us see where other people are coming from. But your ability to treat people equally no matter how different from you they may be is an attractive quality that shows you are worthy of respect.
9. You give thanks.
Your gratefulness shows that you appreciate the people who help you and the blessings in your life. If we can’t be thankful for what we do have, what makes us think obtaining what we don’t have will make us feel any better? Your thankfulness is incredibly attractive.
10. You are who you are.
There is nothing more attractive than a person who is 100% comfortable in his or her skin. Love your body. Be unapologetic about who you are. Walk with confidence. Hug yourself because you are beautiful. Love yourself because you are wonderful. Smile because you deserve it.
I hope you enjoyed this list of 10 reasons why you are attractive and I would be thrilled if you would leave a comment with something you love about yourself. That could be a favorite feature of your body, a personality trait you think is neat, or a character strength that helps you succeed. Let’s hear it!
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