What is the Definition of True Beauty?

What is the definition of true beauty?

When you think of someone who possess true beauty, who comes to mind?

What is it that makes them beautiful?

Is it their appearance?

Are they beautiful because of their figure? Is it their clothing, hair, and makeup? Or does their beauty spring from somewhere deeper?

What makes us beautiful?

Singer and songwriter Cherie Call answer this question in her song Beautiful. She sings, “it’s what you give that makes you beautiful”

At Shea Aesthetic Clinic, we believe it is what we give of ourselves that truly makes us beautiful and that true beauty is found in the loving relationships we develop with our family and friends

At Shea, as we are busily removing wrinkles, shaping up sagging skin, forever finishing off fat, and providing fancy facials, we want everyone to remember what true beauty really is.

Keats, in his poem Endymion, wrote, “a thing of beauty is a joy forever.” It’s what we give that makes us beautiful. It’s the love and the relationships we share with those around us.

What makes us beautiful?

True beauty is far beyond skin-deep.  When our countenance glows with inner peace and happiness, we radiate real beauty.

Happiness comes from what we give of ourselves to others. It comes from the love we feel in relationships that are dear to us. We are most beautiful when we are reaching out to, lifting, helping, and thus, loving others.

Happiness is one of the most attractive accessories anyone can have, and a smile is the most charming cosmetic. Well-applied makeup can enhance appearance, but no amount of eyeshadow, mascara or lipstick could possibly compete with the natural attractiveness of an authentic smile. These kinds of smiles brighten a room and cheer up those that notice them. A warm smile communicates friendship, love, and optimism much more so that any product ever could. A kind smile puts others at ease and is welcoming. So, wear your most charming cosmetic today by sharing your beautiful smile.

Our degree of happiness is largely a choice we make every day.  We have far more control over our happiness than most of us realize. It’s sometimes easy to become discouraged by our circumstances or allow others to frustrate us. However, for the most part, happiness is something we decide to experience. We have the power to choose happiness. It’s all the more empowering to smile through a stormy day. So, today and every day, choose to be happy regardless of the circumstances you’ll face.

Author and influential youth leader, Elaine Dalton, met a beautiful set of grandparents and described the grandmother like this: “She did not wear a crown of sparkling diamonds, nor was she seated on a throne, [but] I knew she was a true queen. Her white hair was her crown and her pure eyes sparkled like jewels.  As the grandfather spoke of their family and their life together, their intertwined hands spoke volumes about their love. Joy radiated from their faces. Hers was a beauty that cannot be purchased. It came from years of seeking the best gifts, becoming well educated, seeking knowledge by study and also by faith.  It came from years of hard work of faithfully enduring trials with optimism, trust, strength and courage. It came from her unwavering devotion and fidelity to her husband, her family, and to God.”

The kind of beauty possessed by these dear grandparents is the only beauty that really matters: the only beauty that truly lasts.  A thing of beauty, like these loving grandparents, is certainly a joy forever.

So, as you are receiving treatments here at Shea Aesthetic Clinic, please remember that true beauty shines from the inside out. It cannot be painted on, surgically created, or purchased. It does not wash off. The beauty that grows from a life of giving of yourself to others will glow in your eyes and shine from your face. True beauty is attractive to those who value and seek it. To attract beautiful people into your life, live a beautiful life of giving and caring for others.

The world places so much emphasis on physical attractiveness that it has you believe that you are to look like the elusive model on the cover of a magazine. We want you to know that each of you is uniquely beautiful and each of us has the capacity to increase our beauty by increasing the depth, value, and closeness of the relationships we have with our family members and friends.

In all sincerity, if you are discouraged about your appearance, please see yourself through the eyes of the One who made you, your Father in Heaven. He sees your divine nature. You are His child. He loves you. You are perfect in His eyes. The mirror which He holds before us if we will only raise our heads to look is the one in which we should trust, it reflects an image of beauty… an image that is true and never distorted. Choosing to follow Him is the only way to find lasting happiness and true beauty.


As Johann Wolfgang von Goethe put it, “A man sees in the world what he carries in his heart” (Faust, Part I, line 179). As we carry peace and happiness in our hearts, this life and the experiences it provides us will be beautiful to us and we in turn will be beautiful to everyone around us.


Kirk Bass, M.D.

Shea Aesthetic Clinic

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