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What is Inner Beauty?



Hi everybody, this is Mike Staver, and this is Mondays with Mike, a weekly video series where I answer questions. Here’s this week’s question.

What does inner beauty really mean?


Maybelline. I don’t know what inner beauty really means!

It’s a very subjective question. I do know what inner beauty means, and it means that you don’t have inner ugly, and there are some inner ugly, ugly, ugly people.

Inner beauty, and this is my bias, means to me that you have clarity and authenticity and that you come from a place of personal responsibility. If I see a person who genuinely comes from a place of abundance and caring and really extends themself for others out of the abundance of who they are as human beings, I think that’s really beautiful. Honest, I think it’s a really cool thing. And they don’t have to do it by flying overseas and feeding hungry kids, although I do think that’s amazing, they could do it just by interaction. Like the guys here working today, it’s been a great experience, we’ve had some really good laughs. I think that’s inner beauty, that’s what creates inner beauty – hanging out with people that you care about and that are good and with whom you can express yourself and be real. I think humility is inner beauty. I think caring about others without being careless with the way you allow others to take advantage of you, that’s all inner beauty.

Now, I think it’s important though to remember that you cannot lean on inner beauty if you’re outwardly ugly – and I don’t mean that you crack mirrors. I mean that if you show up in the world where you live and you’re kind of difficult, hard to get along with, demanding, and not humble. I don’t care what kind of inner you have, your outer is so bad nobody wants to be around you. That’s not their problem that’s your problem. In psychology it’s called mood congruence. My insides and my outsides are not in direct conflict all the time.

I also will say (this is going to get me in so much trouble)… I don’t think you can neglect yourself and say “Well, I’m leaning on inner beauty.” You know, if you’re face down in the buffet at Golden Corral every single day and you’re not taking care of yourself, you don’t take good care of your health and you go “Well, I’m pretty on the inside” then here’s what you need to know. If we don’t take better care of ourselves physically and emotionally, then spiritually and psychologically we can’t thrive. So I think that’s very important.

I hope that answers your question and I hope you still watch after that answer. I’m Mike Staver, this is Mondays with Mike.

Until next time, take care.

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