How beautiful do you feel? It’s probably not a question you get asked every day, but it’s likely one that you think about often — when you look in the mirror, open a magazine (especially one filled with airbrushed images of already gorgeous models!), or compare yourself to that always-pulled-together co-worker down the hall. Beauty takes many forms and it means different things to each of us. What’s interesting is that it’s much less superficial and abstract than most people realize. Beauty is actually precisely perceived, purposeful, and rooted less in random opinion than in hard science, according to Drs. Michael F. Roizen and Mehmet C. Oz in their book YOU: Being Beautiful. They say that traditional outer beauty isn’t just about looking good. “Outer beauty serves as a proxy of how healthy you are; it’s the message you send to others about your health,” say Drs. Roizen and Oz. Healthy habits — being active, eating whole, real foods, managing your stress and getting the sleep you need — all contribute to a more beautiful you.
Outer beauty isn’t the only type that’s important, though. “Inner beauty — the idea of feeling good and being happy — also has tremendous health implications in every aspect of your life,” say Drs. Roizen and Oz. In fact, we think it’s so important that we’ve created entire areas of ClevelandClinicWellness.com to help you understand how to live happier and feel confident in your body so that you become your most beautiful self — strong, happy and healthy, inside and out.