The Beauty of Making Others Happy

(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)

Christmas is one week away and I have a fun Gift-mas idea for us, the Glosse Girls, to do! πŸ™‚

Gather your samples or travel-size items, such as shampoos and soaps or even mascaras and lip balms, and prepare a little package for someone feeling lonely this season. This could be someone who’s homeless, an international student or an expat, or someone who simply looks left out. Surprise them with a little present, whatever it is. Β There’s nothing more rewarding than seeing the surprise and happiness on people’s faces. If these beauty items make us feel good about ourselves – however frivolous or short-term it can be – then why not share (or pass on) that feeling with others? πŸ™‚

If you don’t have any new samples or travel-size items at your home, or if you aren’t planning on spending any more money, here’s something all of us can do on a regular basis:

COMPLIMENT. Compliment sincerely.

It could be telling people that you like:

  • the sound of their laughter
  • their smile
  • their style or outfit
  • their hair colour or style
  • their beautiful/handsome features
  • how well-behaved their child is

…and anything else that comes to mind!

Some of you, I’m sure, are very good at this. I admire that you can go up to a stranger and compliment them. It’s something I want to work on as I feel like a shy little turtle, too afraid to conquer my fears even though it could make someone’s day. I’ve often regretted not finding the courage to approach a stranger to let them know what I admire about them. It should be an easy task, something simple that can make a world of difference.

So this Christmas, go out and spread the good cheer! There’s nothing more beautiful than smiles and the knowledge that one is admired or loved. πŸ™‚

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The Power of Smiles & Laughter

(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)

Continuing on with this month’s inner beauty theme, I would like to encourage our Glosse Posse to continue to SMILE and to LAUGH, especially during this festive season. πŸ™‚

It’s amazing how one smile can be the simplest way to make a huge difference. It puts you in a better mood but it also makes anyone who sees you loosen up. One blogger put this to test on the train in the UK: she smiled as she passed by everyone and slowly, the quiet (and sad or apathetic?) passengers started to chatter happily amongst themselves. The entire mood on the train had changed because of one smile. Well done! πŸ™‚

Once you’re smiling, it won’t take long for you to start laughing. By the way, laughter truly is the best medicine. I have found that even when I’m feeling quite ill, laughing (or croaking) can clear up my throat and change my mood. Suddenly, I feel as if I am almost healthy again and stronger than before. So put on a comedy or read something funny and start laughing!

Both of these will also make your eyes brighten up. You look approachable and full of life! πŸ™‚

Have a good week! πŸ˜€

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Inner Beauty: Beautiful Eyes

(This post was written for The Glosse Posse.)

As Christmas fast approaches, I’d like to focus on inner beauty this month. This week, I take my inspiration from one line from the ‘Time Tested Beauty‘ poem by American humorist, Sam Levenson (though it is often misquoted as Audrey Hepburn’s):

“For lovely eyes, seek out the good in people.”

We are too accustomed to seeing the negative parts in everyone that we end up making ourselves even more miserable. It’s an infectious habit of not thinking before voicing our thoughts. We think that by pointing out someone’s flaws, we will feel better about our good qualities. Instead, I think it makes us worse than those whom we criticise.

Let us focus instead on seeing the good traits in others. We must learn to see past appearances and different styles, and find beauty in everyone.Β After all, is that not what accentuates the beauty of icons such as Audrey Hepburn; Diana, Princess of Wales; and the Duchess of Cambridge?

This is what I believe makes a glosse girl beautiful.

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