I'm sure we've all hurried at some point in our lives, down to the beach or the top of a hill not to miss the sunset. we'll stand, stare and remain silent as the few shades of orange stretch over the horizon.
Just like painter who keeps changing his mind about what colors to use, the sun finally settles everything with tones of pink and mild yellow before fading into dazzling whiteness. Suddenly we are marveled and uplifted.
All beauty and art evoke harmonies. Transport us to a place where for only seconds stops and we are one with the world. it is the best life has to offer.
WHAT BEAUTY FEELS LIKE
We've all at some point experienced the feeling of being fully immersed in the beauty of something or someone. Yet I think trying to explain it or make sense of what it feels like to witness something beautiful is quite tricky. How would you describe it? I mean we know that beauty whether in form of a dance pattern a song or something completely abstract, awakens and emotional responsiveness. A broad range of emotions.
Admiration, Awe, Fascination, Nostalgia, Hope, Empathy and we know that we can experience that via all of our senses. Let's take rain for example.
Sight - The way that it falls from the sky nourishes nature making the greens greener and the streets of this sometimes dirty city cleaner.
Sound - The soothing hum of white noise as the raindrops hit the window while you're inside your home.
Smell - The earthy scent that spreads through the air as the rain hits the ground is known as petrichor.
Taste - Well water touches the relief as the rain interrupts a hot summer day leaving the air feeling slightly damp against our skin. What comes to your mind when you think of rain and why it's beautiful.
BEAUTY FOR THE SAKE OF BEAUTY
Beauty adds no tangible benefit to things. Yes, we may experience happiness, inspiration, a boost of creativity, and motivation but beauty is mostly just entertainment for the mind. A room isn't necessarily better or more functional because its interior is pleasing to the eye, neither is a building, a dish, or a website. Yet we want it, we're drawn to it, we seek it out.
Take flowers for example as much as I love them, I'll admit they're kind of useless. Sure, one can make an argument that there's an indirect benefit to keeping flowers in your space because they boost your mood which leads to more enthusiasm, which leads to more productivity.
But none of them is the reason I get flowers. I get them so that whenever I look up for my laptop or walk past them on my way to the kitchen, there's something beautiful there for me to look at and admire. Even if it's just for a single moment. They also fill my home with a nice aroma but that's it.
WHY BEAUTY MATTERS
Now is this all about vanity, shallowness, that can be but it isn't inherently? We know from research that beauty is about so much more. Did you know that just seeing photos of a beautiful landscape can release feel-good hormones in your brain? I even read somewhere that looking at art can have the same psychological effect as romantic love.
The fact is that beauty can make us happier. Aesthetically pleasing environments can improve our well-being, I mean one of the reasons that I choose to live in the city is because it's so beautiful.
So what's the takeaway here? What do you think the takeaway is?
I think the takeaway is that it's probably a good idea to be more mindful of the important role that beauty plays in our lives and to be more intentional with bringing beauty into our lives, to enrich our lives with more aesthetic experiences and pleasures.
I always say that life is never dull, you're just used to it. Although it might be a bit of a stretch, I think it's a good note to keep in your back pocket so that you're always carrying a piece of curiosity and wonder with you like that of a child because the beauty of everyday mundane is so easily overlooked.