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Friday 23-July-10

What is beauty?

I sat on a train recently opposite two women. As a human male, I naturally assessed their attractiveness as prospective partners. Of course I did nothing further, but this sizing up, if we are honest, is a programming that most men cannot avoid.

One was a beautiful young woman with made-up almond eyes. The other was an older, somewhat overweight lady. So who was most attractive? Perhaps contrary to programming, I thought the older lady better. Why? It was a lot to do with humour. The young woman never smiled and seemed to be lost in negative thoughts as scowls crossed her face. On the other hand, the older lady seemed comfortable in herself as she gaily chatted and laughed with her companion.

Attractiveness is more than physical and a relaxed smile makes a lot of difference. If you look miserable, angry or otherwise negative, you will lose a lot of friends (and potential friends). And if you show yourself as a warm, contented individual, you will likely find yourself a lot more popular.


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