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How do you bring beauty and happiness into your own life and the lives of others?

Beauty is very important to me, and I'm interested in people's perceptions of beauty and their methods for enlarging beauty - in their own lives and in the lives of others.

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  • Apr 10 2013: Hello . . .

    The first time beauty came to my life when I could finally realize the beauty of nature. The beauty of nature is the most perfect and everlasting beauty.

    And for the first happiness I have reached was when I sincerely gave my whole energy and strength to service others and gave my biggest effort in helping those who are in need. Through that, I believe I had succeeded bring happiness. Besides that, giving your smile may also bring happiness to others.

    Giving a smile and a helping hand to others are the simplest way to bring happiness to my own life and the lives of others.
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      Apr 10 2013: Oh the gift of a smile! Such a service to ourselves and to others.

      The beauty in nature speaks to me as well. It's amazing to me how important it is to our psychic, but how little it is emphasized in so many "modern" societies.

      Thanks for replying!
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      Apr 10 2013: Wholeheartedly agree Vera and May P.....nature and smiles are some of the best gifts:>)

      Smiles are contagious....be a carrier:>)
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    Apr 10 2013: Hello May P,
    You look like a very beautiful dragonfly? :>)

    "Known in folklore as a messenger from the natural world, a dragonfly in the garden is thought to put you in touch with nurturing spirits to create magical transformations".

    Dragonflies bring beauty and happiness into our world:>)

    I bring beauty and happiness into my own life by being fully present and engaged in each and every moment of the life adventure with the curiosity of a child and unconditional love in my heart. HOPEFULLY, this also brings beauty, joy, happiness and contentment to all those I interact with, and because I perceive EVERYTHING to be interconnected, I believe in the ripple effect....or the butterfly effect:>)
    • Apr 11 2013: im at my weekly max as well, so Nice comment! this conversation is actually related to the one about the intelligence of the heart.check it out when you get a chance.
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      Apr 11 2013: Hello Colleen,

      Actually, a damselfly, very closely related, but they swoop over the water a little more like fairies than dragons. A symbol of nature's beauty, for me, in fact.

      Being present in each moment can bring so much beauty and happiness. Your comment reminds me of a quote which hangs on my wall (one of many) to keep me inspired:
      "A child wakes up over and over again and notices that she's living... She dreams along, in love with beauty."
      -- Annie Dillard, "To Fashion a Text"
      As spring spreads its wings in my part of the world, I've been thinking daily about the importance of noticing what's around you - simply being present enough to smell the earth and recognize the buds on the trees has done wonders to my soul in the past few days.

      Certainly the smiles of others also bring a smile to my own face, but even deeper than that, when people notice things and point them out to me, it starts a chain of noticing. Perhaps we should amend the old adage. "Show a man flower, and he'll smile for a day. Teach a man to notice and he'll smile for a life time."

      Thanks so much for the reply!
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        Apr 11 2013: Nice quote May P.....thanks:>)

        I also notice as much as possible, everything around me all the time.....especially in the gardens! Right now, in my part of the world, spring is "springing" as well. Each day presents new surprises with things popping up here, there and everywhere. I have been watching gardens come alive again in the spring for 60+ years, and it still amazes me every year.....every day......every moment:>)
        Thanks for your lovely reply as well:>)
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    Apr 10 2013: This is a question I have thought long and hard about, and for me, I bring happiness into my life by being of service to those around me in what ever way I can. I earn bonus happiness points if I can help people out anonymously, or without them even knowing I helped them.

    I bring beauty into my life by being out in nature where there are no signs of civilization, especially up in the High Sierra Mountains near me (roughly 3-4 kilometers up).

    I'm not sure how to bring beauty and happiness to the lives of others - I think maybe everyone has to do that for themselves.
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      Apr 10 2013: Thanks for your reply!

      I particularly like your "bonus happiness points" for anonymous acts of kindness. Altruism is so much truer that way, and yet it feels so much better. How many kind things do we do only because we know someone is watching - to the point that the mere presence of a witness causes us to do a good deed?

      And the beauty of nature! Certainly the most beautiful moments of my life have been while backpacking. That we find the most beauty "where there are no signs of civilization" certainly says interesting things about our society - that we must leave it in order to find beauty is slightly troubling. What about sources of beauty in urban areas?
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        Apr 10 2013: In an urban setting (where I spend much of my time too), I can instantly be brought to tears of joy by seeing a random act of true kindness on the street - that, to me, is urban beauty.
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          Apr 10 2013: Hmm, that's very interesting. As I was musing about urban beauty, my mind was wandering through architecture, street musicians, public art, even pigeons, but I was focused very much on the physical - and you jumped me immediately to cultural!

          You've made me consider other forms of human interaction that bring us so much closer and bring out our human beauty, so many of which are fostered in urban areas - perhaps as simple as a smile as you walk down the street, or helping out someone in need, or having a venue to gather with friends and their friends and meet new people.
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        Apr 11 2013: Have you seen the double rainbow video? http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OQSNhk5ICTI. The double rainbow explained video is also worth watching after.
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          Apr 11 2013: Thanks for passing this video along. A very interesting video and response - although his religion is not mine, we seem to share in spirituality. Certainly there are times where nature fills me with incontrollable joy and wonder. It's warming to have someone share that experience, since so often we keep it to ourselves almost out of shame for feeling such strong emotion.
  • Apr 10 2013: Dreaming is an important part of human life. Especially if you could realize your dream, it would be the most valuable

    thing that makes u happiest guy in the world and ur loved ones as well. One can bring beatuy in his life by helping and

    sharing more which is an essantial aspect of being human. Sharing your ideas, experinces and knowledge can make a

    great contribution to some people's life because sometime even a word could unexpectedly change something. ıf u are

    lucky enough to see this difference that u lead to, that is the what happiness really means and beauty is going to

    come with that.
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      Apr 10 2013: Dreaming is such an important part of our happiness and of beauty! I wish more of our lives was focused on sharing dreams and experiences - that's why I've made TED a part of my own life. Thanks for the response!
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    Apr 17 2013: 5 senses...or 6 if you wish to be on the cutting edge...smell,touch taste hearing and sight...five openings into the being for information that produces mood,conclusions,mediates action(or not) 5 chances for me to make you fall in love with life or yourself...Im a hairdresser...I deal in illusions...I make you feel better about yourself..sometimes I show the transformation of vision....I colour out of your former self...sometimes I clear the path so your brave enough to be yourself and you cut off the shell that no longer relates...I inspire to see the world as one huge design that may be reworked to shimmer,and glow ...My place is full of paintings,sculpture,music instruments As an artist with a science orientation I believe with skill one can change anyone to see differently a better world
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    Apr 11 2013: Grooming myself nicely, dressing my best. As you get older, you learn more ways to look nicer and dress nicer.
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    Apr 11 2013: Although I've never had the privilege of viewing it myself, Michelangelo's statue of David apparently has this uniquely profound effect on people when they view it in person. So many people are so unexpectedly overcome with the beauty of this particular statue that they are almost stunned. This is such a common reaction that there is a name for being awestruck by the statue of David specifically - I just can't remember what it is called.

    To be so overcome with emotion at the beauty of something is such a wonderful feeling.
  • Apr 11 2013: I think being open to it. we are surrounded by beauty. nature is the easiest way to see it.a sunset,sunrise. lottsa beaty to be experienced, you just gotta be open to it.
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    Apr 11 2013: .My answer:

    (1) Instinctively and chronologically from:
    . . .mother, father,
    . . .green wild landscape,
    . . .friends,
    . . .spouse,
    . . .children of mine and others,
    . . .grand children,
    . . .,,,,
    . . .
    (2) Theoretically from:
    . . .the feeling a-step-better for keeping our DNA alive.

    (For details, see the 1st article, points 9. Sensing Beauty; 2 (2) Valid Happiness); at
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      Apr 11 2013: An interesting take - you're happiness norm particularly speaks to me in terms of listening to your body and soul; paying close attention to the fundamental part within that tells you what is good and what is bad, and allowing that emotion to come through. And certainly if we trust our instincts, our greatest joys come from parents, loved ones, and children. Thanks for your reply!
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    Apr 10 2013: Treating people with importance, bring them up