It is said that, “A thing of beauty is a joy forever;” that “Beauty is in the eye of the beholder;” that soccer is the beautiful game and that while beauty may be skin deep, ugliness is to the bone – or something along those lines. But now it turns out beauty may be the path to better health and happiness. So it is written in, “Beauty and the Soul: The Extraordinary Power of Everyday Beauty to Heal Your Life,” by Piero Ferruci. In study after study, though one can never be sure who commissions any given study, beautiful surroundings or attending beautiful concerts, poetry readings and theatre can lead to faster healing and longer life. Who would have guessed?
However, according to the author, we in Western societies are suspicious of beauty, possibly because it requires time and energy, not only to discern beauty but also to enjoy it. Instead we have become obsessed with speed and technology and the world of digital, which is a cold and not very beautiful world. And perhaps we should be suspicious of those who think technology is cold and possibly ugly but Dr. Ferruci seems to be such a nice guy that his charming manner is just beautiful and it makes us happy to be in the presence of his words – perhaps.
In any case, here is a sampling of Dr. Ferruci’s words on finding beauty: “Beauty is spontaneous. Like the shape of clouds, the flowers in the fields, a brilliant idea, a flash of lightning. We cannot say beforehand how it will be, and this is just what makes it special. Beauty comes when it will; it is up to us to be ready for it… Less thinking equals more beauty…. Attention is nourishing. Anything we give our interest to grows and develops. Anything we neglect or ignore atrophies… Beauty is everywhere. We find it in music, poetry, a face. But we also find it in a wilted flower, moss on an old wall, rusted iron, a concert of croaking frogs…”
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