Ideal of beauty
The ideal of beauty, often cried out as superficial, is by no means as superficial as is often often duplicated. Research shows that even babies and toddlers react more positively to “beautiful” people, reject them less often and pay more attention to them. So it seems as if the preference for optically beautiful people is deeply rooted in us.
Several studies have found that pictures of people who smile are always considered more attractive than pictures of the same people who look seriously at the camera. Beauty is therefore not only a superficial classification of purely physical characteristics, but it also reflects a deeper emotional state.
However, in both cases there is one thing above all: health.
So we like to surround ourselves with people who are healthy. This is also very useful from an evolutionary perspective. The human species should survive (both individuals and offspring). Strong people can protect the group, fight, hunt and collect food. But all the strength is of limited use if you are not healthy. So we perceive as attractive who is primarily healthy and physically strong. Red lips and rosy cheeks show good blood circulation (i.e. health), a symmetrical face shows good genetic makeup, good proportions (ratio of the pelvis to the waist) show fertility etc. People who are mentally healthy (e.g. smile more) are also beneficial for the good coexistence in the group. Network studies from social psychology show how people’s mental health is transferred to their environment and how clusters form. There is the same effect for depression and aggression as well. Therefore, from an evolutionary perspective, it is particularly advisable to surround yourself with both mentally and physically healthy people.
Conversely, people who are particularly beautiful are treated unconsciously even in childhood. In emergencies, the chances of survival of particularly beautiful people in different social psychological studies are better in different situations than of people who are perceived as unattractive. Likewise, they are less likely to get into police controls, are shot less frequently during investigations, are unconsciously more often associated with other positive traits, etc.
The ideal of beauty is therefore a very complex phenomenon that can be viewed in different ways.
If we nourish our soul and our body, we automatically appear more attractive to others, which in turn ensures that we unconsciously behave differently, appear more confident and feel better overall. If we are healthy, then we are also physically fitter.