Looking good and feeling good

By Libby Bernstein
Member, CommUNITY Living Committee

Have you ever heard the phrase “when you look good, you feel good”?  Looking good may mean different things to different people, but the principle is the same.  For some this means changing out of their PJ’s, for others it is shaving, or wearing their favorite lipstick.  Whichever way you define “looking good,” it may be more important than you think! Studies have shown that looking your best can increase your physical and psychological well-being, because you are more likely to feel better about yourself.  When you are feeling confident you naturally send out positive vibes. In turn you tend to treat others better, which leads to being treated better in return.

One of the 12 Principles of Considerate Conduct is “Mind Your Body.”  This principle stresses basic grooming habits. When we take care of ourselves, we show others that we consider them important.  You might ask yourself: “Did I brush my teeth this morning?”  “Is my perfume (aftershave) too strong?”  “Are my clothes neat and clean?” Mind Your Body can be a delicate topic because when it becomes an issue, it is difficult to express your concerns to the offending person without hurting their feelings. When issues surrounding this principle arise, it is important to keep a few things in mind. Always approach the person privately, address the issue gently, speak kindly, offer your concern and assistance, and keep the conversation brief to minimize embarrassment.

This approach will cause you to incorporate other principles of considerate conduct.  Do you know which ones?


“In a world where you can be anything, be kind”
-Etta Turner

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