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Every day new social experiments seem to be taking place all over the world. While the intention behind some is to poke fun and others to test our humanity, more and more continue to surface that offer truly inspirational results. The most recent one I happened to come across was conducted by Shea Glover, an 18-year-old high school student from Chicago, Illinois.

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Equipped with her camera, Shea stopped random individuals and got them to pose in front of her lens. Once on camera, she told them, “I’m taking pictures of things I find beautiful.” The end result? Some of the most humbling and genuine examples of how much of an impact being complimented can have on our state of being.

Through her YouTube channel, Shea clarified her true intentions behind what turned into a social experiment, saying, “I want to clarify that my intentions were not to get a reaction out of people. I was simply filming beauty and this is the result.”

Here is a series of still images from the shoot:



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Those captured within the video all attend Shea’s school in Chicago; some are students and faculty that she knows, while others were strangers. To see all of the reactions, I encourage you to check out the full video that Shea put together.

We live in a world where our perception of beauty has become so skewed that what we are encouraged to strive for isn’t even attainable. As a result of this warped and incredibly narrow idea of beauty, a disheartening number of us end up inflicting so much hatred upon ourselves and our outward appearance — a hatred which, in every single case, is unjustified.

What I particularly appreciate about Shea’s social experiment is that it candidly captured how much our energy shifts when we feel good about ourselves. It’s our challenge now to recognize this and realize that we don’t need a compliment from someone else to appreciate the beauty we all naturally possess.

Take this opportunity to look at yourself in the mirror, love what you see reflecting back at you, and let that confidence radiate into everything you do.


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