Beauty in Art

Beauty is frequently defined as a subjective feature of certain objects which makes these objects pleasing to perceive. These objects include humans, nature, landscapes and works of art. It also includes emotional aspects like affection, admiration or respect. Beauty, with all the other factors of aesthetic sense, is the most important theme of aesthetics, among the various branches of applied philosophy. According to the established school of aesthetic studies, beauty finds its origin in nature.

The word ‘arteism’ derives from the Greek word ‘aesthetic’. The word is applied to artistic impressions in all fields. For instance, paintings are considered to be beauty, whereas music is beauty in the aesthetic sense. Poetry is beauty, and architecture is beauty in the architectural sense.

The term ‘Aesthetics’ is derived from the Greek word ‘aesthesis’, which means joining together. In the early times, aesthetics was related to education, where it became concerned with how things were constructed, where they formed and their arrangement. Later on, it became the basis for many philosophies, including religion and politics. In general, aesthetics is related to the study of man, his mind and his ability to attain his desires. It involves an evaluation of culture, language and society.

The leading concepts of aesthetics include the value of beauty, the idea of beauty within the human experience and the concept of art. The value of beauty varies from one culture and society to another. Similarly, beauty varies amongst different individuals, cultures and time periods. Thus, it cannot be said that beauty is static or universal.

Beauty, art and beauty in the human experience have become an integral part of social and cultural life, affecting human attitudes and behaviors. The beauty of a work of art can influence the attitude and behavior of a person towards other people, ideas, and thoughts. Beauty in art affects human emotions, causing joy, admiration, and sorrow. Beauty evokes the mind and makes people sensitive and receptive to the beauty of things.

The quest for beauty has manifested itself in various ways throughout history. The ancients found beauty in nature, in architecture, in artwork and in nature and in architecture. The Renaissance artists produced beautiful pieces of art using natural forms and colored glasses. The Dutch artists portrayed the nymphs, serpents and frogs in their beautiful paintings and books of magic.

Modern artists use different mediums to depict beauty and truthfulness in their work. Paintings, sculptures, photographic images, video graphics, and music are some of the mediums that convey beauty within the human being. The works of art by some of the contemporary artists have won international acclaim and admiration.

Beauty is subjective; therefore, there is no fixed definition or measure for beauty. It is subjective because it depends on the perspective of the person viewing the beauty. Therefore, while looking at something it does not necessarily mean that what you see is necessarily true and accurate. What you experience may not always be similar to what others experience. Nevertheless, beauty has a strong effect on the human being, making him attracted to beauty and thus to art.

Understanding the Concept of Wellness


Understanding the Concept of Wellness

Health, as defined by the World Health Organization, is “an overall state of total health that affects a person’s physical, mental and emotional well-being”. Different definitions have been applied over time. An emotional state of health has its own inherent complexities because we tend to think that happiness means well-being. However, happiness and well-being depend on how we perceive and respond to events in our lives. Health is not necessarily only a physical state but it is also a mental and emotional state.

The American Heritage Dictionary defines good health as “the state of being well adjusted to ones environment”. It is contrasted with unhealthy environments which are characterized by poor health. A healthy environment may not always be perfect. For instance, a person who works in an office where his or her health is at risk because of the working hours, poor diets, and other work related stress can be said to be in poor health. However, he or she would not be categorized as suffering from a disease as such because he or she maintains a good health and has a reasonable level of work related stress.

Wellness is an essential component of public health. The philosophy of wellness that pervades modern civilization suggests that people should strive to become their best possible selves through both physical and mental activities. In other words, they should strive for excellence in their lives. Excellence in this case does not refer to becoming a superman, rather it refers to their optimum performance in their life endeavors including their personal, professional, family and social lives.

The concept of well-being has many interrelated concepts. There is also the idea of achieving well-being which is achieved by the promotion of physical health as well as mental health. This idea was first described in the framework of psychology by the eminent philosopher Kurt Goldstein.

The definition of this concept has since then been extended to include the concepts of impairment, marginalization and disability. It has also been defined as the ability to cope with challenges in everyday life that may arise irrespective of the person’s physical capabilities. Wellness is also defined as the ability to achieve or maintain an appropriate balance between the two domains of health namely physical and mental health. This is necessary for healthy functioning of the mind and body that are required for optimum productivity and progress in everyday life.

The promotion of a healthy lifestyle is also a very important component of the definition of well being. It is necessary for the elimination of all health-related risks and to create a sense of responsibility towards the community that supports them. The public health services and the organizations that are part of them have a vital role in creating awareness on the importance of a healthy lifestyle and hence the need for a healthy diet and an active exercise regime. A healthy diet and an active exercise is the basis of a sound and healthy physical environment that has a sound and healthy population.