Robert Tamayo


Watch What You Say and Think

Not because the government or any other party is spying on you, but for a much more practical reason.

Thinking of ugliness and saying vulgarities leads to physical changes in one's face. I noticed this recently when I saw Melissa McCarthy from an early season of Gilmore Girls. Back then, she was a cute, bubbly woman with a cheerful and bright attitude. Then I thought about how I think of her today. She's a funny woman in her movies, but she says the most crude things imaginable. Her dirtier mind is changing her face.

I'm not calling her ugly. I'm just pointing out that there are clear differences in her face over time, and I'm hypothesizing that these changes are due to her change in personality. A mean person will look mean, a nice person nice. Look at images of Sookie from Season 1 or 3 of Gilmore Girls, and then look at images of Sookie from the Year in the Life reboot. Even playing the same character, she is unable to change her facial expressions from what she's used to doing in her most recent movies.

Here is the relevant quote from Roald Dahl on the topic:

"If a person has ugly thoughts, it begins to show on the face. And when that person has ugly thoughts every day, every week, every year, the face gets uglier and uglier until you can hardly bear to look at it. A person who has good thoughts cannot ever be ugly. You can have a wonky nose and a crooked mouth and a double chin and stick-out teeth, but if you have good thoughts it will shine out of your face like sunbeams and you will always look lovely."

Sure, this isn't a hard science or anything, but Roald Dahl painted and understood people, specifically with how they look. His judgment on this topic is one of professional expertise. The lesson here is to watch out for what one says and thinks; the ugly words and thoughts are more harmful than one thinks, and no one is fooled by that smile. On the bright side, one can vastly improve their beauty by simply thinking better thoughts.

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