I find beauty to be a necessity for happiness. There have already been multiple studies that have looked at how color affects our moods and emotions. Color psychology is used by marketers to elicit a certain reaction to a product or location. Even music can elicit a reaction. Color and music are just a part of beauty. The studies that have been completed are just looking at the basic forms of beauty. If they can make such an effect on our moods, how much more does beauty in itself affect us? Beauty has more of an effect on us than we consciously recognize.
Beauty isn’t just a painting or sculpture that we may consciously look at. It can be the environment that we are in, whether we are in a man-made structure or in nature enjoying the beauty of God’s creation. Beauty can stimulate our emotions. It can calm us, reliefs anxiety and can bring a sense of joy to any person. Dietrich von Hildebrand went with a deeper explanation of how beauty affects us in his book entitled, Beauty in the Light of the Redemption. He described beauty as a spiritual nourishment; that it “nourishes souls of even the simplest man and woman”.
I agree with Dietrich von Hildebrand in this respect. Beauty, whether you are consciously or subconsciously experiencing it, can touch your soul. It can bring about many emotions of joy and gladness. I find that when I’m faced with beauty that I awe struck. I go through a series of emotions as I take in it in. If I contemplate on it long enough, I get pulled into it. I feel like it brings me closer to the One who created the beauty. It is like I’m seeing God through the beauty in front of me. through sacred images, we can get a glimpse at the life of Christ and can envision what Christ has done for us. I am humbled by this. I know that my struggles and the cross I carry is nothing compared to what my Lord went through for all of us. To know that it took such love for God to give us his only son, when we are unworthy is humbling. I know that I used the word humble multiple times. I find it hard to put how something makes me feel into words. I struggle to properly describe it. I feel that love and that happiness. This is why I feel that beauty is essential for our happiness.