PR for People® Reviews: BOOKS: By Barbara Lloyd McMichael Beauty books are part of a burgeoning industry – some market analyses suggest that the beauty market worldwide will amount to $265 billion this year.
Award-winning writer and filmmaker John de Graaf asks: Can beauty save the world? Please see his essay A New Politics of Beauty for America. John de Graaf makes a solid case that beauty has transformed countless lives and is able to change cynicism to reverence. The fact that beauty makes people happier, healthier and kinder is well-documented and something we need to think about.
Can beauty save the world, as Dostoevsky imagined? Is it the best bet to do so, As Doug Tompkins wagered? In an ugly time, is it the truest of protests, as Phil Ochs declared? I can only say that it has transformed me and that its ability to change cynicism to reverence and to make people happier, healthier and kinder is well-documented.
John de Graaf is currently directing a new film about America’s champion of beauty in public policy. Stewart Udall was Secretary of the Interior during the Kennedy and Johnson administrations. As such, he was the lead advocate for many of the most important environmental laws we now take for granted.
The filmmaker and author John de Graaf has written a stunning feature article about Beauty—The Forgotten Recipe For Happiness. Beauty also holds a truth that is undeniable. From the splendor of nature’s mountains, fields and streams to the grandeur of architecture and modern city streets, the beauty of our surroundings possesses the power to make us happy.
Everywhere we turn in December bright lights dazzle our senses and take charge of our lives. Food, music, and gift-giving unravels our normal schedule and plays havoc with those ordinary things we need to get done. Takeaway all of the yuletide trimming, feast, and song, there is one truth that is undeniable—the holidays remind us to connect with those whom we love.