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What does it mean to have a beautiful soul?

Some people tell others, “You have a beautiful soul.”

But what does that really mean? We know what it means to be beautiful on the outside.

When someone says that a person has a beautiful soul, typically they’re referring to someone with a kind, giving nature—someone confident, genuine, balanced, and understanding. People with beautiful souls make others feel safe and at peace.

As you can tell, this is very subjective and might mean something different to different people. So let’s explore some ideas about beauty and the human spirit, as well as what some of the world’s great writers have to say about beautiful souls.

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Woman dancing at sunset has a beautiful soul.

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What is beauty?

According to Wikipedia, beauty is:

the ascription of a property or characteristic to (a)… person that provides a perceptual experience of pleasure or satisfaction…. Ugliness is the opposite of beauty. The experience of “beauty” often involves an interpretation of some entity as being in balance and harmony with nature, which may lead to feelings of attraction and emotional well-being.”


This description is PERFECT for describing how souls can be beautiful!

To summarize:

Beauty is positive, balanced, and harmonious, and it creates feelings of pleasure, satisfaction, and emotional well-being.

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What is the soul?

Double exposure of woman and birds in the sky, to symbolize a free-spirit, a beautiful soul.

In spirituality, the soul is:

is the incorporeal essence of a living being. 


In another way of looking at it, we can look at spirit, because they are very similar. Spirit is:

the vital principle or animating force within all living things.


(“Having a beautiful soul” and “having a beautiful spirit” are synonyms, or it’s another word or term for beautiful soul.)

Typically the soul and spirit are thought to be immortal, extending beyond our world.

This essence, or life force, is our soul.

Our life force is embodied in our energy, our thoughts and feelings, our behavior toward others, our choices… how we listen and interact, how we pray or meditate, how we learn, and how we love.

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Beautiful Soul Meaning

When you’re with someone who has a beautiful soul, you feel at peace. They are positive, gentle and helpful with their guidance, never forceful. They are giving and understanding. Their energy is absolutely radiant and completely contagious.

This person is spiritually enlightened, non-judgmental, and is surrounded by unconditional love and gratitude.

You will know when you’re touched by a beautiful soul!

Words to Describe a Beautiful Soul

If someone tells you that you’re a beautiful soul, here are some traits and other words to describe you:

  1. heart of gold, heart of light
  2. open heart, ready to receive and give love
  3. radiant
  4. building others up
  5. intriguing
  6. enlightened
  7. encouraging
  8. like to see others succeed
  9. gentle
  10. kind to all living things
  11. confident
  12. possessing inner peace
  13. living in joy regardless of external conditions
  14. appreciative
  15. have integrity
  16. act from a place of objectiveness and love
  17. healthy interactions with others

Sometimes, but not always, a beautiful soul is also an old soul, or a spirit that has lived many lives, and has, presumably seen pain and suffering, but has moved through it to find peace on the other side.

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The Opposite of Having a Beautiful Soul

As mentioned above, the opposite of beauty is ugliness. This kind of “ugliness” of soul is caused by that same pain and suffering. But instead of processing it, the trauma from childhood causes blocks, walls and barriers, and unhealthy coping mechanisms.

Here are some things that are the opposite of having a beautiful soul:

  1. selfish or petty
  2. angry
  3. driven by ego or materialistic things
  4. narcissistic
  5. negative
  6. discouraging to others
  7. judgmental
  8. like to see others fail
  9. gluttonous
  10. imbalanced
  11. obsessive
  12. possessive
  13. act from a place of pain and suffering
  14. self-centered
  15. don’t care about the wellbeing of others
  16. deeply fearful

Thankfully, this harmful, deeply pained soul is not permanent. People CAN change! Practice some self-love affirmations to help yourself practice unconditional love on yourself.

“You have a beautiful soul” quotes

Great writers and even celebrities have a lot to say about how the beauty of souls is so much more important than outer beauty.

F. Scott Fitzgerald

“She was beautiful, but not like those girls in the magazines. She was beautiful, for the way she thought. She was beautiful, for the sparkle in her eyes when she talked about something she loved. She was beautiful, for her ability to make other people smile even if she was sad. No, she wasn’t beautiful for something as temporary as her looks. She was beautiful, deep down to her soul.”

Maya Angelou

“I’ve learned that whenever I decide something with an open heart, I usually make the right decision. I’ve learned that even when I have pains, I don’t have to be one. I’ve learned that every day you should reach out and touch someone. People love a warm hug, of just a friendly pat on the back. I’ve learned that I still have a lot to learn. I’ve learned that people will forget what you said, people will forget what you did, but people will never forget how you made them feel.”

R.M. Broderick

“It’s that heart of gold & stardust soul that make you beautiful.”

Billy Chapata

“Outer beauty has expiration dates. Invest in beautiful minds and beautiful souls, and the intrigue will never fade away.”

Sophia Loren

“Beauty is how you feel inside, and it reflects in your eyes. It is not something physical.”

Kahlil Gibran

“Beauty is not in the face; Beauty is a light in the heart.”

Panache Desai

“The soul is an infinite ocean of just beautiful energy and presence made manifest in human form.”

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Saturday 28th of August 2021

I think a beautiful person is one who lets you be yourself and adds to your definition of your self

Janet Bernath

Monday 19th of July 2021

I think a beautiful soul is contagious to others and they become beautiful too...


Saturday 23rd of January 2021

I met someone like this at work . I knew who for two years . She happened to work in my department for like two days and when we met there was such a comfortability right away cause I think I could sense her energy . Since that day she would always chat here and there and always say hi . I could see her glow more and more each day I say her. Her energy was so addicting and radiating one word I used to describe her is INSPIRING . First this that came out of my mind when thinking of her and her way of being towards me and others . Unfortunately I was taking my time to get to know her and left little to no time to socialize at work I missed out on a great person that could of been a best friend eventually. She left my workplace and there’s def an empty feelin in my soul . That presence isn’t there anymore . I said goodbye to her having just learned she was leaving I was in shock . We exchanged social media’s . I was talking to her a little trying to connect on social media it’s not the same but was something . She opened up about some things to me about herself snd I found it so inspiring I told her how I felt about myself amd how she inspired me to want to do better . I’ve never really have come across someone quite like that amd I don’t think I will any time soon. Others have felt this way about her but not sure if they have told her she probably knows and is aware she inspires others . She appreciated my kind words all tho I probably won’t hear from her again at this point so I’m super sad it is weird I opened up about that but I felt like I needed to say it even tho it wasn’t needed . I felt the need to say it . Did it make me feel better ? Not really I really wanted to get closer to her cause she is a rare type of person . To only be a best friend or a close friend of hers would be one lucky person . To know a person like that come across your path there’s nothing that will ever quite replace that feeling ever again .


Sunday 20th of September 2020

Yeah, I've . They have a presence that is heartwarming. They are made of pure magic coz it is hard to see so much alignment, i.e. love and kindness all at once. When we are with them, it is so comfortable, the energy is so pure, but they have no ego but compassion that you could talk anything to them, they won't judge you. You know sometimes we speak innocent lies just to not hurt someone's feelings, do a little people pleasing. But here, there is no need . Truth is so easy to embrace. There is a feeling of security within your soul. You always feel protected. They are so authentic. They know themselves really well, they take the responsibility for their actions, practising mindfulness. They inspire you in every way possible without even making an effort. They are effortlessly happy, at ease. Life could be lived like they do. Who needs to wait to see angels, when humans can be so beautiful. If you ever come across One, just tell them how beautiful they are, don't hold back. P.s: I wrote my heart out, I'm a realist, I'm not even in love. Just stating the facts. Really amazed to meet one.


Wednesday 7th of October 2020

That was beautiful how you explain this my new friend keeps telling me I have a beautiful soul 😘but that can mean many other things to others but you described it perfectly I believe

Dawn Perez

Monday 21st of September 2020

This is lovely! I absolutely agree! Even though there are some bad things in this world, some people are so beautiful inside and out that you know exactly what it's like to know heaven!