Philocaly: The Love of Beauty

Beauty is all around us. From a single green leaf holding a dew drop in the morning to the pink and purple skies of a fiery orange sunset, there’s always much more for our eyes to behold. If you love the beauty of nature and can’t get enough of it, consider yourself a philocalist.

Philocaly: (n.) the love and intense appreciation of beauty.

The Greeks invented this old word to describe the love and intense connection they felt toward beauty and art.


Being in nature makes your eyes more attuned to patterns and color; it is easier to enjoy and appreciate beauty if you spend lots of time outdoors.


Philocaly is the soul-wrenching feeling you get when you see something beautiful and it’s hard to look away.

What do you consider beautiful?


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PrintBy Elizabeth Adan

Elizabeth Adan is a Freelance Writer, Publicist and Brand Ambassador. Her blog Aquaberry Bliss is a unique outdoor lifestyle blog dedicated to expanding your world and inspiring your creativity. When Elizabeth isn’t traveling, you’ll find her writing, hiking or gardening. Find Elizabeth on Twitter @stillaporcupine and on LinkedIn.

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3 thoughts on “Philocaly: The Love of Beauty

  1. This is a great word. I never had this word when I was younger. I just had the gut-wrenching feeling.

    Like after a summer storm swept through my central Arkansas landscape, I would climb to the top of a loblolly pine, on top of a loblolly hill, and stare at the dark energy sweeping eastward. The country road dust that covered the trees settled back to the ground, and as the sun leaned to the opposing sky, the landscape glowed like an open treasure chest.


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