THERE’S something about a happy man with a beard.
As a journalist I’ve spoken to a lot of bearded men in my time and while the story never starts this way I often ask why they decided to grow it.
There’s always a reason and most of the time it’s not as pretty as the bearded man himself.
A lot of people write off beards as a “dying trend” but for many, a bit of fuzz on the face means more to them than just “looking good”.
Apart from being immediately thrust into the world of life as a bearded man, many men have shared with me that life for them is simply happier with a beard.
A lot of men, including the one I love the most, attribute growing their beard as part of a massive change in their life and a way to claim their confidence back.
Without this need for a life change we would not have beardspo.com.
For some a beard is a way to find a certain confidence they never had.
As a woman, I could liken it to those who change their hair or work to get fitter after a nasty break up. But I feel it’s more than that. It’s more of a permanent change.
Bearded men grow their beards long term and are proud of it because it provides them with a sense of happiness that comes with being a part of a movement and changing life for the better.
When I’m not writing for Beardspo or my day job, I’m constantly listening to stories of mental health and anxiety through my passion project Anxiety Exists.
When I first started this I was surprised at the amount of men aged 20-40 that were keen to tell me their stories.
A large majority of these men had a beard.
It’s through talking to them that I’ve learnt having a beard has a lot to do with identity, mental health, social anxiety, self-esteem and the need to find footing in a solid welcoming community.
This is why I can’t help but get a goofy smile on my face every time I see a man with a rockin’ beard.
It might seem like a generalisation but the thought that their beards are helping them personally in some way makes me happy.
Spreading a little happiness can go a long way.