Wednesday, May 14, 2008
I just wanted to share this video that DENISE_SP shared with me a couple weeks ago. It's from the Dove Real Beauty campaign, which I like in some ways for its compelling videos and advertisements. But I can't help but see the hypocrisy of a beauty company telling women that they shouldn't listen to the messages and agenda of the beauty industry. But keeping that aside, their messages really get people thinking. In fact, this one made me a little teary eyed.
We are always our own worst critics. When you see a photo or video of yourself, do you instantly zoom in on your imperfections or trouble spots? Doesn't that just as instantly cut down your own self worth and make you feel self-conscious and negative for the rest of the day? I think that we all could use a little boost. So as a means of boosting how you feel about yourself—and helping others to do the same—I encourage you to compliment someone each day. Maybe you could even share this video with him or her. Sometimes a kind word from someone else can help you begin to change the negative conversation in your head to a more positive one.
Oh and next time you find yourself zooming in on things you don't about yourself, take note of the picture above. Even if you're not perfect, parts of you are—so forget the imperfections and focus on your strengths! I don't care if it's your toes or your earlobes. Saying positive things about yourself is one of the first steps to loving your body…because we're all pretty awesome, right?