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Operation Beautiful

Friday, December 06, 2013

Today's Elf for Health Challenge is to spread the word about Operation Beautiful. Has anyone ever heard of it?
Operation Beautiful was started by Caitlin Boyle, author of the healthy living blog "Healthy Tipping Point" and author of the book Operation Beautiful. The book is a compilation of posits collected from all around the world spreading positive messages to oneself. Messages that were posted on scales, bathroom mirrors, etc. can be found inside this book. There is also a website where you can read posts collected from the day.

The message behind the "project" is a great one with so many negative images in the media promoting super strict expectations for young girls and women. I am sure men feel the same pressures looking at all the 6 pack abs on every Men's fitness magazine. Operation Beautiful is about promoting self love and accepting who you are:)

In my classroom I use a technique called "filling your bucket" based on the book "How Full is Your Bucket?" Once a week students are asked to write one nice thing about someone in the room. All submissions are then posted on the cabinets for everyone to read. Some write about how nice one's new shirt is or how thankful they are to have one as a friend. Occasionally I will even get a note:)

Growing up I was super critical of myself. I never thought I looked thin enough or was smart enough, especially compared to my sister who was very skinny and got straight A's with little effort. She was even nice enough to rub both in my face every chance she got:) As a teacher I cringe every time I hear a student, or even one of my coworkers, say something negative about themselves.

Say something nice to someone today...including yourself:) Happy Friday!
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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
CALIDREAMER76 12/7/2013 9:57PM

    Great Blog - I have heard about Operation Beautiful and even had a few post-it's in my purse to randomly place in public restrooms on the mirrors - but never thought of it when I happened to be in one. Maybe someday this brain will remember.
Have a great weekend! I like that idea of one positive note a week! Hmmmm

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TATERCAT 12/6/2013 12:17PM

    I have never heard of it and I am checking the website out right now. Thank you for sharing. What a positive, great, website and I am glad that it exists.

I am very critical about myself. I try to be happy in life and live it as great as I can, but when I look at myself I never say 1 nice thing. I think that it also irritates my husband because when he offers a compliment, I disagree.

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ALIHIKES 12/6/2013 12:04PM

    It's a great idea and I will try to adopt it

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KELLIEBEAN 12/6/2013 8:27AM

    I have read about operation beautiful. I try to do this every day. Because of my own self esteem issues, I try to make others feel good which in turn helps me!

Thanks for the reminder!


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BIGPAWSUP 12/6/2013 7:09AM

    I'm familiar with operation beautiful. have even left a few notes myself.

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CFMOSS 12/6/2013 7:01AM

    I like your "How Full is Your Bucket" - as a culture we are inundated with negative messages and destructive images and it takes deliberate thought to create deliberate positive action. Thanks for passing that on to your classroom. I have seen/heard of the Operation Beautiful - several years ago (how can that can that be) on sparkpeople a number of people sent around the Operation Beautiful message - it is actually nice to be reminded that you and I are beautiful, just as we are emoticon That doesn't preclude challenging our bodies to be the best that they can be, but you, I, our neighbors, our friends - we are beautiful. Have a great Friday yourself.

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