“Ask Amy” is a video advice column that runs on Amy Poehler’s YouTube channel, The Smart Girls.
Every week Ask Amy answers a viewer-submitted question. This week’s question: How can I feel better about my body?
Many girls (and, let’s admit it, boys as well) have trouble with body image at some point in their lives. Going through puberty and pimples while looking at magazines full of airbrushed, unreal images could have something to do with making so many of us feel inadequate.
Amy’s advice: “Have some gratitude.”
“Go around your body and kind of thank it for what it gives you and thank yourself for your great eyesight, or your thick hair, or nice legs, or strong teeth or whatever it is that you have, that you were given,” Amy says. “Make friends with those parts of your body.”
Being pals with your physical manifestation is a big step toward self-esteem, a state in which people are less susceptible to going to extreme lengths, like getting enough plastic surgery to be a human Barbie doll.
Amy’s advice applies beyond body image. “You should focus on what you have and not obsess about what you don’t have, the happier you will be,” she adds.
“You will always find love. Every pot has a lid. There’s a lid for every pot.”
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