Self Acceptance and Society/Fat Acceptance
Self acceptance is loving and appreciating yourself even if there are things you'd eventually like to change. Fat acceptance or society acceptance is getting society as a whole to accept that we have the same rights as everyone else and to reduce prejudice within the community.
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Self-acceptance means unconditional appreciation and support for who you are now, including all the elements that you want to change.
Things you can do every day to boost your body image:
- Move your body by doing activities you love
- think of one thing you body did for you today
- compliment yourself
- smile at yourself in the mirror
- wear clothes that fit you well and make you happy, regardless of their size
The theme of Thankfulness continues as November brings American Thanksgiving. Although the Thanksgiving holiday is a popular time for Canadians and Americans to reflect on everything they have to be thankful for, it is important to carry this gratitude throughout the year. By continuing to focus on being thankful, we are able to live more positively and the lessen impact that negative factors have.
Canadian Entrepreneur Brian Tracy is credited with saying that by developing an attitude of gratitude you are moving yourself toward achieving something bigger and better. On your journey to selfacceptance, keep this in mind. Think of expressing gratitude as a weapon against negativity and as a tool to remove it from your path.
Throughout the year, revisit the list of things you have to be grateful for that you started last month. If you find yourself struggling, read over your list and use it to refocus your attitude. Add to it as the year goes on and as you achieve goals or reach milestones. If you're comfortable, set a goal to share your list with others. Perhaps next Thanksgiving is a good time to aim for. Share what you've learned and perhaps you will inspire those around you to do the same.
By expressing and sharing gratitude, you will be fulfilling some very major personal needs which are important in achieving self-acceptance. With the impact of negative factors lessened, you can more easily celebrate your achievements which will in turn positively impact your selfesteem. You will gain greater independence as you will not as frequently need to rely on a crutch to support you when difficulties arise. You will have a stronger sense of selfrespect and will gain respect of those around you. Use gratitude to help you fulfil these needs and achieve the goal of self-acceptance.
Written by: Brigid Ashling
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My vision with this magazine is to let you know that you are not alone. There are other SSBBWs around the world with the same issues, thoughts, worries and joys as you have. Whether you have accepted your weight and love your body, whether you are actively working to lose weight or whether you want to get healthier and have more mobility but don't know where to start, you are not alone.
Whether you are single or in a relationship, have children or not, work or are unemployed, housebound or relatively mobile, healthy or have medical issues, you are not alone.
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"The story of America's quest for freedom is inscribed on her history in the blood of her patriots."
"If we meet someone who owes us thanks, we right away remember that. But how often do we meet someone to whom we owe thanks without remembering that?"