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
To Honor and Give Thanks: The Big Things and the Little Things
I recently spent nearly a month at home recovering from knee surgery and I can honestly say there's nothing like having to stay put for weeks on end to make you think. I took to binge watching a few shows and even watching the news, something I've nearly sworn off since last November (I'm American so you might guess why). But at some point, I give in and see what is really happening in the world and I have to say, it has a way of making you humble and thankful and with two holidays coming up in November: Remembrance Day in Canada and Thanksgiving in the United States, what better time to reflect.
With four generations of family members serving in the military, each patriotic holiday holds great meaning but the thanks goes far beyond my family. There are so many who have given their lives in the line of duty to protect our freedoms and these people are from all walks of life. The thing they have in common is that they are all someone's son, daughter, husband, wife, mother, father or friend. They live lives we cannot imagine because we have never walked in their shoes but yet they do it because they have an unwavering faith in their country and a call to serve. To all of them let us say thank you with grateful and open hearts.
In the States, the fourth Thursday in November kicks off the holiday season with Thanksgiving, where family members gather to give thanks and generally eat more food in one day than they usually do in a week. Over the years, Thanksgiving has included: historical reference of the Native Americans first Thanksgiving with the Pilgrims, giving thanks to God for our blessings, a day of binge-watching football and all the guys in our family taking a post-meal nap while the women clean up the dishes.
Having had nearly a month to think, think, think about things while convalescing at home, my mind wandered more than once to the little things I am thankful for every day. First, I am thankful for a job and will be thrilled to get back to it soon. I am also thankful for things like wedge pillows, ice packs and knee braces to help with my recovery. I found that my daughter can be more than impressively helpful when she needs to be (having done my dishes, laundry and shopping for weeks) and I also found that life is a series of opportunities to be thankful.
On one of my first trips outside after weeks indoors, I realized I was smack dab in the throes of Autumn, my absolute favorite time of year, with all the leaves in their full colorful splendor and I had almost missed it! It truly is the little things in life that you can be thankful for in life that make it all worthwhile.
As we inch closer to winter, give thanks for all your strengths and the wonder that is you. Then extend that thought to include all the little things we sometimes overlook on a daily basis—and the people past and present who have impacted our life—and honor and give thanks.
Happy Remembrance Day and Thanksgiving!
"Give thanks not just on Thanksgiving Day, but every day of your life. Appreciate and never take for granted all that you have." --Catherine Pulsifer
Written by: T.E.Bush
"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?"