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
"Peace on earth, goodwill towards men." These are words we hear repeated throughout the holiday season, and even though those words were written hundreds of years ago they still ring true today. The message of peace and goodwill towards our fellow human beings is a timely message all year round, not just during the holidays.
But how do we turn peace and goodwill into something more than just words? I believe that peace and goodwill start in the home. Patience, kindness and caring for our families, friends and neighbors sets an example that our children will strive to emulate when they are grown. This could be something as simple as shoveling the neighbor's sidewalk after the next snowstorm, or drawing a name off the Angel Tree at the local mall and providing gifts and dinner to a family in need, or not losing patience with a grumpy spouse or child who has had a rough day.
Once we have sown the seeds of peace and goodwill in our homes, our children adopt a loving attitude and take it out into the world with them. They may reach out to a new student at school, or stand up for a child that is being bullied. They may share their lunch with a child who forgot to bring theirs from home that day. All of these acts of kindness spread throughout the school, making it a more peaceful and friendly place.
We can also take this attitude with us into the workplace. Sometimes it boosts morale to bring in coffee and donuts for the entire office. Other times it can be as simple as staying late to help a colleague finish a presentation. Being a caring and kind office mate goes a long way toward promoting peace and happiness in the workplace.
We can take this kindness into the community to make it a better place. Serve dinner at a homeless shelter, or start a coat or canned food drive through your church, workplace or your children's school. Keep it really simple and pay for the person's coffee in line behind you at Starbucks and ask them to pay it forward to someone else. All of these random acts of kindness foster the spirit of peace and goodwill towards men.
But what does all of this have to do with acceptance? Peace and goodwill begin with acceptance. Acceptance of who we are, of our life circumstances and of our loved ones quirks and foibles. Acceptance of our co-workers, our neighbors, our friends and even total strangers we pass on the street. The root of all evil is not money, as some believe. The root of all evil is refusing to accept others for who they are at this very moment, even if they are in the worst possible place in their life, and refusing to extend love, kindness and understanding to them.
Acceptance of mankind, tolerance of differing beliefs, and kindness toward those who sometimes you feel don't really deserve it those are the building blocks toward peace on earth and goodwill towards men. Don't just say or sing the words this holiday season; live them with your every thought, word and action and watch your world become a better, happier and more peaceful place in which to live.
I wish all of you and your loved ones a blessed and safe holiday season and a happy new year!
Written by: Angie Yoder
"Still ours the dance, the feast, the glorious Psalm,
"He who has not Christmas in his heart will never find it under a tree."