Sometimes we're our own worst critics. We look in the mirror and criticize all that we don't like. Our nose is too big. Our lips, too small. Our jeans -- let's not even talk about their size.
According to Dove, only four percent of women consider themselves beautiful. Think about all the pretty people you know. Surely four percent seems low. There are gorgeous people everywhere!
While we're all busy berating ourselves, others tend to see us in a more positive light. A social experiment by the makers of Dove proved that you are, in fact, more beautiful than you think.
In the experiment, they had a group of people sit for a sketching by a former FBI sketch artist -- only the artist couldn't see them. He could only hear how the people described themselves. Later, the same sketch artist sketched the same person, only this time it was someone else who was describing them.
Time and time again, the final result of the sketch described by the other person was more attractive. Flaws were minimized. Beauty was accentuated, proving that beauty is in the eye of the beholder.
So put on those rose-colored sunglasses when you look in the mirror! When we continually focus on that which we don't like about ourselves, it can have a negative impact on our psyche.
Dr. Kristin Neff from the University of Texas at Austin found that people who scored high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Being self-compassionate may even influence how much we eat and could help some people lose weight.
Steps to turning that negative self-image into a glowing one includes positive self-talk and being kind in your thought life. Neff even suggests writing yourself a letter of encouragement or taking a 'compassion break,' which essentially is just pausing for a time to repeat a phrase like, "I'm going to be kind to myself in this moment."
So if you've been struggling with negative thoughts, or if you look in the mirror and scowl at what you see instead of smile -- today's a new day! Do as Nick Vasos does and say to the mirror's reflection, 'I'm awesome!'
Because you totally are.