Positivity, a trait best learned

Reagan Lowry, Reporter

Learning to deal with self acceptance improves relationships with family, friends, the community, and most importantly oneself. The way people view themselves affects long after the early adolescent years. Many adults admit to still struggling with body image issues and/or feelings of being inadequate in their field of work and their daily lives in general. This is not just a female problem, as many advertise it to be. Body image issues affect men as commonly as it affects women. Men tend to be quieter about their issues and put off seeking help, unlike women who are typically more vocal.  “According to a study, over 90% of men struggle in some way with body dissatisfaction and negative affect (negative opinions of self), or negative emotions and thoughts towards one’s body (Castonguay et al. 2014).”

How can society personally help change that percentage? Positive thoughts can go a long way. Positive energy attracts other positive energy, self acceptance is the starting point for everyone. Being comfortable in one’s own skin fights off external negative energy. Fighting off the external negative energy helps to deal with situations such as bullying (being the bully or being bullied), and helps fight against the causes that lead a person to look to self harming and suicide as an option. Senior Morgan Skonieczny said: “I have learned to be happy and accept myself for who I am. I believe that how I feel about myself has made me a more humble person. I don’t find myself speaking badly about people who would of in the past made me feel insecure. I like who I am.”  

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