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From the poem To This Day by Shane Koyczan:

"  … and if you can’t see anything beautiful about yourself, get a better mirror, look a little closer, stare a little longer, because there’s something inside you that made you keep trying despite everyone who told you to quit." 

This gets me EVERYTIME. :)

I should probably start by saying this isn’t a post in defense of plastic surgery. Or anti-plastic surgery. This is a post about body love: something I feel passionately about and something everyone deserves. With or without implants.

Everyone’s entitled to their own opinions on plastic surgery: it’s a highly personal choice and not for everyone. While I do believe it’s gotten excessive (understatement), I believe the best way to address it is by pumping out some body love. I’m hoping that by posting reminders to love ourselves as we are, accept our “flaws” (though I don’t like that word) and focus on our health and happiness, that future versions of ourselves won’t feel as much pressure to “perfect” themselves through surgical procedures.

What you will NEVER see me doing is bullying those who’ve chosen to take that road. I will never call them fake. Or plastic. Or screwed up. Or weird. Or ugly. Or tell them that they “ruined” themselves. Or that they looked better before. Or that they are mutilated. Or not “real”. (ALL of those comments were taken from a comment section of a popular page I follow with regards to a specific person’s face/body).

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We already know that bullying at a young age can lead to self-esteem issues, anxiety, depression and even self-harm. But a new study has just confirmed that on top of the psychological problems associated with being bullied, physiological and health related disadvantages are also a cause for concern. 

A Swedish study followed almost 900 students in the country from age 16 until they were 43. They found overall that those who had a harder time socially in school—being bullied, left out, or even choosing to be isolated—had the highest risk of suffering from poor health by the time they were in their early 40s.

Girls who’d been bullied, regardless of socioeconomic status, and other factors, were more likely to develop… 

  • heart disease
  • diabetes 
  • obesity 
  • high blood pressure
  • high cholesterol

Kinda scary! While researchers are still looking for a direct link/cause, stress and anxiety MAY play a role. (Yet more evidence that stress can literally kill someone). 

You might think it would require severe bullying or trauma to have that kind of long-lasting impact on someone, but, in fact, it did not. They found that it wasn’t only the kids who were mercilessly bullied or victimized that suffered the health effects in middle age. Even those who experienced social isolation to a lesser degree saw health effects later, although the stronger their suffering as a teen, generally the worse their health was as an adult.

The study also showed that the health risks were slightly higher in girls than in boys, though it’s unclear why. It was safe to say that regardless of gender, bullying seemed to have long lasting mental AND physical effects on children and adults. 

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New Documentary ‘Bully’ - Trailer

Must SEE. Out March 30th in select theaters.

Warning: you may find yourself bawling over and over.

Pink Shirt Day 2012 - February 29 

Join the anti-bullying movement & wear pink today! 

www.pinkshirtday.ca


A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and  gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a  piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really  mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth  it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was. 
She then told them to  tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were  sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they  left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard  they tried to fix it. 
That is what happens when a child bully’s another  child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The  looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message  hit home.

Important lesson & great message, don’t you think?

A teacher in New York was teaching her class about bullying and gave them the following exercise to perform. She had the children take a piece of paper and told them to crumple it up, stamp on it and really mess it up but do not rip it. Then she had them unfold the paper, smooth it out and look at how scarred and dirty is was.

She then told them to tell it they’re sorry. Now even though they said they were sorry and tried to fix the paper, she pointed out all the scars they left behind. And that those scars will never go away no matter how hard they tried to fix it.

That is what happens when a child bully’s another child, they may say they’re sorry but the scars are there forever. The looks on the faces of the children in the classroom told her the message hit home.

Important lesson & great message, don’t you think?

Excerpt from The Toronto Star

In his weekly show Rick Mercer Report, Canadian comedian Rick Mercer shared his thoughts on anti-bullying efforts during a rant. The video segment is earning praise on social media.

He points out that 300 young Canadians commit suicide every year.

In Tuesday’s rant, Mercer said it wasn’t enough to just tell young people who are bullied that it will get better. “We have to make it better now,” he said, while striding down a graffiti-strewn alleyway familiar to regular watchers of the show. He suggests taking steps to get the names of bullies.

“I thought this was brave and awesome, and I’m so proud, as a Canadian, that we have Rick Mercer in our lives on TV,” wrote one commenter on YouTube.

Mercer said that LGBT adults have to become more visible and set an example for kids to follow.

“You can’t be invisible, not any more.

“Three hundred kids is 300 too many.”

It Gets Better Project

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