An age old question of "do I look good?" has not changed at all, in all the time we've had mirrors. Giving a look, then a second one. Lifting a brow. Putting the mirror down, looking around for the closest person, to ask this eternal question. Alas, at most times the good old "you're fine" answer does us no good. and then we give the mirror another look.
Seeking for the personal imperfections seems to be a master-skill most of us learn at the early ages. All it takes is for one kid to tell us something about freckles on our face and we are forever bound to carry the notion of "freckle face" in our hearts. It takes one mean kid to tease us about our bony knees, and we're going to spend the lifetime trying to fight-off the "ugly knees" drama.
Picking on someone who seems emotionally or physically weaker provides a feeling of being more important, popular, or in control. In other cases, kids bully because they simply don't know that it's unacceptable to pick on kids who are different because of size, looks, race, or religion.
There are just so many ways to feel bad and it seems so easy to have a bad mood. Yet, getting over all of the bad may be hard, but a smile is a powerful weapon. It makes everyone's face glow. As hard as it may look in the beginning, a pure and joyful smile helps, empowers and fights off all the potential bad things. It takes some practice. But it works. :)
Have a glowing Wednesday!