Even Though Sometimes My Punch Lines Fall Flat

It’s easy for me to see why humor is a beautiful characteristic –- after all, the sound of laughter and the look of a big, wide smile are two very beautiful things. But cultivating humor is hard -– truly amusing people, I suspect, are just born that way. Most people are probably like me: personable and fun, but not actually funny-funny. Does this mean I’m missing a key beautiful quality? Do funny people shine a little brighter than the rest of the ho-hum world? ...more

You are right - humor is so much more than jokes. The older I get, the more I see the ...more

Own Your Beauty, Month 1: Authentic Beauty in a World of Digital Hair

Vit continued: “The reason I’m writing is because on Friday, I was at my weekly hospital checkup and one of my therapists made me eat a 500-calorie meal, which I haven’t done in ages, to desensitize me. I was on my way to the bathroom to throw up after my appointment, and I had just locked the stall when I saw a sticky note on the back of the door. It said, ‘You’re beautiful. You are good enough. OperationBeautiful.com.’ No one has ever said that to me. I didn’t throw up today. It was the first time I ate something solid and did not throw it up in years.” ...more

The fire in our eyes... that is where the real beauty lives.
Love that... Thank ...more

Operation Beautiful: Mission Accomplished.

 So B and I spent our Saturday being an old (un)married couple and browsing the aisles of Barnes and Noble. (Although if you ask Jen at Safeway, we’re married, considering she calls us Mr. and Mrs....more

Add Your Name to BlogHer's Own Your Beauty Statement of Belief

Own Your Beauty. Change The Conversation. We are the beautiful people. All women. Every one of us. And that's amazing. Let’s own it. Let's collaborate on a definition of beauty that celebrates what makes each of us unique, inside and out. Instead of measuring ourselves against some airbrushed, Photoshopped ideal, let’s tailor the standard of beauty to suit ourselves. ...more

Own Your Beauty Host Blogger: Caitlin Boyle of Operation Beautiful

Caitlin is a health and fitness blogger who believes the online community can inspire woman (and men!) to lead their healthiest, best lives -- both mentally and physically. Her blog, HealthyTippingPoint, receives more than 800,000 hits a month from people who are looking for inspiration from her "Everywoman" attitude about exercise. ...more

Gives Me Hope and Operation Beautiful: Can You Change the World With Positive Thinking? Yes.

Part two of a two-part post: Caitlin Boyle of OperationBeautiful.com and Gaby Montero of GivesMeHope.com both seem to say based on their experiences with being more positive and how people have responded to their motivational Web sites and blogs that we humans greatly underestimate thinking positively. ...more

I'm a teacher at a small HS, and the bullying that I read about in the news has really impacted ...more

Can You Change Your Life With Positive Thinking? Yes.

I believe that when we consistently stumble into the same messages, or the same thoughts flit across our mental screens repeatedly -- and those thoughts are reasonable, not crazy -- that the universe is speaking to us, and we should pay attention. So, when a BlogHer staff member suggested a contributing editor write about the blogs Operation Beautiful and Gives Me Hope and interview their founders, I raised my hand in cyberspace, "Oooh! Ooh-ooh-ooh! I'll do it!" ...more

I am glad to see that you continue to explore positivity.  Thanks for the GMH ...more

You are Perfect Just As You Are.

I learned of Operation Beautiful last week, and reacted with such a glowing buzz of love for the world that I asked to step away from my normal beat and draw the world of BlogHer into its positive embrace.  As I sat down to begin writing, however, I realized this would not go where I thought it was going.  Buckle your seatbelts, we're in for a bumpy ride.  ...more

I'm going to agree with many of the previous posters.  I have a hard time with the notion of ...more