You know those mornings when you look in the mirror and start analyzing every flaw? Well, I heard a great trick a while back: Pretend you’re a friend instead. Suddenly, you look in the mirror and see yourself as others see you. You’ll look much prettier and won’t be nearly as critical. Now, instead of stressing about my old-lady under-eye wrinkles, I’ll suddenly think, oh, she looks friendly, she has a warm smile, let’s hang out!

Honestly, go try it and report back! I’ve been amazed by how well that little trick works in changing your perspective.

P.S. You’re gorgeous. :)

(Illustration by Gemma Correll for Cup of Jo)