Accept your body. Look at it as it is, and even if you're not crazy about its size or shape, accept it anyway. Don't be intimidated or ashamed because you don't look like the men and women you see in magazines, on billboards, in movies, or on television. Most people just don't look like that, and measuring yourself against that standard will only make you miserable.

Tell yourself that no one else in the world looks like you. Keep in mind that you can always want to be an inch taller or five pounds lighter, or have fuller lips, smaller ears, thicker hair, slimmer hips, or a flatter stomach. And chances are with plastic surgery or a lot of work, you could do any of these things. But what's the point? You either like the way you look or you don't, and all the changes you can imagine will not substitute for a positive body image.

When I was in my early twenties I had a huge, robust, full head of hair, but I had always wished I were taller (I'm 5'6"). I was once introduced to a man who was about 6'2" and wearing a hat. We talked, and after awhile I mentioned that if I had one wish, I would want to be taller. He promptly removed his hat, revealing a shiny bald dome, and said to me, "And I wish I had your hair."

Everybody has something that someone else wants. The point is not to envy others but to accept yourself as you are. You may want to accentuate what you like about yourself and live with what you don't, and if you truly accept yourself, before long none of it will matter. You'll see yourself the way others see you — charming, lovable, bright, interesting — and whatever warts you have will become part of your individual "perfection."

Alan Epstein in How to Have More Love in Your Life