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How we feel about our bodies - and how we treat them - is influenced by many different factors, but one of the biggest is how we were raised. As a longtime fat activist, I have heard tons of stories about well-meaning parents who'd talk about food choices in terms of weight loss rather than nutrition, or exercise as a moral imperative rather than a fun way to spend time. And their children grew up to develop harmful attitudes and behaviours because of it.

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We all have something about ourselves that we're working on. Maybe you want to be more confident at work, or more positive. Or perhaps you're having trouble accepting your body image for the time being, or wish you could be more present and appreciative of everything you have and the world around you.

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A while back, I met up with my pal Jenny Lawson, who was in town recording the audiobook version of her memoir, Let's Pretend This Never Happened. I asked her how it was going and she told me that it had been going horribly -- until, in a panic, she reached out to a writer friend of hers for advice.

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We all know that being seen as confident, but not cocky, at work can have a positive effect on our careers. From one-on-one meeting with your boss to giving a presentation to the whole team, your voice is one of the most important parts of project confidence. Here's how to adjust your voice so that how you say something has as much impact as what you say.

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There's an insidious quirk to your brain that, if you let it, can drive you absolutely batty. Tell me if this sounds familiar to you: You get anxious about confronting somebody in your life. That anxiety cripples you and you start wondering why you're so anxious. Now you're becoming anxious about being anxious. Oh no! Doubly anxious! Now you're anxious about your anxiety, which is causing more anxiety. Quick, where's the whiskey?

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Feeling like you don't measure up to those around you also makes you think you don't belong, like you're an impostor. A simple change in mindset can combat that feeling and remind you that we're all -- even your heroes -- human.

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Few things can ruin a good run like turning a corner and facing a towering hill. You were making good time! You were flying along and everything felt great and the robot lady on your running app was whispering excellent numbers into your ear. Now that all comes to an end. You must trudge.

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In May of 2014, I wore my first costume to a convention. It was a simple Doctor Krieger from Archer. Stepping into the shoes of a character I liked just seemed like a fun way to spend the weekend. Instead, it turned into an exploration of what it means to be confident.

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In a way, a conversation relies on improvisation -- you take your knowledge and experience and, on the fly, mould it into something others can work with to add to the discussion. As improv coach Chris Gethard explains in this clip, boosting your off-the-cuff skills can make you a better communicator in general.