Why are we trading self acceptance for social acceptance?
OUR WORLD TELLS US DAILY IN THOUSANDS OF WAYS THAT OUR VALUE AS HUMAN BEINGS IS LINKED TO OUR PHYSICAL APPEARANCE.
Research from Griffith University reveals watching just seven minutes of "beauty content" in one session on TikTok and Instagram is enough for young people to experience significant shame and anxiety about their appearance. (Sept 2022)
WHY WE NEED TO APPROACH BEAUTY DIFFERENTLY FOR OUR YOUNG PEOPLE
Parents are often not aware of the toxic beauty advice that their young people are exposed to everyday...
We need to remind our young people to believe in their differences – to accept them wholeheartedly, to celebrate them and to nurture them.
RESEARCH IN SCHOOLS
In 2003 the Foundation undertook research in Victorian schools into students beliefs about what made them beautiful and their levels of body dissatisfaction.
Results showed that 96% didn’t like the way they looked.
Those students that liked the way they looked and embraced their differences (physical and behavioural), exhibited very high levels of self belief. These students experienced significantly less bullying, more inclusion and acceptance of their differences.
when we accept our own differences, we accept the differences in other people and the differences in life.
the Dissolving Differences program for education
On the back of the research the Dissolving Differences Program was created. The story 'A Lifetime of BEAUTY' written by Gregory Landsman was launched in schools along with an accompanying study guide called The Dissolving Differences Program, written by education psychologist Christine Evely.
A Lifetime of BEAUTY has been used in education as a book to build self-esteem for almost twenty years. It is endorsed and recommended by education professionals and psychologists across the globe.
A BEAUTIFUL LIFE IS ABOUT LIVING PEACEFULLY & JOYFULLY WITH YOURSELF AND IS BUILT ON...
BALANCE – a balance of inner virtues that radiate outwardly and shape our beauty and our lives.
ENTHUSIASM – to show enthusiasm for who we are and all aspects of ourselves.
ACCEPTANCE – accepting ourselves as a whole without isolating or fragmenting our beauty to certain physical characteristics.
UNDERSTANDING we were born whole and beautiful and along the way educated to doubt it. But if we can create insecurity, we can eliminate it.
TRUST – Learning to trust in who we are and value our opinions.
YOU have what it takes to create the life you deserve.
our beauty as human beings has nothing to do with masculinity, femininity or physical perfection – it is about humanity and celebrating the divine differences
we all bring to the world.
We can all live A Lifetime of BEAUTY when we allow our individuality to shine and share it with the world...
Gregory Landsman Podcast Series
'I believe in the equality of beauty,
That no-one is better than who we are
And in the same breath no-one is less
In this truth lies our hope, our freedom
And our strength to live a good life.'
A Lifetime of BEAUTY Author
DISSOLVING DIFFERENCES SPEAKING ENGAGEMENTS IN SCHOOLS
To have Gregory Landsman speak to your school on the Dissolving Differences Program and A Lifetime of BEAUTY please contact us HERE.