A Little Happier: With Just a Few Words, We Can Help Others See Themselves Differently.

My daughter Eleanor made me see myself in an entirely new light.

Instead of (with ample justification, I must admit) teasing me for the outfit I’d pulled together to help keep me warm, she said with admiration, “You look like Han Solo!”

Who, of course, is one of the intrepid heroes of the Star Wars saga.

That’s right, I looked like Han Solo.

Has anyone ever said something that made you see yourself in an entirely new way? Words matter.

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  • When I was in high school, I had braces, glasses and a bad perm. It was as attractive as it sounds. The little boy I babysat for told me that when he grew up, he wanted “things on his teeth” and glasses too. To this day, it’s one of the nicest compliments I’ve ever received!

  • Mimi Gregor

    …And then you pulled your laser-blaster out of your boot and held it aloft, thereby completing the ensemble….

  • Serena

    i’m training for my first triathlon and i recently received the suit i ordered a while ago, basically a mix between a swimming suit and a cyclist short, i took it out of the package and was thinking.. so not sexy hrrr.. and my boyfriend looked at the suit and said, that’s a superhero costume, awesome! So now i’m a superhero 😀

    • gretchenrubin

      LOVE IT!