"I can do anything good."

I know there are days when we feel down, when we feel anything but good about ourselves (I just had one of those days today, honestly...especially when other people really don't help).

According to the Journal of the American Academy of Child and Adolescent Psychiatry, self-esteem can play an important role in suicidal tendencies.
In their results of the study, "low self-esteem was related to higher levels of depression, hopelessness, suicidal ideation and an increased likelihood of having previously attempted suicide. Furthermore, self-esteem added to the understanding of suicidal ideation beyond what could be explained by depression and hopelessness."

We live in a world that does not foster self-esteem. People are taught to always vie after what others have, whether it's looks, better things, etc. But those people we compare our lives to — we have no idea what's going on in their lives.

No matter who you are, you are not alone. You are not the only one who feels the way you do — whether it's a person you've never met passing you in the grocery store or a celebrity who you're envious of. According to New York Daily News, there is a high rate of suicide attempts among models, who outwardly live glamorous lives.  You have no idea what he or she is going through...but chances are their life is not perfect. No one's life is perfect.

This four-year-old girl (now 13 in current day) has the right idea — starting her morning off by telling herself positive affirmations in front of the mirror. This is something I encourage everyone to do. Don't rely on someone else to make you feel better. Instead, start the day off by encouraging yourself.

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