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Our culture is saturated with images of “ideal” human bodies so it’s totally understandable if the way you see your body is depressing you. But the key to feeling happy isn’t to change your body until it’s perfect (spoiler alert: there’s no such thing), but to learn to love your imperfections, says Erin Olivo, PhD, a clinical psychologist, Columbia University Assistant Professor of Medical Psychology, and author of Wise Mind Living: Master Your Emotions, Transform Your Life. “I ask all my patients to make a list of what they think makes a person valuable and worthy of love,” she says. “Appearance is almost never on that list, yet when I ask them to list the things they think make them unworthy of happiness, appearance is often the top answer.” Bottom line: Your happiness should not be dependent on your appearance. Need more? Here are the secrets of truly happy people.