How To Improve Your Physical Appearance To Make An Excellent First Impression


Like it or not, people will always judge you on your physical appearance. Provided they stick around to get to know you better, the way you look underneath will eventually become more important. However, you should still care about the way you look, whether you care about the opinion of others, or not. The way we look helps us in all aspects of life, from going for job interviews, to going on that all-important first date, so for the people who matter, it is good to make that excellent first impression.

Now, we are not all blessed with stunning good looks, but that doesn’t matter. We can still improve our appearance, without trying to look like a catwalk model. So, to help you make an excellent first impression on the people who count the most, here are three proven ways to improve your physical appearance.

Eat the right foods

For all aspects of your appearance, it is important to eat a healthy diet. Certain foods are good for your skin and hair, for example, and they are a natural way to improve your appearance without the need for expensive cosmetic products. Foods rich in vitamin E and omega-3 are prime examples.

Then there is the issue of body weight. We don’t agree with body shaming, and you can be beautiful whatever your body size. However, if you are trying to lose weight, we gave you some dieting advice here,, which may help you make the right food choices.

Focus on your smile

Smiling is something we should all do more often, as not only will it brighten our day (and face), but it can give a lift to the people around us, as well. However, those of us with bad teeth may be inclined to keep smiling to a minimum.

For starters, don’t worry if you haven’t been able to maintain your pearly whites. We lose enamel as we get older so our teeth will become naturally discoloured. A tooth-whitening toothpaste will help, but you should also avoid soft drinks and smoking which will stain your teeth further. A dentist can help for a longer-term solution to teeth whitening, and they can also correct crooked teeth with a brace. Rather than the unsightly metal braces of time gone by, they now use invisalign trays which are virtually invisible. For more information, read what this dentist has to say,, and you will see the benefits. 

Dress sense

You don’t need to be a follower of fashion, but you should still have some dress sense when it comes to picking out your outfit. You want clothes that fit perfectly, are comfortable to wear, and are a showcase for your natural body features. People often base their opinion on what you wear, so you don’t want to stand out from the crowd too much, unless you are trying to make a particular statement. For more advice, we recommend you read the article at to help you make the right choices when choosing what to wear.

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What’s Your Age Again? Secret Tips To Looking Ten Years Younger

Of all the things that can shake us to our core, there are none quite as dramatic as looking into the mirror and thinking, ‘wow, I got old.’ While much of how old we feel is connected to our attitude and how happy we are, it’s hard to deny that it’s difficult to feel youthful when we’re constantly reminded that we’re no longer a spring chicken. However, we don’t have just to roll over and submit to time’s march; we can fight back, and in fact, there are a number of things we can do that’ll take ten years off our age. Take a look below.



Get Active

You might have resisted joining a gym in your younger years, but it’s worth reconsidering if you’re determined to look and feel younger. Exercise has many, many benefits; it boosts our mood, improves our health, and yes, makes us look younger than we are. How? In many ways. Studies have shown that exercise can slow down the aging process in cells, which means at a fundamental level you’ll be fighting back practically. It’ll also keep your trim and toned, so you won’t have the telltale signs of belly and arm fat that can give your age away.

Take Care of the Skin

For most people, it’s not their attitude, how they dress, or anything else that makes them look old: it’s their skin. Above anything else, it’s important that you take care of your skin if you want to maintain that youthful look. If you’re spending time in the sun, it’s imperative that you wear lotion to protect yourself from the sun’s harmful rays. If you’ve already got a few wrinkles and blemishes, take a look at the cryotherapy treatments available at; it’ll tighten your skin, giving it a more youthful and more energetic look. Additionally, make sure you have a skin moisturizer in your makeup bag, and use it on your hands regularly.

Eat the Right Foods

You are what you eat, or so they say, so make sure you’re eating those foods that will contribute to a youthful look. Fish that are high in Omega-3 (see a list at, high-quality olive oil, dark chocolate, and green tea will all help keep you looking young. And bonus: these foods and drinks are delicious, too.

Don’t Fight All Battles

One part of looking young is…not to try to look too young. You can’t win all the battles, and knowing which ones to let go off will, paradoxically, make you look younger. There’ll come a time when you have to get rid of those flowing locks, in which case switch out for a shorter bob. The same goes for clothes. Eventually, you should give up on following the youthful fashions, and instead focus on clothes that’ll bring out your best features.

And finally, remember to stay open, energetic, and full of fun! With that attitude, plus the tips mentioned above, you’ll have people amazed when you tell them your real age.


Can You Really Make A Career Out Of Doing What You Love?

There’s an incredibly old saying that goes “find a job that you love, and you’ll never work a day in your life.” It’s something that you’ve likely heard before, and it’s become something of a cliche. However, that doesn’t make it any less true. The truth is that most of us end up getting stuck in jobs that we don’t really care about and we just assume that that’s the way things are meant to be. We just assume that you’re supposed to spend each day feeling bored or frustrated at work rather than feeling overjoyed to get out of bed each day and start working. However, that’s not the way things need to be. The truth is that it’s almost always possible to make a living doing what you love. It’s just that the path to achieving that is often rife with obstacles and challenges. If you’re willing to fight through all of those things, here are a few ways that you can go about making a career doing what you really love.

Find what you’re passionate about

This might sound strangely obvious, but the truth is that it’s actually much more of a challenge to figure out what you’d be happy doing with your life than you might think. Sure, there are probably a lot of things in your life that you really care about, but what do you love enough to dedicate every day to it? Perhaps your passion lies in things like TV, movies, and music? Well then consider if you can’t make a career out of writing about those things, or even making them if you’re the creative type. Or maybe you really love being able to help people develop and improve themselves. If that’s the case, then you could make a career in everything from therapies to career guidance.

Do your research

Of course, just because you know what you really love doesn’t mean that you’re suddenly ready to start earning a living. It’s crucial that you do as much research as possible to figure out what the potential career paths in your chosen passion are. If something like yoga is the thing that you’re truly passionate about then looking at the kinds of things offered by is incredibly useful for understanding how to actually make a career out of it. Or perhaps you’re a real gearhead whose passion for cars eclipses everything is in your life? Well then you should figure out what kinds of careers to pursue that would make you happy. Whether you want to work as a mechanic, fixing up old cars, or an engineer, designing the next generation of new ones, there are always different avenues you can follow, no matter what your passion is.   

 Of course, it’s important to remember that, even when you’re working a job you love, there will be days of frustration and hard work. The difference is that you’ll feel so much more prepared to deal with these things when you’re doing something that you’re passionate about than you would if you were just working to earn a living.


Seizing The Opportunity Is All About The Attitude You Have


With winter approaching, the time for self-help motivational guides has come. Not only because winter is the most difficult season to motivate yourself in, but because in 2017 in our society, there should be no reason to feel down about yourself when such abundance surrounds us. Luckily, no matter and in spite of the external circumstances of our life, a solid set of behaviors and attitudes can mean all the difference when meeting the challenges of life, not least our aptitude to bearing the weather.

Stay Fit 

Everyone knows you should do exercise, but how well are you switching up your routine? As with anything, you’ll need variety in order to make things interesting and to prevent you from being dulled to them. Many people begin an exercise regime believing that they’ll stick to it, only to give it up a month later because they haven’t treated it with the priority it deserves. Stay healthy and fit in your life, and many of your life circumstances will be met with a vigor and strength which would have seemed impossible before. A difficult situation in the day is much better to cope with when you’ve worked hard in the gym that morning.

It sets us up for the best day we can have, and in that instance gives us the time we require to relax into our routine with a much clearer mind. If you’re used to lifting weights or running outside, why not push your limits through HIIT workout classes at your gym? If you’re tired of your standard spin class, why not try an accessory to your workout such as yoga or adding in more bodyweight exercises?

Not all variants in a schedule mean you need to add more volume, either. Taking a deload week when lifting weights where you do nothing but light walking can help de-stress your system so you can come back to the routine with a fresh, rested perspective. You are much more likely to seize the opportunities surrounding you, regarding career, relationships and social events if you take these measures to prevent feeling lethargic, especially in cold, dreary weather.


It’s easy to forget the progressive mentality required to help you keep going in the direction of your goals. Luckily, it’s not hard to re-establish, even if you’ve been lethargic and close to depression for some time. To overcome this feeling, you need to introduce yourself to new habits and new ways of thinking. This sounds easier to declare than to do, but that needn’t be the case. There is a prevalence of inspirational material out there, and it all depends on what you bring into your world.

What do you allow your mind to be drawn to? In the age of almost freely available content and information, there is so much out there to be inspired by. If you find yourself reading celebrity magazines or looking at the Instagram pages of people who are better and happier than you, you might be putting yourself into a hole of negative thinking. Instead, listen to inspirational, nourishing podcasts. Believe it or not, but the soundtrack that carries your life through your music tastes also says a lot about your personality. Listening to upbeat, inspirational music, even though it can seem cheesy to those who aren’t used to it can help overcome your current lethargic moods, as the music speaks to us on a level more profound than mere rationality.

Over time, you will become the person you want to be. Who says it has to be sooner rather than later?

Family Activities to Bring You All Closer Together

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As a parent, it is your responsibility not only to take good care of your kids, but to ensure that you spend lots of time with them building a strong bond that will ensure that, should your kids be dealing with any serious issues, they will feel confident that they can talk to you about anything. One of the easiest ways to do this is by scheduling regular family activities, where you can all have fun together while laughing, playing and talking.

Here are some of the best family activities to bring your family closer together:

Family Dinner

If you can’t have a family dinner around the table every night, and this can be difficult if you or your spouse work long hours and the kids are enrolled in extracurricular activities, at least schedule a couple of nights when you can get around the table each week.

When you’re all enjoying a home cooked meal around the table, it’s the perfect opportunity to ask the kids about their day, hash out any problems and generally just enjoy some pleasant time together. Families who eat dinner together often, tend to be happier and closer than those who do not, so make a real effort to incorporate this into your life.

TV Time

You might be wondering what I’ve included Tv time on the list. Watching TV often gets a bad wrap. Some people will say that it causes families to become more distant, and less inclined to talk to each other, but it doesn’t have to be that way. If you have decent cable and on-demand services from Optimum, for example, you can pick out a couple of shows that have family appeal and which feature a range of issues you might want to broach with the kids. For example, if you want to talk about mental health and suicide with your teenager, sitting down to watch 13 Reasons Why together could be a good way to broach the subject. The key is to limit TV time and encourage the watching of shows to be a family thing, not a solitary pursuit.

Organize a Camping Trip

Spending some time in the Great Outdoors as a family is undoubtedly one of the best ways to do some serious family bonding. For a period of time, you’re taken away from your normal lives and the myriad gadgets that keep you from spending quality time together, which means you have to entertain yourselves. You can do this by swapping family stories, telling tall tales and asking your kids about their aspirations. It’s sure to be a very illuminating time that will give them memories to treasure forever.

Have a Games Night

Game nights might seem a little quaint in the internet age, but there’s nothing quite like gathering around the dinner table to play a game of Monopoly or Settlers of Catan to bring the whole family together for some wholesome fun. If you struggle to convince the kids, there are no reasons why you can’t throw some console games into the mix, just prepare to be thrashed!

Library Trips

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Encouraging your kids to read more will only ever be to their benefit, and enjoying trips to the library together is a great way for the whole family to bond. You can discuss books you loved and hated, read favorite passages to each other, and as with Tv watching, you can use books to bring up those topics that might otherwise be awkward to discuss.

Home Movies

Investing in a video camera is a great way to get closer as a family. Not only will you be able to document all of the important milestones in family life, but you can encourage the kids to talk to grandma and grandpa about their life experiences, on film, bringing them closer together and fostering a greater appreciation for the extended family. You’ll all have lots of fun watching the videos back too.

Volunteer Together

Volunteering is a great way to give back to your community, and something that all children should be encouraged to do. If they have a particular passion, whether it’s for rescue animals or the environment, see if there’s a local related non-profit that you could volunteer for as a family. They’ll appreciate the effort you’re making to know more about their passions, and even more that you’re willing to help.

Learn Together

In a similar vein, if your children are interested in learning a new hobby, such as karate, knitting or painting, instead of simply paying for them to have classes, why not go along too? Having at least one interest in common will definitely make it easier for you to relate to each other and you’ll probably increase your cool parent rating by at least 30 points if you show a genuine interest in doing something your kids love.

Start a Tradition

Your family probably had a few traditions, like baking cookies every Saturday or going out for dinner with your grandparents on the last Sunday of the month. Why not start a new tradition just for your family; something that you’ll all enjoy now and which you’ll look back on with fondness in years to come. It can be something simple like a family walk through the park after Sunday brunch; it doesn’t matter as long as it brings as many members of the family together as possible.

Random Acts of Kindness

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Random acts of kindness are a great way to enjoy family time together because, not only do you get to spend some quality time as a family, but you teach your kids about the importance of sharing, being kind and looking after your fellow man. Acts of kindness can be as simple as helping an elderly person cross the road, or something a bit more involved like crafting cards and gifts to be given anonymously to neighbors.

Whether you spend your time playing, laughing or eating together,  what really matters is that you are taking the time and effort to actually do things together. Spending quality time together as a family is the best possible thing you can do for their children to give them a happy childhood now and a bright future.

Glamming Up The Little Things

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 Keeping yourself looking and feeling good can be quite hard in the 21st century, there are unrealistic beauty standards that we are expected to achieve and this can put us down! However, there are some things that you can do to make your look that extra bit better, so keep on reading to find out about them!

Dying Your Ends

Your hair is one of the focal points for your look, it’s colour and style determines the way in which people view you! There isn’t anything subtle about hair because it’s out for everyone to see and often isn’t easily hidden, however there is one thing you can do; dye the ends! Instead of dying the entire length of your hair, if you just do the ends you can achieve a very cool but subtle look with your hair. It’s in opposition to dying the entirety of your hair.  It’s also cheaper too as you’re not going to be dying the whole of length of your hair, so you’re going to be able to make the dye last longer!

Getting Your Nails Done

Your nails are like hair for your hands, they’re what either make the look or break it! However, unlike hair they are incredibly subtle and can make a great addition to your look, so long as they match! You have two options with nails, you can either buy add on ones from websites like or you can get them done at a local nail salon. Why is this so good you ask? Well, it doesn’t hurt your bank very much at all and it’s something that can change your entire look if you really get it right, but people won’t be able to put their finger on it so it’s a subtle game changer!


Eyeliner can go two ways, it’s either too bold or too little, but it’s one of the most important things on your face that dictates the look! Your eyeliner should match your look ideally, but there is a way to make it subtle and enhance your look at the same time, so how do you do it? The trick is to put as little on as possible without making it stand out; a short but wide wing will do the job right, it will be barely noticeable but it will contribute greatly to the look. To achieve this, you’re going to need eyeliner that matches your skintone well and goes on easy, the likes of which you can get from and make sure it matches your eyeshadow too else it’s going to stick out loads 

Doing all of these things is recommended if you want to go for a subliminally killer look, you’re going to have just the ends of your hair dyed a different colour so you stand out but not too much, your nails are going to make your hands look even more elegant and stylish and your eyeliner is going to just finish it all off! The one thing we haven’t covered though is the smile, so read this to learn how to take care of yours!

Are You Taking Enough Breaks From Your Kids?

Any parent will laugh at you when you suggest the idea of them having time away from their kids. They’ll tell you that they don’t have the time, and even if they did, they wouldn’t want to abandon them. But they’re probably doing themselves more harm than good by having this attitude. It’s important for parents to have time away from their kids for a lot of reasons. It’s better for their relationship with each other, as well as their relationship with the kids. If you aren’t spending time alone, these are the reasons that you should be.




Stress is a central part of every parent’s life. You aren’t going to escape it, but you can help to negate the effects by having a bit of time away from the hustle and bustle of family life. Why not go for a relaxing deep tissue massage to de stress, or meet with a friend for coffee. Whatever it is that you do to relax, taking this time away from the kids and regrouping will stop you from burning yourself out. When you return to them afterwards you’ll be revitalized and you’ll be able to enjoy your time with them more because you won’t feel like you’re being overloaded.


It’s important for your children’s development that they see you as a person in your own right. You’re always going to be their parent before anything else, but they need to see you expressing your own personality or identity so that when they grow up, they understand it’s ok for them to do the same. Seeing you going out to do things that you enjoy will encourage them to do the same and help them to start forming their own identity.

Give Them Space

People always think that taking a break from your kids is all about you, but the truth is, they need it as much as you do. Kids don’t want to spend every waking moment with you otherwise they’ll be completely defined by you. Without time to be independent, they’ll never learn to do things for themselves and they won’t be able to develop a personality separate from you. They’re also going to move out permanently at some point so if you’ve not got used to being an individual without them, that transition is going to be incredibly hard for both of you.

Think For Yourself

When you’re a parent, most of the things that you think about are related to the kids. Who needs picking up from where? What are you having for dinner? You barely get a chance to think about anything for yourself. That’s not healthy for anybody so getting some time away to think about the things that you used to think about before you were a parent is always a positive.

Leaving your kids for a while doesn’t mean that you’re abandoning them. It will give you both a much needed rest and strengthen the bond between you, so don’t be afraid to look after yourself and take a bit of time for yourself every once in awhile. 

It’s About Time You Began To Love The Body You Were Born With

It’s hard to pinpoint exactly when it starts, but body shaming and body negativity tend to start early in women. Whether you’re a teen or a young adult, or even a child, there all comes a time when we begin to get a little more conscious of how we look. And it almost always extends to the shape of our bodies, regardless of what size or shape you naturally are.

Whether you’re thin or curvy, everyone judges themselves based on how they think they should look. And it can be tough. We’re often hard on ourselves to the extremes that we damage our health, bother physically and mentally. But there comes a time when we need to say enough is enough; we need to love the skin we’re in. And now’s the time. So let’s take a look at the ways you can start to feel more comfortable in the body you were born in.

Adjust Your Mindset 

First of all, you’re going to want to work on that mindset of yours. Because the issues often start in your mind, and after a while, you’ll find that you tend to think in a routine way, rather than being kind to yourself. So, you’re going to want to try and find a healthier mental state that can help you to see your body differently. This won’t happen overnight, and it will take work, but it’s important that you adjust your mindset if this is going to work.

Enjoy Eating

At the same time, you need to be able to work on your attitude with food. If you often restrict yourself or overeat, you’re going to want to change the way you think about your food. A great way to do this is to start eating for pleasure. You need to be mindful when you eat, enjoy your meals, and not feel shameful about food if you want to change your mindset and feel comfortable in your body.

Exercise For Mental Clarity 

When you struggle with your body, it’s likely that you have an unhealthy relationship with exercise as well as food. It’s either going to be something that you’re terrified of or addicted to. However, to start loving your body more, you need to see exercise as a tool, and not a means to an end. Because exercise can help your mental state here and allow you to clear your mind while working towards a new way of thinking.

Set Yourself Goals

Then, you should think about setting yourself goals. Whether you need to make changes in order to accept your body as it is, or to feel better in yourself, goals can often help you to get there. As long as you’re working towards feel better about yourself too, you’ll be on the right track.

Take Action

Then, you’re going to need to focus on some action. A part of accepting your body shape is working with it. If you’re really unhappy about your body, you need to take action to make yourself better. Whether you want to work with sustainable weight loss or even build some muscle, nows the time to do it. By taking action in line with your goals, you will start to feel better about your body.

Practice Positive Thinking

But you should also work on some positive thinking. Adjusting your mindset is just the start because you need to not only avoid the negative thoughts and pressure but actually be kinder to yourself too. This will take you some work, but by finally being positive about your body, you will start to feel more comfortable. 

Get A Glow

Combined with your new positive thinking, you’re also going to want to work on other ways to be happy. When you’re focusing on happiness and positivity overall in life, you will be able to take away from any body shaming or negativity that you’ve previously obsessed over. To do this, you’re going to want to take steps towards making yourself happier, whether it’s with self-care and pampering, or taking up a new interest.

Dress For Success 

Finally, as your start to get a bit more positive and begin to accept your body for what it is, you then need to put the cherry on top of the cake. To do this, you should focus on what you wear. When you dress for your body shape and make clothing choices that allow you to feel good, you’ll begin to feel more confident in your skin. When fashion flatters, it can go a long way to help you feel happier in the body you were born with.


The Path To Achieving A Healthier Mental State

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The majority of people deal with mental struggles to some degree. For some, that might simply involve a little stress at work or school. For others, the mental struggles might stretch deeper into their minds. Wherever you fall on the spectrum, you shouldn’t simply “make do” with a poor mental state, in much the same way as you shouldn’t make do if you’re physically poorly. Here are some helpful pieces of advice that might just help you on the path to achieving a healthier mental state.

Look after your body.

For many people, the core thing which is negatively affecting their mental states is a failure to look after their bodies. Even if you think you’re doing all you can to take care of your body, you should consider all the different aspects of your daily routine and whether any of them might be hindering your physical and mental state. A lack of sleep is a problem that you should definitely fix. Sleep-deprivation essentially starves the mind of the energy it needs, so the downsides don’t involve simply “feeling tired” all day; continuing down this route for too long can lead to mental health problems such as depression. Alongside sleeping better, doing some form of exercise can help to improve your mental state too. Even if it’s just a long walk, find a way to get your body moving every day.

Talk about your problems.

It seems like an obvious piece of advice, but the best way to get through your mental struggles is still the simplest: you need to talk about your problems. Family, friends, and other loved ones will all be desperate for you to open up to them and allow them to support you. You need to give them that opportunity because problems can often become worse when you allow them to spiral out of control within your own mind.

Of course, if you can’t bring yourself to talk to your loved ones about certain difficulties for whatever reason then you might want to consider other routes to healing through talking. You could see a clinical psychologist because a proper medical diagnosis of whatever seems to be affecting your mind can also lead to a proper medical solution to your problems. Talking always leads to the solution. Sometimes talking with friends is enough to heal your heavy mind. If not then talking with a professional can lead to a physical diagnosis and solution. The point is that you’ll only be moving forward if you talk to people about your problems.

Start a diary.

If you don’t have it in you to talk to anybody, for whatever reason, then you could try different routes to getting your feelings out in the open. You can start a diary and log all your feelings every single day. You’ll have the similar feeling of expressing the thoughts in your mind out into the real world but you won’t have to actually show anybody other than yourself the contents of your mind. It might also help to see these thoughts on paper to help make sense of your brain. It can help you deal with anxiety, depression, and stress.

How To Fake It, Naturally


When it comes to the world of beauty, there is so much to take in it can all feel a bit much. With lotions and potions, treatments and procedures, you can often feel like there’s a lot to take on. Then there’s also the look you want to go for. Sometimes you can see some of the more out-there beauty looks and want to run for the hills. But you don’t have to. And although your self-worth is not based on how you look, you can feel better in yourself when you get your beauty down. If you want to feel your most natural self, but with a little help from the beauty world, here are a few tricks on how to achieve that.


Go Up A Shade


First of all, you may want to think about your tanning options. Although laying out in the sun for hours is unhealthy for your skin, a natural sun-kissed glow always looks good. So fake it. Try out a few different tanning products and see if you can find a shade and an application method that works for you. With your skin a slightly darker shade, you may feel that you look healthier and feeling more confident overall.


Get Things In Line


Next, let’s talk about teeth. Smiling is something you should feel confident with, but when your teeth aren’t in line, it can make you feel uncomfortable. So do something about it. There are lots of options that can help you to get straighter teeth, some of them will be more expensive than others, but you should be able to find a solution that suits you. Then, you’ll still be naturally you, just a straighter version.


Get Some Length


Now we’ll move on to hair. For most people, hair is like a safety blanket. It makes up a huge part of who you are, so you want it to look right. If you’re not happy with your hair shape, why not think about adding in some length? With Remy human hair extensions you can get a longer look but in a natural way as the hair is real. Plus, you’ll also get more volume to work with too.


Go Semi-Permanent


Another beauty solution you could consider is permanent makeup. It’s actually a semi-permanent solution that can last a year or two and will give you filled out brows, eyeliner, and even lipliner. So it will save you from applying makeup every day. You could also do the same with lash extensions if you want a complete makeup look, but naturally.


Get In Shape


Finally, the last thing you may want to think about faking for a natural finish is your body shape. If you’re uncomfortable in your own skin, it can affect your confidence. But when you learn to dress for your body shape, accentuate your features, and downplay the parts you don’t look, it will give you the biggest confidence in the most natural of ways – without having to change anything about your body.