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Source: Rina Raphael, TODAY, Published September 14 2012

Hot Topics: Poehler dishes out body issues advice

Amy Poehler: funny, successful, down-to-earth, pals with Tina Fey – the exact person we all secretly want as our BFF.

And now the adorable comedian and mom, 40, just upped the ante by demonstrating she’s just as good at listening and dispensing valuable girlfriend advice as she is at impersonating Hillary Clinton or navigating local politics on “Parks and Recreation.”

In the latest installment of her web series “Smart Girls at the Party,” Amy takes on the daunting task of helping a viewer with an age-old question: What would you say to a woman struggling with body issues?

In what could have easily devolved into a cheesy, cringe-inducing response, Amy – who sympathizes with what affects nearly all women – gives a thoughtful, heartwarming and surprisingly helpful answer: “Sometimes a good way to help yourself get out of it is to have some gratitude,” she suggests. “If you can go around your body and kind of thank it for what it gives you and thank yourself for your great eyesight, or your thick hair, or your nice legs, or your strong teeth or whatever it is that you have that you were given.”

She wisely points out that it’s best not to focus on the things that will never change, because we’re all different, and we’re not all Gisele Bundchen.

“There’s only five symmetrical people in the world,” Amy confirms, adding “and they’re all movie stars – and they should be, because their faces are very pleasing to look at.”