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When it comes to positive thinkers, we decided a long time ago that America Ferrera is one of the most optimistic celebs out there. The Honduran-American actress might not be one of the most stereotypical Hollywood faces, but she’s definitely one of our favourites. Even more so after her recent message to fans.

The actress turned 33 on Wednesday and to celebrate she posted a picture of herself at a Soul Cycle class, talking about how she’s finally learned to embrace her body rather than fight it. And frankly, isn’t that something we could all learn to do a little bit better?

“At 33, I finally understand that my body is a miracle! After too many years of criticizing, punishing, depriving, or neglecting my body for what it isn’t, I’m attempting to love it unapologetically as it is!,” she wrote. “Thank you body for 33 years of standing with me even when I wasn’t on your side. I promise from here on out to stand by you and face down all the criticism and bullshit distractions (inner & outer), so that we can move beyond beautiful and get to the business of living! Thank you to these amazing humans and so many more who have inspired me to celebrate my health and strength! Get you some friends who remind you to celebrate your strong, healthy, loyal body!”

How can you not be inspired by that? Obviously there will always be things about ourselves that we’ll nitpick (and let’s not even get started about society’s beauty standards and how they relate to youth), but it’s important that we all give ourselves a break every once in a while.

It’s kind of appropriate that Ferrera be the one to remind us of that, too. After all, not only did she just complete her second triathlon earlier this month, but she’s the same gal who first inspired us to dig a little deeper through her role on Ugly Betty. As you’ll recall, that was a role in which she definitely downplayed her looks in order to make a point about the fashion industry.

Actually, Ferrera’s former Betty costars, Vanessa Williams and Michael Urie, had the actress top of mind yesterday too. The pair reunited to wish her a happy birthday on an Instagram post that we can’t get enough of.

Happy Birthday @americaferrera We ❤️ you xoxo @michaelurielikesit @chita_rivera & moi #uglybetty

A post shared by Vanessa Williams (@vanessawilliamsofficial) on

Happy birthday videos from celebrity friends and an awesome outlook on life? 33 looks good on Ferrera. Happy birthday, lady.