This year’s Billboard Women in Music Icon Award recipient Alanis Morissette spoke with the publication backstage, sharing some advice for women who might be struggling to find their self-worth and explaining why a little more empathy is needed in the world.

“It’s less about being happy all the time, where happiness is just a temporary state,” she noted. “It’s more about not fighting these parts of ourselves that are trying to express themselves through our consciousness and through our minds.”

She also took time to explain which social justice issues have been the most important to her this past year: “Is the idea of the taking of our bodies and trauma recovery and understanding personality disorders and understanding depression and anxiety and looking at mental health and mental wellness.”

As more and more artists are taking time for themselves, Morissette’s words ring true as ever, but they also apply to the average person as well. Watch the full video below.

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