Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

Not ALL female characters have to be disapproving wives or murder victims, you know? When it comes to legit examples of strong, complicated, unapologetically weird women in pop culture (besides Kathie Lee or Hoda), these days one can't really do much better than Mindy Kaling's title character from The Mindy Project. Sure, Dr. Mindy Lahiri might not be name-checked in a Le Tigre song (yet?), but modern women (and men and humans) still find it endlessly enjoyable to watch her navigate awkward situations, make terrible mistakes, and ultimately come out on the other side with the kind of dignity and intelligence not seen very often on TV. But the most subtly empowering thing about Kaling's character? She's a female lead who is very, very funny.

To further illustrate The Mindy Project's particular brand of female empowerment, here are 12 helpful life tips in a handy .GIF listicle!

1. Let's cool it with qualifiers.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

2. You're only as old as you feel.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

3. Own your past accomplishments.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

4. Some things just don't count.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

5. Cherish your beauty.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

6. Make them listen.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

7. Remember life's simple pleasures.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

8. Reach out to younger generations.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

9. Celebrate your strengths.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

10. Stay in touch with your spiritual side.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

11. Don't let supposedly perfect people make you feel bad about yourself.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

12. Stop wishing you'd done something and actually DO it.

Are You There Mindy? It's Me, Everyone: Life According to Dr. Lahiri

If you've felt lost without your source of impeccable wisdom and guidance, do not fear because The Mindy Project returns Tuesday, September 17 at 9:30/8:30c on Fox. Head here to learn more about the series.