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Accepting yourself can make you happier. Happy
Research suggests that self-acceptance could lead to greater satisfaction with your life — but it’s a habit that many people practice the least. In order to start seeing yourself the way your friends see you, try asking some of your close pals to share what they think are some of your strengths. Then return the favor. You’ll get some insight into what stands out about you, and you’ll feel happier about the kindness you displayed back.
It could encourage you to reach those health goals. Running Outside
Self-compassion may be the motivation we need to get ourselves to the gym or to kick that smoking habit. Research published in the journal Health Psychology found that building yourself up instead of tearing yourself down can lead to better health decisions. One way to keep track of your goals (and reinforce the accomplishments you’ve already made) is by writing them down. Studies show that putting pen to paper helps your health and well-being — in other words, you’re doing yourself a favor by putting your accolades in writing.
Self-compassion may help with mental health issues. Depression
Studies suggest that those who have higher self-compassion are less at risk for developing depression or anxiety, the New York Times reported. Furthermore, research also shows that loving yourself has the potential to make you more optimistic, and students who place their self-worth on internal habits like moral values are less stressed and tend to perform better academically.
It can push you to stop procrastinating. Procrastination
We’ve all been there: We’ve got an approaching deadline… so it’s time to binge-watch every episode of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The antidote? A little self-love. Research suggests that self-compassion can reduce the stress that causes us to procrastinate because it helps us recognize the downside of the habit without putting us in a negative thought spiral. If you’re worried about completing a task (and putting it off as a result), try a little self-affirmation, which has been shown to increase problem-solving skills when you’re stressed. Use some of these mantras to get started. You can do this.
Loving yourself can lead you through adversity. Hugging yourself
Life certainly has its peaks and valleys. But when we’re on the downswing, a little self-love can help put you back on the up and up. A study published in the journal Psychological Science found that recently divorced individuals who spoke compassionately toward themselves were more able to bounce back in the months following the separation than those who spoke with self-criticism. So how do we start talking to ourselves in this way? Try some simpl