What Is Self-Compassion?

This day has gotten away from me. I could beat myself up on all the stuff I didn’t do or did badly OR I could tell myself it’s OK. Guess which is self-compasionate?

“Do you treat yourself as well as you treat your friends and family?

That simple question is the basis for a burgeoning new area of psychological research called self-compassion — how kindly people view themselves. People who find it easy to be supportive and understanding to others, it turns out, often score surprisingly low on self-compassion tests, berating themselves for perceived failures like being overweight or not exercising.

The research suggests that giving ourselves a break and accepting our imperfections may be the first step toward better health. People who score high on tests of self-compassion have less depression and anxiety, and tend to be happier and more optimistic. Preliminary data suggest that self-compassion can even influence how much we eat and may help some people lose weight.”

SELF-COMPASSION – Well Blog – NYTimes.com.

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