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It’s OK to Love Yourself!

Research consistently shows that self-compassion leads to a healthier, happier life. Simply put, it means being kind with yourself. However, it’s important to distinguish self-compassion from self-esteem. Self-esteem refers to the degree in which we evaluate ourselves in a positive light. Self-compassion, on the other hand, says, “I am human and therefore worthy of love, and that includes my flaws.” To practice self-compassion, begin by identifying your feelings. Name them as best you can. Then, offer those feelings some kind words – words that validate your experience. Notice how you feel when you give yourself some love!

Robert Phillips, RCC., The Counselling Group,

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