Posted: 02/05/2015 8:15 am EST
You say “I love you” to your grandmother, your significant other and maybe even the stranger on the train who pointed out that you dropped your wallet – but when was the last time you said it to yourself?
It sounds absurd, but the truth is, we’d be a lot better off if we treated ourselves like we treated our friends and family. Research shows people who practice self-compassion feel more joy and are more optimistic and grateful than those who are harder on themselves.
Happify, a website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, broke down all the reasons why we should be more self-accepting. Take a look at the tips in the infographic below.