A new way to self-compassion
A new study documents the benefits of self-compassion and some of the unlikely ways to get there.
During hard times, people tend to become more selfish, hoping the extra me-time will cultivate more self-compassion. However, a new study from the University of California, Berkeley shows just the opposite to be true—taking time to focus on others may actually be the fastest way to make yourself feel better. The study was recently the subject of an article in Scientific American.
“There was a unique benefit to giving support—the benefit wasn’t just from feeling connected or realizing that others had problems, too,” says Juliana Breines, the study’s lead author. Brienes found that participants of the study who comforted others ultimately felt more compassionately towards themselves.
To read the article "Self-Compassion Fosters Mental Health," click here.
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