Why is self-compassion good for us?
There seems to be a view that self-compassion is just a soft and fluffy thing to do – like cuddling a soft rabbit.
There are some hard facts out there. According to Kristin Neff, one of the world’s leading researchers into self-compassion, research strongly indicates that self-compassion offers emotional resiliency.
People who are self-compassionate are:
Less perfectionistic – they are not constantly beating themselves up if they make a mistake
Self-compassionate people tend to have a more comfortable relationship with their bodies which includes experiencing less shame about not having a perfect body. This is something I have found. It’s not easy for me because I have a lot of hang ups about the way I look and as I age it gets harder still. Developing my self-compassion has enabled me to ride the wrinkles, the downward trend of my body with more kindness and far less self-criticsm than I used to have when I was much younger.
Self-compassion is also equally strongly related to positive states related to happiness, optimism, self-confidence, life satisfaction, curiosity, creativity. Self-compassion offers a path to more joy and happiness!
Research shows SC is powerfully predictive of psychological well-being.
What else do you need to convince yourself to give self-compassion a try?!