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COMPASSION

Try approaching your experience with an open heart. Treat yourself as though you were your only child.

Compassion involves directing mercy and tenderness toward ourselves and others during moments of suffering. Many of us have a tendency to criticize ourselves mercilessly for our mistakes or perceived failures.

People who practice self-compassion are less vulnerable to anxiety and depression and tend to experience a greater sense of joy and well-being.

Studies have shown that practicing meditation increases compassion. These studies show that people who participate in an 8-week Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction class have increased grey matter in the area of the brain that relates to compassion and empathy.

Practice treating yourself as though you were your only child. Treat yourself with mercy and tenderness, and embrace your humanity and imperfections.

Read more about Mindfulness-Based Stress Reduction (MBSR)