Compassion is obviously a good quality in a person. But what's often ovelooked--and equally important--is the need for self-compassion.
People who have compassion for themselves are happier, more optimistic and more grateful than those who are harder on themselves, according to research compiled by Happify, a company that builds online games designed to boost personal satisfaction and happiness. The company adds that self-compassionate people are also better able to forgive others, lower their risk for depression and stress and are more effective at implementing coping strategies. Finally, self-compassion can even increase your ability to bounce back during a breakup or divorce and shorten recovery time.
To see if you need a self-compassion boost, here are five tell-tale signs from the folks at Happify:
- Nothing is ever good enough
- Your way is always the right way
- You ruminate repeatedly over your missteps
- You see things as black or white, with no gray
- You have an intense fear of failure
For more on how to practice self-compassion in the workplace, check out the infographic below: