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.

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Science says we need more self-compassion
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