02/05/2015 08:15 am ET Updated Dec 06, 2017

Why We Should Be More Self-Accepting (According To Science)

You say "I love you" to your grandmother, your significant other and maybe even the stranger on the train who pointed out that you dropped your wallet -- but when was the last time you said it to yourself?

It sounds absurd, but the truth is, we'd be a lot better off if we treated ourselves like we treated our friends and family. Research shows people who practice self-compassion feel more joy and are more optimistic and grateful than those who are harder on themselves.

Happify, a website dedicated to helping people build skills for happiness through science-based activities and games, broke down all the reasons why we should be more self-accepting. Take a look at the tips in the infographic below.

--Lindsay Holmes

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