This 10-Minute Exercise Is Scientifically Proven to Make You Feel Better About Yourself

This 10-Minute Exercise Is Scientifically Proven to Make You Feel Better About Yourself

via Inc.com by Minda Zetlin

Do you feel confident, secure, and generally good about yourself? Or are you constantly piling on self-criticism, scolding yourself for your many failings, and especially for the way you look? If your answer is the latter, would you like to feel better about yourself, and happier with your own body?

A wholesale change in your attitude about yourself, your feelings of self-worth, and your body image can only happen over a long time, with a lot of sustained effort. But new research by Renee Engeln, Ph.D., psychology professor at Northwestern and author of Beauty Sick: How the Cultural Obsession with Appearance Hurts Girls and Women, has demonstrated that a 10-minute writing exercise, can make a real difference to these feelings in the short term at least.

There are a few different versions of this exercise, but they’re all exceedingly simple. Here is the simplest version, based on the work of Kristin Neff, Ph.D.: Write a letter to yourself, from the perspective of an imaginary friend. This friend is unconditionally loving, accepting, and compassionate. The friend can see all your weaknesses and flaws, as well as your strengths and good qualities. This friend understands human nature in all its glories and imperfections. He or she also understands you, knows your life history, and recognizes how all the experiences you’ve had, good and bad, have helped you become the person you are today. The person that your friend unconditionally loves and values…

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