Mar 13, 2024 - News

Bonus: 3 tips for well-being, per Zarling

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  1. Savor the moment: If you are experiencing something positive, relish and "squeeze" it until its last drop, Zarling says. Being appreciative and taking the time to acknowledge all five of your senses can help you be more present.
  2. Find purpose: Finding meaning helps create a stable sense of well-being. Relationships with other people are a way to feel significance in life — though they should be well-balanced with time for yourself.
  3. Give self-compassion: This is the hardest practice, Zarling says. Our brains are wired to search for threats and negativity and turn on themselves when we mess up. Here are six researched steps to better self-compassion.

The big picture: People who have less compassion for themselves are also less likely to feel compassion for others, Zarling says.

  • And while some people feel like their inner critic helps motivate them, research shows that shame demotivates us, she says.
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