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Wednesday, March 27, 2013

Love 2.0: Post#6--Self-Love

Self-Love: Countries like the US, that are big on self-esteem, have higher rates of depression and life dissatisfaction. Indeed, self-aggrandizement is often a defense—a protective armor donned to cover up a more negative view of self. Self-love is something different, often found in more Buddhist-focused countries which have much lower levels of depression. Visualizing others and ourselves as loving, kind people helps find reasons for us to be lovable in the world. Again, this is about opening up the heart, not self-aggrandizement, more a prayer to ourselves about our best self. In fact, Frederickson suggests that we offer the LKM to ourselves as well: May I feel safe.     May I feel happy….

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