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Today you are going to make a list of things you like about yourself.
If you are anything like me, you probably just let out an audible groan. It is way easier for me to make a list of things I don’t like about myself. With little to no time, I can list at least 10. Of course I am my own worst critic. Maybe (and hopefully) you aren’t like me and you can easily name a handful of things you like about yourself.
Some people have trouble with talking nice about themselves because it can seem braggy or narcissistic. While there are definitely people who think a bit too much of themselves, there isn’t anything wrong with recognizing your strengths.
Once you realize you have good qualities, it will be easier to feel better about yourself. You are not as terrible as you think, I promise.
So why is doing this important?
Self-affirmation has powerful effects such as minimizing anxiety, stress, and defensiveness.
Should you feel self-doubt or an attack on yourself, think of your list. It will help you realize there is more to your worth than whatever shortcoming you are focusing on.
If you struggle with feelings of self-worth, as well as acceptance I highly recommend reading Brené Brown’s book The Gifts of Imperfection and then returning to this exercise.
For today, you are going to spend 10 or so minutes thinking about what you like about yourself. Now don’t just think about it, you need to write your list down ( I want at least five things on that list, too.). Writing it down is important. Do not skip this step. Why? Because writing it will help your brain recognize the statement as true. If we were in grade school, I’d make you write your list 5 times. Want some bonus points? Make your list pretty and put it on your happiness board.