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Having high self-esteem means that you have
a positive image of yourself. Self-esteem
comes from different sources: What others
have told you, what others have done to you,
what others have said about you. In addition to
what we learn during our early years, certain
situations lead most people to feel inferior or
to lack self-esteem. A few examples of such
situations include being criticized often, not
feeling loved, and repeated rejections or failure.
People with low self-esteem are likely to also
experience negative emotions such as: sadness,
inferiority, intense anger, jealousy, rejection
(real or imagined) and loneliness. A successful
method of helping people feel better about
themselves is a special type of psychological
treatment called cognitive therapy. The belief is
that faulty thoughts, or twisted thinking, cause
the negative emotions that leave us feeling
bad about ourselves. The negative thoughts are
then replaced by positive, or adaptive, ones.
Other ways to help your self-esteem is to have
people in your life who: Treat you with love
and respect; Encourage you and are thrilled for
you when you succeed; Listen to you when you
need to complain; Help you bounce back from
failure without criticizing you. If you notice that
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or that your self-esteem problems are affecting
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Everybody has bad days.
Whether it’s tax time, a
flat tire, or just waking up
on the wrong side of the
bed, there’s no excuse for
staying cranky. Here are a
few quick, simple ways to
turn your mood around.
30 Chocolate Therapy
Put that diet on the backburner and
grab yourself a bar of chocolate. Forget
the calories — what you’re after are the
natural chemicals in cocoa that stimulate
the brain’s pleasure centers.
However busy your day, you’ve always got
5 minutes to spare. Use them to sneak
outside for a breath of fresh air — or, even
better, a quick walk. You’d spend as much
time updating your Facebook status.
A cluttered environment leads to a
stressed-out mind. Take a minute to tidy
things up. You’ll not only be rewarded with
a cleaner, more serene environment, you’ll
also feel a sense of accomplishment.