Think kindly about yourself to relax your body and to feel safe
Being kind to yourself brings mental and physical rewards - latest scientific news and research

People that are kind to themselves show increased relaxation and a stronger feeling of safety, according to the latest research. A team of scientists instructed subjects to either think kindly or be critical to themselves.

People that were instructed to be kind were more relaxed, had a lower heart rate, and displayed more compassion towards themselves and towards others. In contrast, the participants that were instructed to be critical had an increased heart rate and sweating response, plus feelings of threat and distress.

The study suggests that being kind puts the body in a state of relaxation, important for regeneration and healing. This may be connected to psychological problems such as depression.

Read the full story: University of Exeter
Scientific publication: Clinical Psychological Science