A Healthy Self-Esteem - Happiness Vlog

A healthy self-esteem is where we can be imperfect without thinking we deserve criticism.

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Praise and criticism - isn’t it strange that when people praise us, we can find it hard to believe or accept, but when people criticise us, it has so much impact on us that we remember it for a long time!

Perhaps it’s because we don’t see ourselves as amazing or special, so why make a fuss over something that’s not true?

But strangely enough that doesn’t seem to apply to criticisms - if we don’t see ourselves as stupid, why would we make a fuss over someone calling us stupid?

It’s so strange that we would choose to brush away compliments so easily but hold on to criticisms so tightly.

Perhaps we’ve received so little praise in our lives that when people do praise us, we wonder what it is they want from us. “Why are you being so nice?”

It’s sad when our tendency is to believe critical comments made about us and to be suspicious of the praises heaped upon us.

Maybe it's because we’ve been taught since young that we need to be humble, so celebrating yourself is something that only arrogant people do.

Ajanh Brahm, an extremely wise Buddhist monk said, “I previously rejected praise because I had been taught that it would give me a big head. It does not. Instead, receiving praise gives you a big heart.”

When we know how to accept praises, we also know how to give praises, and it expands our capacity to be nice, to be kind, to be generous.

We live in a society where we’re taught certain rules, rules that may sound logical on the surface, but can extremely unhelpful in real life.

It’s never wrong or arrogant to celebrate yourself, to feel good about something you’re good at. And it’s never necessary to take on what people say like it defines who you are. It doesn’t.

Work on being a better version of yourself, but you don’t have to be perfect to deserve praise nor are you ever so imperfect the you deserve criticism. The most important thing is to be happy, always.

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