I read this article last week called Why We Should Be More Self-Accepting (According to Science) that a friend sent me. If science is involved, I'm in. Actually it's mostly an info-graphic which is an even easier way for me to absorb information. It describes self-compassion as; self-kindness, understanding common humanity and mindfulness, also noting that it is often confused with; self-pity, self-indulgence and making excuses for bad behaviour. The basic idea behind this is that we can increase our level of happiness (how do you measure happiness, is there a test I can take at the doctors?) by being as kind to ourselves as we are (theoretically) to others. Seemingly simple and logical until the inner critic speaks up. The info-graphic offers a bunch of ideas on how to fight off that noisy inner critic and be a better human, especially during life's rough patches.