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How to develop Self-Respect – Honoring the Self

Honoring the Self develop self respectIt’s so easy to say that a high self-esteem shows that we respect ourselves.

But what exactly does self-respect mean?  Is there a way to develop self-respect in a healthy way?

There’s a simple step we can take to find out what self-respect means for us personally.

Sometimes it takes looking at how we give respect.

Try to think of life moments when you offered respect in a positive way.

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Take Life Experiences as they happen

Perennial philosophy life experiences huxleyWe encounter many situations in life that go against our wishes and make us uncomfortable.

This attitude comes from our desire to be able to control life as much as possible.  The less control we have, the less comfortable we feel.

The truth is that a strong self-esteem frees us from this urge to control our life.

A strong self-esteem takes life experiences just as they happen.

With this attitude we define the experience itself and how we handle it.

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How to handle shame and humiliation

Shame humiliation unashamed CaineThere are moments in life where we experience shame or humiliation.  Whether they happen to us as children or adults, we can’t escape these experiences.

But we can decide how we handle moments of shame and humiliation.

The first step toward dealing with these life situations is to recognize and acknowledge them as they happen.

Sometimes the source comes from the outside, where another causes our pain and sometimes the reason is within us, a recollection of past experiences.

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Physical Activity influences Life Satisfaction

phsical activity mental healthPenn State researchers found that people’s satisfaction with life was higher on days when they exercised more than usual. So extending your normal exercise routine by a few minutes may be the solution how to boost your self-esteem.

Satisfaction with life is just another expression why a high self-esteem is so important. Are you satisfied with your life? If not, this could be your solution.

“We found that people’s satisfaction with life was directly impacted by their daily physical activity,” said Jaclyn Maher, graduate student in kinesiology. “The findings reinforce the idea that physical activity is a health behavior with important consequences for daily well-being and should be considered when developing national policies to enhance satisfaction with life.”

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Express yourself creatively – unleash Creativity

Teaching creativity CourosThere is no doubt that being creative can boost self-esteem. Unfortunately with the changes in the education system, many art programs are being cut from public schools.

Attendance Record, located in Austin TX, provides a safe space where students are encouraged to express themselves creatively through songwriting and art.

They focus on building a community of learners where everyone involved can discover something unique about themselves.

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Self-esteem creates a Self-knowledge

Self knowledge voice of knowledgeWe ask ourselves who we are.  And we ask ourselves: what are we supposed to do with our life?

Before we answer this question we need to know what our talents are.  What do we really love to do?

Maybe for some people it’s not easy to answer this because so many of us have practical reasons for choosing a particular job.

Maybe we have to think back to our childhood or teenage years to find out what we loved to do.

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Classical ballet for children’s self-esteem

classical ballet introduction to childrenThe City of Angels Ballet in Silver Lake near Los Angeles offers free classical ballet training for children coming from some of the city’s toughest neighborhoods.

Each afternoon hundreds of children make the long car drive to the tiny studio, their portal to ballet’s magical world.

The company was founded by Mario Nugara, a professional ballet dancer who wanted to create a ballet academy offering classes for the children of South Los Angeles.

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Asking is not a sign of weakness

Ask more, asking is not weaknessSome people think that asking questions is a sign of weakness.  This attitude implies that the asking person is weak and and uninformed.

This feeling often holds people with a low self-esteem back from asking questions.  They fear that their self-esteem will be judged by others.

The reality is just the opposite.  A Chinese proverb says it succinctly: “He who asks is a fool for five minutes, but he who does not ask remains a fool forever.’

Asking isn’t a sign of weakness, it’s a sign curiosity and a willingness to learn.

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Self-esteem and shyness

Self esteem shyness and how to overcome shynessBeing shy can be a character trait.  In this case it means being introverted instead of extroverted.  Shy people are generally less communicative, quieter and often more observant.

They can have a high self-esteem, knowing themselves as a calm and introverted character and accepting themselves as they are.

Being shy isn’t necessarily a sign of low self-esteem.  Shy people with a healthy self-esteem know that already.

But what about all the others that suffer with their shyness?

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