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Quiz: How Kind Are You Really Being to Yourself?

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We all know what kindness is, but do we know how to be kind to ourselves? Or why we should? So many of us put our personal well-being on the back burner and put others needs ahead of our own.

We’ve been taught to think that being kind to ourselves is selfish. When in reality, showing yourself a little kindness is being responsible, not selfish.

Self-kindness is an integral part of self-love but is often overlooked or forgotten. When you practice self-kindness, it helps you extend that kindness out to others. Most of us could benefit from being kinder to ourselves.

One way to realize when you are not practicing self-kindness is to ask yourself: Would I speak to or treat a friend like this?

But if lavishing love and affection on yourself makes you feel a little uneasy, you aren’t alone. Being kind to ourselves doesn’t seem to come naturally to many of us.

It’s important to take a step back and show yourself a little kindness, whether it’s taking some time to indulge in a mani-pedi or bubble bath, or patting yourself on the back for nailing a challenging project at work. And to do these things without a shred of guilt.

Take our quiz below to find out how kind you’re really being to yourself.

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Stephany is a GR8NESS Contributing Editor who writes about pet care, CBD, stress, self care, meditation, time management, brain training, and natural remedies with a focus on the science behind it all. She has three dogs, three cats, walks half marathons, and practices yoga and powerlifting. You can often find her training her dogs or experimenting with new flavors in the kitchen.
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