Devote this month to loving yourself more

When it comes to close relationships, by now we’ve probably got this whole “best friend” thing down pat. We give them a confidence boost when they don’t feel their best. We’re supportive of them when they fail at something. We encourage them when they’re unsure of taking on new challenges. We’re an all-around uplifting influence in their lives.

These positive behaviors toward our friends are probably as natural as breathing. So why is it so hard to do this for ourselves?

We rarely give ourselves the credit we deserve — despite the fact that a plethora of research shows that if we treat ourselves with the same kindness we use on others, we’d live healthier and happier lives. Isn’t it about time we turn that around?