Self-acceptance habits are strongly correlated with happiness and are practiced only rarely. An analysis of many studies on life satisfaction levels has shown that there are 10 main factors that influence the feeling of happiness.

They are:

  1. helping others (giving),
  2. caring for good relationships,
  3. caring for the body (exercise),
  4. perceiving the surrounding world (appreciation),
  5. learning new things (trying),
  6. setting goals (direction),
  7. not giving up in tough times (resilience),
  8. positive attitude (emotion),
  9. self-satisfaction (acceptance),
  10. sense of belonging to something greater (meaning).

Scientists decided to ask respondents how often they try to fulfill the above assumptions in life. For each factor, a question was formulated, and participants were asked to answer it by marking the appropriate item on a scale from 1 to 10.

Respondents stated that they most often try to help others and maintain positive relationships with their loved ones. However, they relatively rarely take care of their physical fitness and make an effort to accept themselves.

Scientists admitted that they are slightly concerned about the results achieved, as self-acceptance is considered the most important factor on the road to personal happiness.

Our society puts great pressure on us to be successful and constantly compare ourselves with others. This causes feelings of unhappiness and anxiety. Our research results remind us that if we learn to accept ourselves as we are, we will be much happier,” comments Dr. Mark Williamson, co-author of the study.

Scientists advise on how to approach complete self-acceptance with small steps. First of all, do not be too critical of yourself; appreciate your achievements – even the smallest ones – and consider mistakes as a great opportunity to learn. It is also good to look into the eyes of your friends, ask them about your strengths and qualities that you should appreciate. Scientists also argue that you cannot forget to take a moment for yourself. Find time to reflect on your own emotions and try to deal with them.

“Our everyday habits have a much greater impact on our feeling of happiness than we can imagine,” concludes Williamson.