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Know yourself – feel better

The role of self-knowledge in wellbeing cannot be exaggerated. It is much easier to be satisfied and happy with your life when you know who you are and what you want. By improving your self-knowledge, you are improving your self-esteem as well.

Self-knowledge refers to personal understanding of yourself. You can practise self-knowledge with the help of the following questions:

  • What kind of person do I consider myself to be?
  • What kinds of thoughts do I have of myself?
  • What am I good at and where do I succeed?
  • What are the situations where I feel like I have failed and how long does this feeling last?
  • How do I react to failures and setbacks?

In our everyday life, we may often act according to the way we are used to or expected to act. Sometimes we might also think we want something that does not really answer to our needs.

When you take the time to genuinely examine yourself, you might get close to your true self. You can build a meaningful life on this foundation. When you know and accept yourself with all your faults, your self-esteem is well grounded too.

You can ask yourself the following questions:

  • Is this really a feature of myself? How does it exhibit itself in me or my actions?
  • Am I really like that (or the way people think I am)?
  • Can I accept the fact that I am not perfect?

With good self-knowledge, you can overcome your fears as well as understand and accept being different in both yourself and others.