Studies show over and over that people who smile more often also recover more quickly from stress, heal more quickly from disease, and report feeling less worry and regrets about life.
When we expose our brains to warm and welcoming messages, we relax. We can use visual communication like art and written language to light up parts of the brain and let the good feelings in more easily. Using creativity to reach the guarded parts of ourselves also returns to us a bonus ripple effect: things that we once believed were hard for us become easier.
The fact is that as we offer creative compassion to ourselves, everything about life becomes easier. It is the miraculous power of self-compassion in action.