I am most generous when I feel a sense of abundance.
I’m at my kindest when I have compassion for myself.
When I feel good about who I am, I radiate love toward other people.
But when I feel bad about myself, when I let myself down, I have less to give. So I give less.
The Mirror Effect of Self-Esteem
While self-esteem doesn’t change overnight they way moods do, I believe there’s a similar mirror effect between self-esteem and esteem for other people.
It’s like this: The more we truly like and value ourselves, the more we tend to appreciate others.
In a recent article about this mirror effect, I tried to answer the following question: If our esteem for others mirrors our own level of self-esteem, why do people with low self-esteem often treat others so well?
Here’s the article. Please let me know what you think: