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For the Holidays, the Gift of Self-Care

Buddhist monk Haemin Sunim remembers the moment he discovered the power of self-care. He was a frustrated graduate student when a trusted friend told him the solution was to “be good to yourself first — then to others.”

“I had never once thought properly of caring for myself or loving myself,” he writes in his latest book, “Love for Imperfect Things,” which is due out in paperback in February. “We consider it good to be good to others, but don’t forget that you have a responsibility to be good to yourself first.”

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