Compassion involves allowing ourselves to be moved by suffering, and experiencing the motivation to help alleviate and prevent it. An act of compassion is typically defined by its helpfulness. Qualities of compassion are patience and wisdom; kindness and perseverance; warmth and resolve. Self-compassion on the other hand is extending compassion to one's self in instances of perceived inadequacy, failure, or general suffering. Research indicates that self-compassionate individuals experience greater psychological health than those who lack self-compassion. It is associated with a lower tendency for self-criticism, depression, anxiety, rumination, thought suppression, perfectionism, and disordered eating attitudes. It's worth noting that self-compassion is different than self-esteem; which is more of a subjective emotional evaluation of the self.