Loving yourself can be a challenging feat. It’s also rewarding, satisfying, enduring, and leads to love elsewhere. When you open up to the love you can hold for yourself, life becomes easier and happier. Here are some (awesome) reasons why you should love and respect yourself, because no one can love you like you can.
“Self-love requires you to be honest about your current choices and thought patterns and undertake new practices that reflect self-worth.” – Caroline Kirk
You deserve a life that you love. You deserve to be openly you without justification. You are whole and you are here for a reason. You’ve survived 100% of your worst days, so I’d say you’re doing great.
In Christine Arylo’s words, “Be nice to yourself… it’s hard to be happy when someone is mean to you all the time.”
It’s not up to others to love you, either, though it’s a blessing when they do. Allow yourself to let go of your expectations of others to love you, and assign yourself the meaningful mission of loving you.Don't forget to fall in love with yourself first. – Carrie Bradshaw Click To Tweet
You are amazing and brilliant in a way only you can be. By loving yourself first, you can create a life that reflects that love, and you’re meant to live a life that makes you happy. Here are some ways loving yourself can give you that life.
27 Positive Effects of Loving Yourself Like You Mean It
1. You learn to listen to the quiet voice of your intuition, trust it, and follow what your heart is telling you is right.
2. You realize you had more passion, energy, and motivation than you once thought, and that it comes from within.
3. You procrastinate less, because you can recognize the downside of a bad habit without electing to put yourself in a negative thought spiral.
4. You cherish your life and make the most of your time and energy doing things that bring meaning and joy to you.
5. You consciously surround yourself with people who make you laugh, smile, and keep you hungry for life—people who touch your heart and nourish your soul.
6. You become grateful for the smallest of things, and you notice that your life keeps giving you more to be grateful for.
7. You experience more positive energy because you’re not weighed down by beating yourself up, and you have more energy to love others and embrace life.
8. You no longer waste your time wishing to be someone else or have a different life, because that’s an exhausting sentence of misery that you’re not interested in serving.
9. You naturally want to make healthier choices for your body–the vehicle that allows you to experience life–so you can live fully and vibrantly.
10. You become more spiritual—that is, you aim to live every moment with love, grace, and gratitude for what you’re given.
11. You don’t invite and keep any relationship, feeling, or circumstance that makes you feel less than happy or fulfilled.
12. Your creativity blossoms because your mind and heart are open to new ideas and trying new things without fear or judgment or self-doubt.
13. You naturally start attracting healthy relationships full of love, respect, and compassion.
14. You become your own best friend and partner in life.
15. You’re more optimistic about your life and, both consciously and unconsciously, start opting to see the bright side of things.
16. You see past physical appearances and recognize the beauty of the heart, the power of the mind, and the light of the soul.
17. You value your own opinion.
18. You embrace and accept people exactly as they are and treat them with kindness and respect, because that’s something you’re practicing with yourself.
19. You accept compliments and praise with more sincerity and gratitude, which enhances your relationships.
20. There becomes no pressing reason to defend what you know in your heart to be true and worthy, because love needs no defense.
21. You’re open to growth and different perspectives, and you’re not against changing your own mind.
22. You base your self-worth on internal habits like moral values rather than external circumstances and events; therefore, you are less stressed and less at risk for experiencing anxiety or depression.
23. You begin to trust the process of your journey and the timing of your life, because you believe you’re where you need to be to get to where you ultimately want to go.
24. You invest your resources in self-education and personal growth.
25. On the road of self-improvement, you remind yourself that you are whole and complete exactly as you are in this moment.
26. You still make mistakes and get frustrated, but you bounce back easier and faster because you know it’s more productive and conducive to your happiness if you don’t linger in a negative state.
27. You become a happier person through self-acceptance.
- Are you willing to love yourself, regardless (if not because of) your flaws?
- How do you show yourself some love?
- In what ways has loving yourself improved your life?
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By being the most loving version of yourself, you bring a light into this world that would otherwise be missing.
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