Have you ever heard the saying, “If you don’t love yourself you can’t love anyone else”? Well, it’s totally true. Think of love as a muscle. The best way to strengthen it is by putting it to work and giving it a little exercise. When you practice self-love, on a regular basis, you guarantee your love muscle will be healthy and strong. Try these 5 easy tips on how to love yourself.
1. The Reward System
When you do something well: celebrate. Our minds are faced with two choices every day: avoid pain or seek pleasure. By rewarding slight accomplishments you program your mind to enjoy the activities that are good for you. We tend to diminish our accomplishments because we think by pushing ourselves harder we’ll achieve more. The truth is, by giving yourself a treat such as a positive affirmation, buying an inexpensive item, or allowing yourself to celebrate for doing the little things, you’re showing yourself love and appreciation. The Win At Life Journal is a great way to bring that balance back into your life!
2. Attitude Of Gratitude
For the last few weeks, I’ve been using the 365 Days Of Gratitude Journal every day before going to bed. I reflect on my day and list what I am grateful for and things I would like to remember about that day. It is such a great way to end your day on a positive note. Any activity that you associate with being grateful will put love into action in your life.
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3. Twenty Thank You’s
Women are notorious for saying sorry but how many times do we say thank you? Do you have a friend who just can’t seem to take a compliment? Are you that person? Do you find a response or explanation when someone offers you praise or recognition? Every time we receive a compliment our first response should always be, “Thank you.” When we open our eyes in the morning our first words of the day should be, “Thank you.” Make it a habit of saying thank you at least twenty times a day. Often times we mean to say it but we never seem to get the words out. Create a habit of thanking everyone and you’ll find yourself not only saying it but meaning it.
4. Give Something Away Everyday
Love is like an idea, the more people you give it to the faster it spreads. If you want to experience the joys of self-love then give something away every day. You can start with money, by tipping your barista, or with personal items such as giving your co-worker your favorite pen. You can give a piece of advice or give 5 minutes of your time to anyone who could use a listening ear or helping hand.
If what you give has value to you then by giving it you’re sharing the love you have for it with others. This kind act replaces any feelings of loss with good vibes.
5. Compliment Yourself And Others
When it comes to compliments a good rule of thumb is: when you think it say it. So often we have kind words to offer others, and ourselves, but we hold back. We believe by complimenting ourselves we come across as vain and by complimenting others we come across as insincere. Neither viewpoint is true. Compliments are a way to recognize the good that someone has done, and you do great things all the time, but you might not realize it.
You’re beautiful, you’re smart, you’re a great friend and a wonderful listener. Replace any negative self-talk with positive and affirming compliments. Be creative with your compliments and always look for new ways to verbally express appreciation for yourself and others.
Written by Miss Solomon
Definitely give yourself more compliments, fabulous way to lift the spirits!
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Great post!! I’ve always believed that the most important thing to brighten the day up is to start every day with a grateful heart and say always thank you !! xx
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I love the idea of gratitude walks, I’m definitely gonna give it a shot because it’s often so easy to focus on the negative and stress that surrounds us everyday instead of being happy with small things that make us smile :)
I’m definitely going to work a “gratitude dance” into my day! I’ve also thought to start journaling to keep perspective and remind myself of my little successes :)
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Really cool post with a lot of great ideas! I’ve been trying to do the gratitude thing in that I’m trying to write down 3 things each day I’m grateful for – I like how they’re things you can incorporate into your daily routine
What a great post. I love the idea of mindful thank yous and the gratitude practice of action, like walking or gardening. So appreciative of your thoughts. Thank you!
Great tips! Thanks for sharing.
Well written as always! I always follow tips 1 and 2 and I’ve been trying to follow tip 5 more and more. I’ll focus on the thank you’s and giving things away tips now too :)
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