Do you sometimes wonder if self-love is really just a slightly nicer way to describe selfishness? Well, you are not the only one. But let's think about self-love in a more positive light: Here is how real self-love actually brings us closer to others and inspires us to give more to them.
- AWARENESS VS. EGO - Self-love comes from a place of awareness rather than ego. Here’s the difference between awareness and ego: Awareness involves complete acceptance of both the good and bad about ourselves. This is often uncomfortable to do. Ego, on the other hand, makes love conditional by only accepting the stuff we like about ourselves.
- SELF-RESPONSIBILITY - With greater self-love comes a greater capacity to take responsibility for how you influence others. Self-loving people know that they are responsible for regulating their actions and behaviors around others out of respect and empathy toward them.
- UNIVERSAL COMPASSION - Self-love requires self-compassion, which teaches you how to be more compassionate toward others too. Self-compassion involves treating ourselves like our own best friend. To be compassionate toward ourselves, we have to be aware and accepting of all our emotions.
- MORE LOVE TO GIVE - When you truly love yourself, everyone you interact with benefits from the best version of you. When you are happiest, and when you are embodying your most authentic self, the world gets to enjoy your gifts. Without filling yourself up first with enough love, you won’t have much to give.
- EMBRACING (NOT COMPARING) OUR DIFFERENCES - Loving your own uniqueness makes you appreciative of how unique everybody is. When you realize how unique you are and that your uniqueness makes it impossible to compare yourself to any other person, you start to become more aware of just how much every person you interact with is unique as well.