We all have our goals, such as getting a high-paying job, buying a house, starting a business, becoming famous, etc. But time and time again, many people who are deemed by society as successful have ended up unhappy. That’s enough proof that money doesn’t buy happiness. If that’s the case, then what does happiness really mean? What is it made of?
Psychologists have suggested that self-love plays a significant role in our happiness. We cannot control external factors and environmental stressors, but what we can control is how we feel about ourselves. Deciding to love yourself can go a long way in improving your emotional, mental, and even physical health. Here are acts of self-love you should try today.
List down things you did that you are proud of
Nowadays, the world revolves around the opinions of other people. Even if you wake up feeling good about yourself in the morning, a slightly negative comment from your boss can sway your mood. But it’s important for us to realize that the opinions of others don’t matter.
We shouldn’t live our lives trying to please others. It’s your journey, so you have the right to be proud of the littlest things you do for yourself. Make it a habit to list down at least three things every day that you are proud of. Whether it be the simple act of eating a healthy breakfast, getting to work on time, etc. Give yourself the credit for taking care of yourself on a daily basis.
Do something new
So you’ve been busy with work all year round and you barely even have time for yourself. But despite your responsibilities, your own health and well-being should always be your top priority. Give yourself the break you deserve by exploring new things. It can be through traveling, trying out a new hobby, or taking on new adventures. This is a good way to help you stay grounded as well as to relieve stress.
Be kind to yourself
Time and time again, we’ve heard about how important it is to be kind to others. Indeed, it’s important to always pay respect and treat others the way you want to be treated. That is the golden rule of life after all. But throughout the process, it’s common to forget to be kind to yourself.
In your journey towards improving your relationships and being kind to others, do the same to yourself. Stop punishing yourself for being late to work this morning, don’t beat yourself up for not accomplishing your tasks on time, forgive yourself for your shortcomings, etc.
Learn to accept who you are
Society always tells us what we should be or who we should become. They set standards for the way people should be living their lives. And if you don’t confine to those standards, then you’re unacceptable in the eyes of society. But life is not about adhering to what other people say you should be. It’s your life, so live it how you want to.
Learn to accept your differences. Believe that being yourself is better than being perfect in the impossible standards set by society. Acknowledge your flaws, address your eating disorders, be comfortable in your own skin, and love yourself for who you are or what you look like. These things will go a long way in improving your mental and emotional health.
The road to happiness starts with learning how to love yourself. Remember that you deserve all the love and kindness you’re giving out. Do small acts of self-love every day and you’ll notice significant changes in your life.