Self-love is a state of appreciation for yourself and has both physical and psychological implications.
When we learn to embrace ourselves entirely, we develop compassion for ourselves and live a happier life.
Research shows that self-love and compassion are associated with less anxiety, more optimism, more resilience towards stress and an adherence to healthy habits like diet and exercise.
Self-love means to taking good care of our body. Nourish yourself through wholesome nutrition, restful sleep, intimacy, and fresh air. When we take care of our body, we take care of our mind.
A study found that mood can be modulated with the help of facial expressions. Participants were asked to imitate the expressions of people with positive or negative facial expressions in a photo.
When participants imitated positive expressions, their mood improved. When imitating negative expressions, participants’ positive mood decreased. Both effects were enhanced when participants viewed themselves in a mirror.
So give yourself a big smile as often as you can! (1)
Treat yourself with the same loving kindness and care that you’d show to a good friend. Be your own best friend, because we all need some self-care.
It’s okay to be selfish for the right reasons. You deserve to treat yourself and show yourself the same love and appreciation you have for others.
(1) Kleinke, C. L., Peterson, T. R., & Rutledge, T. R. (1998) Effects of self-generated facial expressions on mood. Journal of Personality and Social Psychology, 74(1), 272-279.