When someone says you need to love yourself, it’s not about the prideful, stuck-up, worldly kind of love, but the concept of being thankful, and accepting the person you are.

Despite all the things that you think may be terribly wrong with you, one needs to love themselves truly and significantly. You can think of several reasons why you should love yourself, but of the main reason to love is: It is uninspiring to be around people who do not love themselves.

People have spent years feeling that they are not good enough to be around other people. Notions like, ‘I am a very boring person,’ or, ‘I don’t think anyone finds me interesting,’ these are self-doubts that people have. But you might experience something in your life that might change this perspective. There have been examples where a paralysed woman, who have to be dependent on a wheel chair lead a happier life compared to people have everything in the world at their disposal. There are millions of things that can be done. Even been paralysed the person can pursue further education.

Similarly, there are numerous such cases that can inspire you. These people can make you realize how incredibly gifted you are. You are perfectly healthy and have no physical problem that is holding you back from exploring life and the world. The world is your oyster and you can achieve so much happiness.

Instead of thinking “I am an incomplete human being because of the XYZ reasons,” you should think, “I am an incredible human being with a profound sense of understanding and a huge capacity for love. I am also awesome the way I am”.

To love yourself simply means to appreciate and accept yourself as you are and to come to terms with the aspects of life that you cannot change. It means to have a positive self-image, self-respect, and self-acceptance.

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By saying that, it does not mean that you should be conceited, arrogant or thinking you’re superior to others. It just means possessing a healthy outlook of yourself and knowing that you are a worthy human being.

It is very important to remind yourself that no one in the world is perfect. We all are flawed and have our own strengths and weaknesses that we could improve on or accept. Each of us is unique and different and has specific talents to offer. In the words of Walt Whitman, we all are here “to contribute a verse”.

In order to appreciate yourself it is very important for you to know what makes you unique and to further condition those talents. You cannot sit around and wait for approval from the people around you. Work on accepting and appreciating yourself. After all, you are all you’ve got.

Therefore, until you love yourself, you will not be able to love anyone else. You can only love another to the degree that you do yourself. And always remember, god loves you. But do you love yourself?