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YOUR WORLD LOOKS BETTER WHEN YOU LOVE YOURSELF: REFRAMING YOUR PERSPECTIVE

If I had a rand for every time I’ve heard how important it is to love yourself, I would be a rich woman by now. However, the penny had never dropped, until recently.

Lying in bed one night I had quite an uncomfortable insight that helped me to understand how central the love that we have for ourselves is to our experience of the world around us. In other words, the more you can love yourself, the happier and more positive your life will be. Sounds simple but let me expand…

You can only give and receive as much love to the world around you, as you feel for yourself, and the reason is quite simple: every single experience you have; everything you see and everything you don’t see; every opinion and judgement you have is a projection of who you believe you are. The world around you is a mirror showing you all the things you do and don’t believe about yourself. For instance, if you believe you are a loving and beautiful person, you will find yourself noticing those same qualities in others, perhaps because you attract more people like that, or just because you don’t have any negative beliefs about yourself in that regard that make you feel uncomfortable or shame when you see it in others, which of course probably makes you shy away from seeing it in the world around you at all.

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