57 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-love and Be Happy

All too often, we worry about what other people think about us.

We live in conformity or in a bubble where we desire for people to like us.

However, it is important to love ourselves and not consider what others think.

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57 Powerful Ways to Practice Self-love and be Happy

I vividly recall a few years ago, I was trapped in a place of conformity, pain and self-doubt caused by my slipups in life and carelessness.

I allowed constant criticism by others and all I noticed were people who did not accept me for who I am.

Upon reflection; I became what others wanted me to be, rather than being myself.

I discovered, started and practiced certain habits and fine-tuned the wheel of my life.

Through this, I was able to accept myself completely. I realised that I did not have forever in life and to conquer a deteriorating situation; I had to stop wasting time doubting my worth.

I refused to throw any moment of my life away further and conquered moments of despair in my life.

Oh yes, I dared to love myself!

Now, I can offer quality tips and advice on the process of self-love.

What is Self-love?

Self-love is that ability to love yourself first!

That way, you can teach others how to love you.

What is self-love

To continue to love myself unconditionally, I live by this Charlie Chaplin’s self-love quote:

“As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering are only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.

Today, I know, this is “AUTHENTICITY”.

As I began to love myself, I understood how much it can offend somebody if I try to force my desires on this person, even though I knew the time was not right and the person was not ready for it, and even though this person was me.

Today I call it “RESPECT”.

As I began to love myself, I stopped craving for a different life, and I could see that everything that surrounded me was inviting me to grow. Today I call it “MATURITY”.

As I began to love myself, I understood that at any circumstance; I am in the right place at the right time, and everything happens at the exactly right moment.

So, I could be calm. Today I call it “SELF-CONFIDENCE”.

As I began to love myself, I quit stealing my own time, and I stopped designing vast projects for the future.

Today, I only do what brings me joy and happiness, things I love to do and that make my heart cheer, and I do them in my own way and in my own rhythm.

Today I call it “SIMPLICITY”.

Importance of self-love

As I began to love myself, I freed myself of anything that is no good for my health – food, people, things, situations, and everything that drew me down and away from myself.

At first, I called this attitude a healthy egoism. Today I know it is “LOVE OF ONESELF”.

As I began to love myself, I quit trying to always be right, and ever since I was wrong less of the time.

Today I discovered that is “MODESTY”.

As I began to love myself, I refused to go on living in the past and worrying about the future. Now, I only live for the moment, where everything is happening.

Today I live each day, day by day, and I call it “FULFILLMENT”.

As I began to love myself, I recognized that my mind can disturb me and it can make me sick. But as I connected it to my heart, my mind became a valuable ally.

Today I call this connection “WISDOM OF THE HEART”.

We no longer need to fear arguments, confrontations, or any problems with ourselves or others. Even stars collide, and out of their crashing new worlds are born.

Today I know “THAT IS LIFE”!”

57 Self-love Techniques

To love yourself is the beginning of a lifelong romance, so put on your seat belt and enjoy this ride.

Self-love techniques

Here are 57 ways you can start practicing the art of self-love straight away:

1. Stop trying to impress people

2. Surround yourself with positive energy by having positive people in your life.

3. Change the way you communicate verbally by using positive words

4. Change your non-verbal communication because by changing our outer state, we can change our inner state

5. Find things that will inspire you, for instance, reading books

6. Stay away from conversations that will bring others down

7. Stay away from unnecessary drama

8. Sort out your diet and nutrition

9. Take up a hobby

10. Drink a lot of water

11. Express gratitude

12. Engage in mindfulness and become your own therapist

13. Practice meditation

14. Be there for others

15. Dare to leave a job that is toxic

16. Choose real friendships

17. Do not be afraid to let go of negative people

18. Learn how to handle negative people when you meet them

19. Appreciate your inner beauty

20. Appreciate your outer beauty

21. Celebrate your accomplishments

22. Value your worth

23. Exercise

24. Go for walks

25. Forgive yourself

26. Write yourself a love letter

27. Be kind to yourself

28. Listen to delightful music

29. Do not allow others to dilute or poison your day with negativity

30. Engage in positive thinking

31. Change your mindset

32. Have a can-do attitude

33. Repeat positive affirmations

34. Focus by avoiding a lack of clarity

35. Visualise your future

36. Believe in the law of attraction

37. Engage in delayed gratification by swapping short-term pleasures for long-term gains

38. Have a routine

39. Be consistent

40. Nourish yourself

41. Date yourself–solo dating (my favourite)

42. Keep a gratitude or mental health journal

43. Concentrate on one task at a time

44. Live in the moment

45. Do not try to please everyone

46. Create a self-love ritual

47. Clean out your closet

48. Don’t compare yourself to others on social media

49. Banish all forms of comparison

50. Know that your body is a loving vessel

51. Engage in positive communities

52. Impress yourself

53. Find your sunny place by taking a moment for yourself

54. Enrol on that short course you have always wanted to pursue

55. Be the best version of you that you can be

56. Explore and experiment with your body

57. Notice the warning signs when your mind, body and soul can no longer cope


Self-love is important for many reasons.

Ultimately, it improves our mental health, overall wellbeing, and keeps depression and anxiety at bay.

Remember, be authentic!


Tell me about the strategies you use for self-love.

I want to hear your story in the comments section below!


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