Stop the abuse of self love

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Self-love gets so much of a bad rap. People love to hate happy, self-confident people. The general thinking is that if you're happy with your body, your looks and your life and you’re not ashamed to show that, then you're arrogant, vain and narcissistic. It's the what-the-hell-is-wrong-with-you-you're-just-so-full-of-yourself-I'm-gonna-go-find-some-other-person-to-talk-to-who-hates-their-life-too syndrome.

If you love yourself, you shouldn't be looked down upon; you should be looked up to! Because finally, there's someone who is happy with their life and happy with how they are instead of complaining all the time. That's something that more people should imitate, not degrade.

Don't get me wrong. This isn't about being conceited and self-obsessed. It's about having clean, healthy, loving thoughts about yourself and your life. The difference between a self-loving person and a narcissist is that the narcissist will rub his perfect life in your face every chance he/she gets. {Please don’t be that person.}

This abuse of self-love needs to stop. More people need to think:
  • I am proud of what I have achieved so far in my life. 
  • Even though it's not perfect, I love my body.
  • I love the people who I spend most of my time with and they love me back.
  • My job may not be my dream career, but I'm happy at work.
  • I like where I live. It may not be amazing, but I have fun.
  • I love me. My thoughts, my personality, how I talk, how I walk, and all the little things that make me, me. 
We shouldn't be afraid to say those things out loud! There is no virtue in misery. And of course, if those above statements are not true, have the courage to take the steps to make them true.

Be proud of yourself, who you are, what you do, where you live and the people you choose to be around. And you’ll see that you’ll find more reasons to be happy.

Shabana Feroze

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