Thursday, July 6, 2017

Earlier this week, I read a post about the importance of complimenting ourselves.

We want other people to feel good. We highlight their achievements and express our admiration, but rarely do we give this sort of kindness to ourselves. We are much quicker to tear ourselves down rather than build ourselves up. (And we should be gentle, kind, and fair to ourselves, remember?)

In her post, Fern listed out a handful of things she likes about herself. It was heart-warming to read. Genuine love for oneself is precious. So today I'm going to follow her lead. It was awkward and honestly pretty difficult to focus on my good things, but I did it. I nailed down a solid five. And I encourage you to take some time to do the same.

C O M P L I M E N T I N G  M Y S E L F :

You have good skin. It's one thing I really like about your appearance. Sure, part of it is just lucky genes, but I'd like to think that maybe your regular morning and nightly routines have something to do with it too. Also, you almost always manage to make people laugh. Whenever you have a conversation with another person, you probably subconsciously have a goal of making them laugh. It's one of the best feelings, isn't it? Your effort, too. You may not always succeed, but I'll bet you try your hardest, especially with your little acts of kindness. You (hopefully) make up for the fact that you're not the best at regularly keeping in touch by doing little things – a small gift or a card in the mail – to remind your friends that they're special. You're independent. A friend recently told you that one of the things she likes the most about you is that even though you've been with your boyfriend for seven (!) years, you still have your own life. And she's right. You go out and do things on your own or with your friends.

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