Cultivating Self-Love

You can't truly love someone else until you love yourself. Image: Shutterstock

The Urge to Be Heard at Your Core

By Loretta G. Breuning Ph.D.
Expressing your needs eases your deep survival fears

Tapping into Self-Compassion to Help Ease Everyday Suffering

By Toni Bernhard J.D.
Whatever difficulties you're facing, treat yourself with kindness and compassion

How To Build A Strong Foundation For Growth and Happiness

By Brad Waters
Learning effective habits for sustaining growth, happiness, and resilience

Be True to Yourself

By Robert Evans Wilson Jr.
Playing football to impress girls put me in the hospital

Waiting For Someone to Make You Happy?

By Jill P. Weber Ph.D.
When self-esteem is lacking, it is tempting to outsource a sense of self through associating with an idealized match. Unfortunately, until self-love is present within, true love and care from outside evade.

Self Care and the Happy Heart

By James D. Huysman Psy.D., LCSW
In keeping with our theme of self care, it is time to celebrate National Heart Month. So, yes, we’re going to talk about love; self love. Self love is not at all about being self-centered in a selfish, “all about me” way. It’s really about honoring our feelings (even when they are not facts) and striving to take time and care for ourselves THEN take care of others

As We Define Our Needs, Doors Open

By Gerri Luce LCSW
I’ve come to the conclusion that my basic needs fall into three general categories. I’m not talking about food, shelter, water, safety, but more what I need to do my best with the tools I have available to me. Nor I am quite reaching for self-actualization at the top of Maslow’s Hierarchy of Needs – that seems too unyielding for me right now.

The Power of Positive Thinking Revisited

By Leslie Becker-Phelps Ph.D.
People who view the world through rose-colored glasses are wonderfully optimistic, but their look-only-at-the-positive attitude sometimes sets them up for painful failure. A better way of using positive thinking is to focus on yourself – not your abilities or accomplishments – and to work toward an appreciation of you for just being who you are.

Valentine's Day... Everyone Deserves to Be Happy

By Charlotte Reznick Ph.D.
What better way to help a child find happiness than to start within... being her own best friend. When your child has a best friend inside, she can be happy no matter what storms of life are outside. 

A Seven-Step Prescription for Self-Love

By Deborah Khoshaba Psy.D.
What is self-love? Is it something you can buy in a makeover or a new set of clothing? Is it something you can get through a job or romantic relationship? Can you get more of it by reading something inspirational? No! Self-love is an action. It comes through a practice of behaviors and attitudes that grow your appreciation for you.

Overcoming Shame:The Powerful Benefits of a Little Self-Love

By Emma M. Seppälä Ph.D.
Are you highly self-critical? Do you beat yourself up over failures? Do you feel shame or a not good enough? We live in a society that regularly sends us the message to achieve more, work harder, win, be perfect, be the best. Our self-critical and competitive attitude is actually hurting us and new research suggests self-compassion may be a far superior alternative.

The 50 Best Quotes on Self-Love

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
The biggest struggle in life is the struggle to know, embrace, and accept ourselves, with all of our faults and imperfections.When we have the courage to know and embrace ourselves, despite our human failings, we also open the door to connecting in a more caring, empathic, intimate way with the ones we love and with all living beings.

Why Self-Compassion Helps You Meet Life's Challenges

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
Do you motivate yourself with self-criticism and worry about all the bad things that will happen if you don’t get it together? While this may create that extra surge of adrenaline to meet your work deadline, get to the gym, or get your house cleaned, it comes at a cost. You get all stressed out & rebel. Read about a healthier way to get the job done & stay in balance.

Self-Compassion and Health

By Art Markman Ph.D.
Self-compassion is the degree to which you treat yourself with kindness. It differs from related concepts like self-esteem, which is how good you feel about yourself. How does self-compassion influence your ability to deal with illness?

Do’s and Don’ts of Self-Compassion

By Steven Stosny, Ph.D.
People low in self-compassion tend to get irritated or defensive at the mere mention of compassion for others. That’s because the two are really intertwined. You cannot sustain compassion for others without self-compassion.

Does Self-Compassion or Criticism Motivate Self-Improvement?

By Kelly McGonigal Ph.D.
Self-compassion beats self-criticism any day, and in every way. But I had to share the latest set of studies showing how important self-compassion is for motivating change.

The Physiology of Self-Compassion

By Kristin Neff Ph.D.
When we soothe our own pain, we are tapping into the mammalian care-giving system.

Why Caring for Yourself Makes All the Difference

By Melanie Greenberg Ph.D.
If we lack connection in the external world, we have the ability to create it in our internal worlds through compassionate practices, and thereby reap some of the health and psychological benefits.

The Kind of Love That Does Your Heart Good

By Cynthia M. Thaik M.D.
It is important to learn to love yourself. When you do, you will find that your health improves, you become happier and more balanced, and you are able to enjoy good people and good things in your life. Read more to learn how to incorporate more self-love in your life.

3 Ways to Learn to Love Yourself

By Deborah Ward
Loving yourself is essential to your own personal growth, to the fulfillment of your dreams and to developing healthy, happy relationships with others. Instead of trying to talk yourself into self-love, learn to love yourself with these 3 practical steps.

Loving Yourself

By Melissa Blake
What do you like best about yourself?

3 Ways to Be Kinder to Yourself: Expert Advice

By Susan Albers Psy.D.
Do you have a harsh inner critic? Many of us do. The good news? You can turn it around. Read an interview with a self-compassion expert, Dr. Christopher Germer. He explains why we are so hard on ourselves and the reason it is so important to be kinder to ourselves. Find out how to get a free download!

When You're OK With Yourself, You're Better Together

By Guy Winch Ph.D.
If you improve your self-esteem will your partner be happier too? Read on to find out.