Friends and family may come and go, but you're stuck with yourself your whole life! That's why it is so important to love yourself. Do the best that you can to live a life without regrets, follow your dreams, appreciate the good qualities you see in yourself, and never wish you were someone else. Here are some ways to love yourself better.

Believe in Yourself. In order to love yourself, you need to understand your strengths and weaknesses. Gain a realistic sense of your own abilities and then believe in your capacity to accomplish whatever you set your mind to. When you believe in yourself, you can set goals and accomplish them, an activity which contributes greatly to your sense of personal fulfillment and a life well led. Don't let negative suggestions or the doubtful opinions of others interfere with the reasonable goals you have set for yourself. Push on undeterred, until you have achieved what you know in your heart you are capable of.

Don't Compare Yourself to Others. Each individual is unique, with his or her own set of talents, skills, and qualities. There is no point in comparing yourself to others! You are you, and you can never be someone else. Embrace your own unique identity, and learn to love it. When you look at the accomplishments of others, be sure you do so with an eye for appreciating their unique identities. Don't belittle them because they are not as good as you, and don't belittle yourself because you are not as good as them. When you see someone who has skills or abilities you wish you had, don't envy them. Instead, look at them as a mentor. See how you can learn from their experiences and use this knowledge to improve your own skills or abilities. Love yourself enough to see the positive and always be willing to challenge yourself and strive for more.

Be Grateful. Whenever you find yourself feeling sorry for yourself or thinking you lack something, take stock of your life and be grateful for what you already have. Simply by being you, you possess and express many good qualities that are worth being thankful for. When you are grateful for what you already have, you will be in a position to grow even more. Use your native good qualities to help yourself and others. The good you do will boost your self-esteem and help you to find even more aspects of yourself worth loving.

Express Yourself. Use the talents you have to be creative and express yourself. In this process, you can learn a lot about yourself, and make huge strides towards loving yourself better. Don't worry about what others might think of your talents. If you are good at decorating, or painting, or volunteer work, indulge these gifts to your heart's content. If other people think you are being silly or frivolous, ignore them. In life, it is important to express goodness and joy, to help others, and to follow your heart. You can't allow the critical words of others to hinder you or limit your good expression of your natural talents.

Author's Bio: 

Jill Magso is a member of the Silva Team and contributes to spreading enlightened ideas and sharing teachings about meditation practices. The Silva Method encompasses a variety of powerful exercises that take you deep into Alpha and Theta levels of the mind so that you can work within your subconscious as well as your conscious mind.