Self-love is something that gets talked about a lot, especially in Western culture. Every day, we are bombarded with messages reminding us to love ourselves and put ourselves first. And while it's important to love, accept, and value oneself, it's equally important to remember others.
The trouble with individualism and self-love is not that we can’t stand on our own two feet, but rather that we are ignoring our innate desire to be social. In our natural state, we are social creatures, most comfortable when we’re connected, sharing emotions and experiences with one another. The fact of the matter is that we need others, and others need us.
In a society that encourages people to put themselves first and do what feels right for them no matter what someone else might need or feel, finding a healthy balance between self-worship and self-appreciation can be difficult. However, it is important to realize that true love is not selfish. Love is a powerful force. The more you give, the more you will receive.
Having a healthy sense of self-appreciation is choosing to put others first and love them genuinely. This doesn't mean letting people take advantage of you, nor does it mean you shouldn’t think about yourself before you think about others. Giving is rarely about sacrifice. Giving is what helps you grow as a person and discover your purpose in the world. It’s what allows you to truly create an evolved life.
The belief exists that to give, one must offer something tangible, but it isn't always about money or gifts. The act of giving can take the form of quality time or attention, it can be as simple as kindness, or a smile. This holiday season, we hope you remember that the most valuable thing about giving is that there is no wrong way to do it. Do whatever works for you, and let your individuality shine while you’re at it, just don't forget about others.