When it comes to happiness in life, self-acceptance is one of the keys.
It’s easy for your self-acceptance to disappear, with what is going on in the world. Add to that social media and the illusion that lives are perfect. How can you compete with perfect?
You can’t. Perfect is an illusion.
6 ways to a greater sense of self-acceptance
Remember your strengths
Everyone is stronger than they think. Don’t let your current status in life get you down. You have advantages, and you provide good things for the world to enjoy. Take a look at yourself and consider what those strengths are.
Don’t let those around you get you down
Other people can be a drag, for a variety of different reasons. Maybe you perceive a friend or colleague as more successful than you are. Or, perhaps somebody else is plain mean to you. Remember to avoid these people.
Surround yourself with good people
This one’s ties in very nicely with number two. It’s important to surround yourself with good people who facilitate your happiness and self-acceptance. People who want you to be something or someone that you aren’t are not suitable for your sense of self-acceptance. Positive people who like you for who you are can help build your self-confidence and keep it at a level that makes your life better.
Don’t hold things against yourself
It’s effortless to beat yourself up about something you may have done (or potentially something you have not done) in the past. Don’t bother with beating yourself up over these kinds of things. Just work on making yourself a better person in the now rather than in the past. You can’t do anything about what has already transpired. What you can do is make your life better moving forward, and not continually put yourself down for what you have already done.
Being charitable with your time, money or any other personal commodity can help increase your feelings of self-acceptance and self-worth. It can be hard to see yourself as a good and worthwhile person, but being charitable is an excellent way to remind yourself that you, indeed, are just that.
Accept who you are now versus who you imagined yourself to be
Everyone knows what they want to be when they grow up. Perhaps your life doesn’t look quite the way you visualized it when you were far younger. The truth is, this may be the case for just about everyone, even the people who you consider to be very successful. It can be hard to see what we have now as being “enough,” but it’s important not to dwell on these things. Your life is worthwhile, and there are plenty of reasons to be happy because of this.
Self-acceptance can be an elusive beast but using these methods; you can certainly find it. Remember to do the things on this list and keep doing them to preserve that sense of self-acceptance.