What is self-appreciation?
Self-appreciation is the act of recognizing, acknowledging and valuing good qualities about ourselves. It’s self-gratitude.
Being able to take stock of all the good qualities we have, focusing on what we are doing awesome at right now and feeling grateful for it.
Just like the power that gratitude can bring to our lives, being able to reflect on self-appreciation is equally valuable.
In the same way that when we appreciate others, they are uplifted, motivated and encouraged, we can also do this for ourselves.
Self-appreciation is not comparing yourself to others, not worrying about others’ opinions and not focusing on negative thoughts.
So be thankful for yourself. Stop and think about all the things that you appreciate about being you.
The following quotes on self-appreciation can help inspire you to really think about all that you have to be thankful for – to yourself!
“When you undervalue what you do, the world will undervalue who you are.” Oprah Winfrey
“Self-appreciation is a sign of maturity, seeking appreciation is a sign of immaturity” Sivaprakash Sidhu
“I count him braver who overcomes his desires, for the hardest victory is over self.” Aristotle
“Because one believes in oneself, one doesn’t try to convince others. Because one is content with oneself, one doesn’t need others’ approval. Because one accepts oneself, the whole world accepts him or her.” Lao Tzu
“Once you embrace your value, it neutralizes when others think less of you.” Rob Liano
“A healthy self-love means we have no compulsion to justify to ourselves or others why we take vacations, why we sleep late, why we buy new shoes, why we spoil ourselves from time to time. We feel comfortable doing things which add quality and beauty to life.” Andrew Matthews
“To love yourself right now, just as you are, is to give yourself heaven. Don’t wait until you die. If you wait, you die now. If you love, you live now.” Alan Cohen
“You’re either self-appreciating or self-depreciating. There is no middle.” Lana M. H. Wilder
“Love yourself first and everything else falls into line. You really have to love yourself to get anything done in this world.” Lucille Ball
“‘If you can’t say something nice, don’t say anything’? Talking nicely also applies when you’re talking to yourself.” Victoria Moran
“To establish true self-esteem, we must concentrate on our successes and forget about the negatives in our lives.” Denis Waitley
“I used to hate feeling embarrassed, but then I realized nobody’s watching and nobody gives a damn” Barbara Corcoran
“One of the most courageous things you can do is identify yourself, know who you are, what you believe in and where you want to go.” Shiela Murray Bethel
“Loving yourself comes from accepting who you really are.” Catriona Gray
“One’s dignity may be assaulted, vandalized and cruelly mocked, but it can never be taken away unless it is surrendered.” Michael J. Fox
“It took me time not to judge myself through someone else’s eyes.” Sally Field
“Self-belief is not self-centred. We can only fight effectively for others if we already believe in ourselves.” Carla H. Krueger
“I don’t wear the opinions of others anymore, I learnt to dress myself.” Nikki Rowe
“As I began to love myself I understood that I am in the right place at the right time. I call it ‘self-confidence’.” Charlie Chaplin
“If you aren’t good at loving yourself, you will have a difficult time loving anyone, since you’ll resent the time and energy you give another person that you aren’t even giving to yourself.” Barbara De Angelis
“There are days I drop words of comfort on myself and remember that it is enough to be taken care of by myself.” Brian Andreas
“Remember always that you not only have the right to be an individual, you have an obligation to be one.” Eleanor Roosevelt
“I prefer to be true to myself, even at the hazard of incurring the ridicule of others.” Frederick Douglass
“People who love themselves, don’t hurt other people. The more we hate ourselves, the more we want others to suffer.” Dan Pearce
“The less approval I get, the more chances I have to develop a relationship with my inner sense of approval. Thankless environments are actually useful for this. They help me discover my own thankfulness and my own self-appreciation.” Vironika Tugaleva
“It is not the mountain we conquer but ourselves.” Sir Edmund Hillary
“If your compassion does not include yourself, it is incomplete.” Jack Kornfield
“Self-care is never a selfish act – it is simply good stewardship of the only gift I have, the gift I was put on earth to offer to others.” Parker Palmer
“You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.” Buddha
“Why should we worry about what others think of us, do we have more confidence in their opinions than we do our own?” Brigham Young
“Low self-esteem is like driving with your hand-break on.” Maxwell Maltz
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