"After years of individual counselling with clients and conducting hundreds of workshops and intensive training programs across the country and around the world, I found that there is only one thing that heals every problem, and that is: to know how to love yourself.
When people start to love themselves more each day, it's amazing how their lives get better. They feel better. They get the jobs they want. They have the money they need. Their relationships improve, the negative ones dissolve, and new ones begin. It's a straightforward premise—loving yourself. I've been criticized for being too simplistic, and I have found that the simple things are usually the most profound.
Someone said to me recently, "You gave me the most wonderful gift—you gave me the gift of myself." So many of us hide from ourselves and don't even know who we are. We don't know what we feel, and we don't know what we want. Life is a voyage of self-discovery. To me, to be enlightened is to go within and to know who and what we really are and to know that we can change for the better by loving and taking care of ourselves. It's not selfish to love ourselves. It clears us so that we can love ourselves enough to love other people. We can help the planet when we come from a space of great love and joy individually." Louise Hay
"To me, love is a deep appreciation.
When I talk about loving ourselves, I mean having a deep appreciation for who we are. We accept all the different parts of ourselves—our little peculiarities, the embarrassments, the things we may not do so well, and all the wonderful qualities, too. "