99 Ways to Feel Good About Yourself Right Now

Isn't it sad how much time we spend putting ourselves down?

If we had a nickel for every time we felt inferior, stupid, unattractive, or unworthy, most of us would be millionaires.

We land on this Earth full of exuberance and wonder. All we need is a little food, a little comfort, and a clean bottom. But if we are deprived of those things, or if later on we are told we don't measure up in some way, we learn to feel "less than."

With enough negative reinforcement from others and ourselves, we become trained to see only our flaws and failures. Everything else fades into the background or has just a fleeting positive impact on our self-esteem.

If we've become trained to feel bad about ourselves, is it possible to retrain ourselves to feel good? Can we unlearn old beliefs and refocus our attention to see our own beauty and worthiness?
Yes, yes, yes!

It is not only possible, it's imperative for our mental and physical health. Our well-being and happiness hinge on our ability to have positive self-esteem.

We desperately long for an exit ramp out of the land of self-loathing.

Fortunately, our minds and hearts are malleable, and we can learn to love and accept ourselves. It is exhausting to live up to illusory expectations and disappointments. But with a combination of positive thought and positive action, you can lead yourself out of the dark side and into the light.

As with any new skill or new habit, you must start small and practice regularly. It may feel unnatural at first, but as you change your thoughts and actions, your feelings will follow.

You don't have to wait to start feeling good about yourself. You can start with small, simple life actions every day that will help you see yourself for the awesome and amazing person you are.

Want some ideas? Here are 99 ways to feel good about yourself right now: (more…)