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Boost Your Happiness Quotient: Learn to Talk and Treat Yourself Like Someone You Love

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Love yourself like someone you love. Petrichor Coaching QuoteStruggling to find the secret sauce to happy? Follow this recipe to boost your happiness quotient

Have you ever tried to follow a recipe but it doesn’t seem to matter if you have all the right ingredients in the right quantities added in the right order, you still can’t make it like your auntie used to? She just had a way with it. You can still see her dancing in the kitchen, humming to herself as she adds, mixes, tastes and simmers but no one can cook like she did.

You can create a lot of great things in life. You can put all the right ingredients together, in the right amounts at the right time, but still not be happy. You can have an excellent job, fall in love, get married, have kids, drive a nice car, have a summer house, go on vacations, have a sharp wardrobe, be fit and look great, but what is any of that worth if you don’t like yourself? It’s like cooking with all the correct ingredients but still not pulling a masterpiece out of the oven. Something is missing.

If this sounds like you or maybe you find yourself saying things like “I’ll be happy when…” or “If only I could have this, then I’d be happy” or “I’ve just got to lose weight, stop smoking, get up earlier…” you might want to read on.



What if you go to all the trouble to create a beautiful life but every time you see yourself in the mirror you find fault with how you look? If you make a mistake, what does the voice in your head say? What happens if you don’t get the raise, the promotion, the award, the recognition or the compliment? What if your kids turn out to be something completely different from what you’d hoped for them? What if your partner cheats? What if your stocks crash and you lose everything you worked so hard for? Who will you Be then? What if you could like yourself no matter what happened or what it looked like to other people?

When you discover the gift of liking yourself, really liking who you get to Be, then you will have the most precious thing in your possession and nothing can take that away from you. You’ll be able to have a great day even when your hair is a disaster. You’ll be able to laugh when you mess up, cry when people are watching, crack a lame joke and be the only one laughing…and then laugh about that.

Liking yourself doesn’t mean you’ll be happy about everything, but it does mean you get to be easier on yourself when things fall apart or when life gets messy. It means you get to say “yes” to the things you may have put on the shelf and it means you get to say “no” to the stuff you once tolerated but despised doing. When that happens, you'll be able to cook like auntie! The ingredients of your life will take on a whole new flavour and you will discover your own secret sauce.

Treat yourself like someone you love. Glennon Doyle Melton Coaching Quote


Everyone has their own process known only to them and you will become your own expert too. My journey is something I had to work at for a long time. It took a lot of trial and error. I was a super shy kid with very few friends or social ties. I didn't dislike myself but I definitely was not comfortable being seen and that really limited the choices I could make.

Luckily what I did have was an insatiable appetite for learning about spirituality, healing and personal growth. Those fascinations saved me and helped me make sense of my world and got me to where I am today.

I’m grateful for the journey and I’m relieved to not have to live the way I did for nearly 40yrs. This is why I’m sharing what I’ve learned with you. Here’s what I’ve discovered:

I really like myself. I enjoy my own company, I laugh at my own jokes, I love how I live my life and the person I get to be. I also appreciate how I deal with difficulties, how I address things as they come up, and they do come up. I’m much more comfortable in my body, more comfortable with the sound of my voice and the things it says. I like how I care for others, I like how I continue to learn new things all the time and that it’s ok if I don’t always know what I’m doing and I’m less and less concerned with the opinions of others. I’m also ok with not having “it all together”. That’s part of the process of life! That’s the whole point, and it’s wonderful.

Talk to yourself like someone you love. Brené Brown Coaching Quote


Getting to this point was a process for me but it was worth every step of the journey and I’m certain that it isn’t over yet. I know you can go from where you are now to loving your uniqueness and the person you get to be.

Here are a few things that might help you discover more ways of liking yourself:

  1. Start by getting comfortable with the idea that one day this will be normal and natural for you. It's ok if its awkward and clumsy for now.
  2. Get curious about what you don't like about yourself. How would a kind and loving person respond to those things? What would they say? I know this can be a difficult thing to do, but we have to learn to be the person we’ve always wanted someone else to be for us. You already have a sense of how to respond and start shifting these things. Do what makes sense to you. There is no right/wrong way.
  3. Appreciate your warm heart. Take note of the things you do like about you, what you’re pleased with. Notice when you handle a situation well. Where are you honouring the values that are really important to you? Are you kind? Do you do your best to make people feel welcomed? Maybe you bring your friends coffee or send them songs they might enjoy. I know you’ve got a list you could start making.
  4. Respond to yourself as though you are your own best friend. Laugh about your shortcomings. Speak with kindness and encouragement. Give yourself time and space when you need it.
  5. Take some risks, try new things and give yourself the opportunity to have a learning curve. No one knows how to do things without a few bumps or growing pains.
  6. Try not to compare yourself to others. You can like you and your choices without having to be better than someone else. And, you get to be your own version of an awesome human with your own flare and style without measuring up to anyone else’s standards.
  7. If you do find yourself comparing yourself to others or beating yourself up about something…find a way to laugh about it. It’s a hilarious thing we all do from time to time. We are adorable that way!
  8. Develop a zero tolerance policy for negative self-talk. It doesn’t mean you don’t recognize your mistakes or repeated patterns. It allows you to acknowledge that you’re a work in progress. You are allowed to take however long you need to do what you’re doing. You’ll get there.
  9. Do the difficult things. Challenge yourself to try things outside your comfort zone. Get some bumps and bruises along the way, that’s how we get where we want to go.
  10. Celebrate every little “win”. Start with the itty-bitty insignificant things if you have to. There is always something. This will put fuel in your tank.
  11. Enjoy the process…because enjoying it is an option.

Treat yourself like your best friend. Anonymous Coaching Quote


If this all seems like a bit much at the beginning…that’s ok too and I have something really simple you can do to ease in or support an ongoing practice.

  • Take a quiet moment alone to do this. You can do it in the bathroom, in the car, outside in the park or even in a sunny window.
  • Stand or sit
  • Close your eyes
  • Place a hand gently on your heart (the other one can go on your tummy or solar plexus just below the ribs)
  • Make the intention of just holding your beautiful heart in a nurturing way.
  • Acknowledge that it’s been through a lot. It’s been hurt, disappointed, rejected, betrayed, abandoned and broken. It needs your tenderness right now. Just hold it.
  • Allow a little smile and tell your heart you love it. Say, “I’m here for you. We’re going to get through this. There is a way and we’ll figure it out.”
  • Do this for as long as you like. It can be a long or short connection.

To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness. Robert Morley Coaching Quote


  • You are allowed to take as long as you like in this journey.
  • You already have an idea how to do it. These are just some suggestions to get you going.
  • There isn’t actually anything wrong with you.
  • There is nothing you need to fix.
  • You will figure it out and discover all kinds of wonderful things along the way.
  • Trust your instincts and don’t make yourself wrong for trying whatever makes sense at the time. That is your wisdom in action.
  • The things that work you can keep doing, the things that don’t work, you can let go of and move on.
  • You have a great big warm heart.
  • You are naturally creative in your own way.
  • You’ve had a unique set of experiences and circumstances that make you unlike any other person and that makes your path suitable for only you.
  • You can learn from others, be inspired and get ideas, but you have to figure out what works for you alone.
  • You are beautiful, you matter, and whatever you’re feeling is totally ok and makes complete sense in this moment. You will have a new moment, and then another, and you will feel other things.

Consider happiness as a journey

TOO MANY COOKS IN THE KITCHEN: A Cluttered Mind Leads to Confusion

You can’t believe everything you think or the criticisms of others. That’s what gets us into trouble. It’s like we believe the movie we’re watching is real! “Omg, did you see that?” ...It’s not real. It was a movie projection, green screen, animation, loads of make-up and expensive set design. Our thoughts are just like that. They’re so realistic but there’s a big price to pay in believing them to be true so be selective with what thoughts you allow to run your show.

Remind yourself, nobody built like you, you designed yourself. Jay Z Coaching Quote


Instead...make choices that are kinder. To me the “love yourself” thing is the verby action component that goes with liking yourself. It’s about the things that you do or don’t do to take care of yourself. Your choices matter. Make sure they are loving, nurturing, kind and fun.


We’ve looked at what liking yourself might be for you, and we’ve looked at some ways you can help that process along, but we haven’t discussed why. Why is it important to like yourself? What is the value in that? Why does it matter? What's the point?

Here’s my take on it. 

First of all, liking yourself doesn’t make you arrogant or egotistical. It makes you kinder to you and eventually to others as well.

You like yourself because that’s the whole point of being an individual. You get to be a unique expression, unlike any other. That’s amazing, what's not to like?

Embracing and enjoying all of you feels good. There’s a sense of ease that comes from forgiving yourself and letting go of trying to get things right according to others. It brings a lightness and a relief that comes from healing and releasing the abuse we self-inflict through our criticism. It also brings possibilities that open up when we stop depriving ourselves of things that bring us joy and no longer force ourselves to do things that don’t feel good.

Do you want to know one of the biggest reasons why? It’s because, when you really like yourself and WHO YOU GET TO BE, you start to like other people even more! Their foibles and idiosyncrasies don’t bother you as much. You become less judgy, more accepting, more loving and way more fun to be around. Your whole life improves. You’ll feel freer and things will naturally start to flow.

The icing on the cake is that when you like yourself, the universe likes you too. The sun is sunnier and life is way more fun. Your life becomes a place for miracles. That’s a great thing and it’s why learning to like yourself is THE SECRET SAUCE.


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