Life Lessons

Loving Yourself Starts With Loving The Needy

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We live in a world where many counselors, psychologists, and other advisers advocate for self-love. There are countless sayings that state how you need to love yourself first before you can love someone else. ‘Self-love first’ has become like a gospel truth that the majority of people have come to believe. Is there some truth in the self-love gospel? Maybe not.

There can be a very thin line between self-love and selfishness. Loving the needy and giving to a charity such as Yad Ezra can help you love yourself more. Putting others first in a prudent way could be the key to more self-love and heightened self-esteem. You may be wondering, 'how does helping others make me love myself?' Here is how;

Loving Yourself Starts With Loving The Needy

Loving the needy gives you a sense of purpose

A common denominator for people who love themselves is that they know their purpose in life. When you are clear about what you are supposed to be doing with your life, you develop self-esteem. Most people with suicidal thoughts and those who are envious of others struggle with a lack of purpose. Such people end up hating and questioning their very existence.

Giving gives your life meaning. When you make a difference in the life of a needy person, you feel better about yourself, and you will, in turn, love yourself more.

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Draws love to your life

Loving others brings more love your way because people love generous people. That said; give wisely to keep others from taking advantage of you. Human beings are social beings. We need to be around others to feel love and warmth. Rejection from people could cause you to think less of yourself.

When you are surrounded by love and receive gratitude and admiration from the people you have helped, you begin to see your value. Such recognition raises your self-esteem.

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Build stronger social connections

Everybody loves to be part of a group, to fit into a particular click. When you associate with the needy, you will make friends with them and with other people who are donating to charity. Being in the right social circle where people respect and appreciate you also makes you appreciate yourself. Feeling that you belong and that people accept you increases self-love.

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Do unto others what you would have them do to you

If you were in a needy situation, how would you want someone else to treat you? with kindness, compassion, and empathy? Of course. Helping others shows that you value yourself because when you are in need, you would also expect others to help you. When you love others, nature will respond when you call for help in your time of need.

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Loving and helping the needy is an invaluable gift of love that you give yourself. When you give, you feel better about yourself. People around you will admire and respect you and will want to be around you. As a result, your self-confidence and self-esteem will increase.

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