The importance of loving yourself

We’re big fans of philosopher Alain de Botton and The School of Life here at MyGoodPlanet and their latest video, on why loving yourself is an essential aspect of a healthy life, is just another example of why.


In this short video, de Botton explains just why we need to spend as much time loving ourselves as we do loving others; for one cannot successfully exist without the other.

“One of the great and slightly strange dangers of falling in love with someone is how we may respond the day they start to love us back.
Some of the reasons we fall in love with people is because we long to escape from ourselves into the embrace of a person who appears as beautiful perfect and accomplished as we feel ourselves to be flawed, dumb and mediocre. But what if such a being were one day turn around and love us back? Nothing could discredit them faster. How could they be as divine as we had hoped when they have the bad taste to approve of someone like us? …”

The School of Life provides a range of free online resources, as well as several schools around the world which run courses that are tailored to assist students become the very best they can be.

Colin J McCracken

Colin J McCracken is a content designer, editor and writer from Ireland. Giving form and function to the My Good Planet vision, it has been his role to design and develop the online platform, content and presence of the project.

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