You deserve the love you give everyone else. These cheerful self-love quotes will remind you that you deserve love and joy.
Self-love is something that you are born with. When you are a baby, you expect others to care for you and to love you unconditionally. You believe that you are so lovable that your needs should be met. That’s why you cry in the middle of the night or whenever you need food or care. You are not worried about irritating your parents or not being loved. That’s how you are born, with the ultimate love for yourself.
But somehow, some people lose faith in their self-worth growing up. They doubt their value and feel the urge to prove themselves. They are terrified of not being loved or accepted that they would sacrifice their happiness to please others. And when life gets hard, joy and wellness are the first ones to be thrown out of the window. But that’s the time when they are most needed.
Self-love is not just a vague slogan or a term printed on T-shirts. It’s a belief that you are enough and worthy of love even when others tell you otherwise. The magical things that happen when you love yourself enough? You show the world and the people around you how you deserve to be treated. And by taking care of your needs, you make sure you have the energy and power to get out of a slump.
So here is a list of cheerful self-love quotes for hard times and self-love mantras. They are perfect reminders to take care of yourself, give yourself the attention and love, and prioritize your needs. Choose those that resonate with you, write them down, and stick them somewhere you can see. Or share with a friend or someone who needs a pat on the back and words of encouragement.
Cheerful Self-love Quotes
We accept the love we think we deserve.
– Stephen Chbosky
Sometimes you don’t see the millions of people who accept you for what you are. All you notice is the person who doesn’t.
– Jodi Picoult
The same light you see in others is shining within you, too.
When a woman becomes her own best friend, life is easier.
Lies to stop telling yourself
You are not lovable
You don’t deserve anyone better
You are overreacting
You have to prove your worth
You need to please others
Don’t sacrifice yourself too much, because if you sacrifice too much there’s nothing else you can give.
– Karl Lagerfeld
As I began to love myself, I found that anguish and emotional suffering were only warning signs that I was living against my own truth.
– Charlie Chaplin
One of the greatest regrets in life is being what others would want you to be, rather than being yourself.
– Shannon L. Alder
If you have the ability to love, love yourself first.
– Charles Bukowski
Your time is way too valuable to be wasted on people that can’t accept who you are.
– Turcois Ominek
How you love yourself is How you teach others to love you.
– Rupi Kaur, Milk and Honey
You are not a drop in the ocean. You are the entire ocean in a drop.
Sometimes you may feel like you are just a regular person in the world. But any great man that ever lived on earth was once as normal as you are. If they can make it, you can, too. Look within you, grow your faith and strength and find the spot where you will shine. And unleash your potential.
Self-love is the greatest middle finger of all time.
The most beautiful thing you will ever have is the relationship with yourself.
– Steve Maraboli, Life, the Truth, and Being Free
Stay away from people who make you feel like you are hard to love.
Our first and last love is self-love.
– Christian Nestell Bovee
Self-love is the source of all our other loves.
– Pierre Corneille
Self-love has very little to do with how you feel about your outer self. It’s about accepting all of yourself.
– Tyra Banks
You yourself, as much as anybody in the entire universe, deserve your love and affection.
Choose people that choose you.
Until you value yourself, you won’t value your time. Until you value your time, you will not do anything with it.
– M. Scott Peck
A man cannot be comfortable without his own approval.
– Mark Twain
Low self-esteem is like driving through life with your hand-break on.
– Maxwell Maltz
You are the one that you are going to spend your life with. So treat yourself kindly.
Be faithful to that which exists within yourself.
– André Gide
When I loved myself enough, I began leaving whatever wasn’t healthy.
My judgment called it disloyal. Now I see it as self-loving.
– Kim McMillen
You are not a doormat for someone’s negativity.
Not everyone deserves to be in your circle. Not everything deserves to be on your schedule.
Self-love mantras to live by
Trust the process.
I give myself the time I need.
Be patient with yourself. Growing and glowing take time.
Sky is the limit.
If your dreams don’t scare you, you are playing it safe. You are powerful, and you can do everything you set your mind to. Believing is the first step of happening.
Nothing is too good for me.
You deserve the best things, the best people and the best love in the world.
My story is worth writing.
If the current page is not what you want, you can still make the next chapter amazing. Love yourself and trust yourself.
I deserve my full attention.
So often, we give others time and energy easily. But your time can be more well-spent on yourself. Make time for self-care. Spend an hour each day to learn something new, hustle, and pursue your passion. You are your best investment.
Enjoy the space between where you are now and where you are heading.
It’s ok if you are not there yet. That means you are learning and growing. It takes courage to search for a better version of yourself. Be patient and you’ll get there.
Replace fear with curiosity.
It takes courage to change your life. Whether it’s a new career, moving to a new city, or pursuing your passion, you will only find out if you try. If you learn something in the process, it’s already a win.
I am a work in progress.
It’s ok if you are not there yet. That means you are growing, you are learning, and you are on the way to making yourself proud.
Embrace the uncertainty.
Trust your power to navigate through chaos and bounce back from failures.
I release all doubts and insecurities.
Read also: 32 Difficult questions to ask yourself
I am vulnerable and strong.
Yes, you can be both at the same time. Having emotions doesn’t make you weak. It makes you human.
I will grow through the people I meet and the places I see.
I let go of whatever weighs me down.
Make a list of things you don’t need anymore: toxic relationships, judgments, and negative self-talk… Then, get rid of them one at a time and free the space for the better things to come.
The magic is within.
I’m doing this for me.
I am all I have. And that’s all I need.
I don’t need to explain myself.
They don’t need to understand every decision you make. Let the results do the talking.
The stories I told myself can be deceiving.
I’d date myself.
Self-love is the very first and last love we have. Let’s cultivate this relationship with your attention, time, and energy.
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I will be myself again, eventually.
Healing takes time. If you are having a bad day or going through a tough time, just know that things will pass. And it’s ok if all you do today is to survive.
I am mine, before I am ever anyone else’s.
– Nayyirah Waheed
Don’t force a locked door to open.
Knowing what’s not for you is gold. There will be a door for you somewhere else. So stop wasting your time trying to crack the impossible.
I am not asking for the wrong things. I am asking the wrong person.
Just because you want to be treated well doesn’t mean that you are asking too much. How they deal with your emotions and needs says a lot about them, not you.
Don’t settle for less.
I don’t own you a damn thing.
Yes, you don’t owe anyone an explanation or an apology.
If it’s out of your hands, it deserves freedom from your mind too.
You punish yourself when you overthink. Love yourself enough to set your mind free. Focus on the things you can control. And let everything else fall into place.
Which of these cheerful self-love quotes resonates with you?
Or do you have a personal self-love mantra? Tell me about it in the comment!