The Mandatory Guide to Practicing Self-Love (And No, We Don’t Mean Masturbation (OK Maybe a Little)

This Valentine’s Day, whether you have a special someone or not, there’s one other person you need to keep in mind: yourself. Yes, you, kind sir, are worthy of love. And chances are, you don’t give yourself props for the wonderful being you are often enough.

Self-love may be one of those cringey terms you read about in self-improvement books, but it’s an incredibly important concept. (And, no, by self-love, we aren’t talking about more frequent masturbation, though if rubbing one out lifts your spirits, by all means, plow ahead.) Being gentle with yourself, treating yourself with respect, and pumping up your ego from time to time is not only healthy, it’s essential to a life well lived.

In this Mandatory Guide to Practicing Self-Love, we’re going to give you a primer on how to start caring for yourself more – mind, body, and spirit. It’s not as simple as sending yourself flowers and chocolates on Feb. 14, but instead consists of everyday habits that, over time, will make you value yourself and your life on a more profound level. (And since when has masturbation ever done that?)

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