Falling in love with your life > falling in love with a person.
1. You devote yourself more to the things that you’re passionate about.
When you learn to love yourself more, you start paying better attention to your heart. You listen to your inner desires a little more and you let yourself give indulge in them. You discover more of the things that you’re passionate about and you devote more and more time for them. You know that your passions are the things that enrich your soul, and you have no guilt for devoting yourself to them.
2. You immerse yourself in nature more.
The great outdoors start becoming your best friend. You have lots of energy that’s just cooped up inside of you and you need to be able to manifest that energy into something productive and relaxing. That’s why you start going out more and you begin immersing yourself in the natural world. You will grow to love it more and more as each day goes by.
3. You discover more about what you really want and need out of life.
When you are single, you are really forced to reevaluate all the nuances of your life. This evaluation includes having to decide what things you really want and need out of life; and which of these you need to be prioritizing. How much energy and resources are you devoting for the things that you merely want? How much time are you neglecting for acquiring the things that you really need?
4. You better appreciate the relationships that you currently have.
It might sound counter-intuitive but when you’re not in a serious relationship with a person, you start to appreciate whatever relationships you do have in life more. These relationships can be with your parents, your siblings, your best friends, your workmates, or your mentors. It doesn’t really matter. What matters is that you understand that romantic relationships aren’t everything and that you need to devote your time and effort in allowing other kinds of relationships to flourish in your life as well.
5. You understand that your personal memories and day-to-day experiences are enough to keep you fulfilled.
You don’t need a romantic relationship for you to be fulfilled in life. Even when you’re single and loving your own life, you still have the capacity to be content and happy. You know that whatever experiences you go through on a daily basis help build you up to be the person that you are, and you don’t take that fact for granted.
6. You can live selfishly without guilt.
When you are in a romantic relationship with another person, you are going to have to give up substantial parts of yourself. You can’t afford to always be selfish. You need to learn how to be generous, thoughtful, and selfless. However, when you’re single, you can be perfectly selfish without being guilty. You get to go after the things that you want without much hindrance.
7. You are able to focus on the more important aspects of your life.
Your career starts becoming more important to you. Your relationships with your friends start becoming more important to you. Your hobbies and personal interests start gaining more prominence in your life. Because you don’t have to devote all your attention to a relationship, you are freeing yourself up to accommodate other aspects of life.
8. You start to learn that your happiness is not dependent on being in a relationship.
One of the most important benefits of learning how to love yourself is developing a more mature understanding of happiness. You start to understand that your happiness does not depend on whether or not you’re in a relationship. You start to believe that you can find happiness in other aspects of life and that only you can decide what your personal standards of happiness are.
9. You live life more actively rather than passively.
Instead of just waiting for things to happen, you have so much more time and energy to make things happen when you’re living life as a single person. You are able to go after the things that you want and manipulate all the conditions that you can to ensure that you live a happy and comfortable life.
10. You start valuing the advice and opinions of other people even when they contradict your own.
You start exposing yourself to very different kinds of people and you learn how to deal with them better. You are no longer stuck in an echo chamber of people who only share similar opinions with you. You eventually learn the skills of listening to dissenting opinions and dealing with conflict. You start gaining better perspectives of what people are like and how the world works in the eyes of others.
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