TMHS 269: How Your Level Of Self-Love Impacts Your Health, Happiness, And Success

Love is one of the most powerful forces in the universe. Not just in a metaphysical way, but in a very tangible, practical way that guides our choices everyday.

Love compels us to care for and support others. Love compels us to create and bring our thoughts into physical form. Love compels us to put ourselves in harm’s way so that others can live. Love compels us to work hard, to practice, and to respect the process. Love compels us to get back up when we fall, and rise to the challenge in the face of adversity. Love heals.

Love is also not discriminatory. Although, that’s the way our society has allowed it to be framed. In our world today, it’s ok to love someone or something else. But, loving yourself… nah. That would be self-centered.

What if I told you that loving yourself was the greatest love of all? Hold up, have you actually listened to Whitney Houston’s song “Greatest Love Of All”? Well, let me give you a little refresher:

I believe that children are our future.

Teach them well and let them lead the way.

Show them all the beauty they possess inside.

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier.

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be.

Now, let’s break this down line-by-line.

I believe that children are our future: This is a statement emphasizing how important our children are. That they carry the torch. They the are, in fact, the future of everything. We all start here. And we all deserve a chance.

Teach them well and let them lead the way: This encompasses how we are all programmed at an early age… and need to be taught “well”. With that, we are capable of leading us into a brighter future.

Show them all the beauty they possess inside: Establishing self-love is often directed by those entrusted to care for us. This line highlights that. It’s one of the greatest gifts to know that you have immense beauty inside of you. (And no one can take that from you… as highlighted in another line from the song, “No matter what they take from me, they can’t take away my dignity.”) If we can be shown the beauty we possess inside, we will find strength, happiness, and real love.

Give them a sense of pride to make it easier: This line makes clear that we need our sense of self-love and self-worth to be reaffirmed. Obstacles will be presented along the way that will challenge your sense of self-worth. If we are instilled with pride and a sense that it’s “ok” to love yourself, it will make life easier (and we can eliminate unnecessary suffering).

Let the children’s laughter remind us how we used to be: Kids possess an innate quality of self-love that adults tend to forgo as they get older. That quality is being honesty about what they want, and a desire to be happy. Kids are all about experiencing joy. That’s what this line of the song spotlights. If we can pay attention, and tune into that joy, we can be reminded of the beauty inside of us.

The interesting thing is that I didn’t listen to this song until the recording of this episode was complete. Each and every one of these points were covered in this episode in some form or fashion, and then it hit me like a ton of bricks. The greatest love of all was outlined in this song many decades ago. Yet, we seem to have overlooked what the song actually means.

We’re at an epidemic place in our society’s collective lack of self-love. And its results are pouring into every area of our lives. I decided to do something about it. I decided to share the uncomfortable, seemingly unbeautiful stuff within me… in hopes that it can help someone else to see just how much they matter, and just how much they deserve to be loved. And especially deserving of “The Greatest Love Of All”. Click play, listen deeply, and enjoy.

In this episode you’ll discover:

  • Why chocolate is commonly associated with love.
  • Why there’s a recent shift to positive psychology.
  • What self-love actually is.
  • How self-love can influence eating habits.
  • The negative feelings that often come with food choices.
  • How different things in your life are dramatically affected by your level of self-Love.
  • The 5 major places that our neglect of self-love comes from.
  • What kids know about self-love that adults tend to forget.
  • Why unhealthy comparison has become an epidemic.
  • How we are culturally programmed to NOT love ourselves.
  • How knowing ourselves can unconsciously diminish our self-love.
  • Why we all need to feel like we matter.
  • The difference between your innate value and explicit value.
  • Why deciding what you really want is part of self-love.
  • How lying about not knowing something can sabotage our success.
  • How we can start to allow ourselves to want what we really want.
  • The 5 steps to develop more self-love and self-value.

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  • Annette
    14 Feb 2018, 12:48 pm

    Thanks again Shawn! What an amazing show/podcast. I was blown away by the content and delivery! I was just reading about “Self Love” when in comes to relationships and received your email regarding this episode. This is one of the most important things we can do for ourselves and I completely missed it but thanks to you and my constant need to better myself, I’m aware of this and ready to develop it. You are truly a guru when it comes to complete healthcare which encompasses so many subject topics. I’m waiting for your next book/tour…best wishes always!

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  • Ali
    17 Feb 2018, 10:14 am

    It takes a man to show emotion and be ok with showing emotion. This is what we need to teach our boys as well as our girls. Thank you for being man enough to share.

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  • beth
    17 Feb 2018, 1:58 pm

    Thanks for sharing your story!
    I was trying to sign up for Model Mondays and when I press “get access” nothing happened and it said it was only 50% complete. Didn’t know if its a problem on my end but will try again later! You’re amazing! Keep your fire burning bright! xo

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  • Lisa S
    20 Feb 2018, 2:03 pm

    This was a great podcast, Shawn! Thank you so much for sharing your experience and emotions…so powerful it made me cry.

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  • abalinx
    27 Feb 2018, 3:14 am

    Annette, thank you for your blog post.Really thank you! Awesome.

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  • Jamie Tomlinson
    20 Mar 2018, 6:36 am

    I’m not sure where to start with this podcast, there’s some pretty powerful stuff and raw emotion all bundled together. As another commenter stated it takes a man to show emotion and be ok with showing emotion, thanks for being the model in that space and working through it to finish the podcast you are a true inspiration. This is one of the reasons I opted out of traditional media which is over polished and shallow in comparison. The raw emotion in this episode almost caught me a couple of times, given that I was driving at the time this was a bit offputting ;). It made me realise I need to develop the strength, self-love and compassion you showed in this podcast and for that this makes you my hero. Thank you for all you put out in the world and please don’t stop!

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