Akosua Dardaine Edwards

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Akosua Dardaine Edwards - author, writer, coach, gender specialist, speaker


Being Happy Includes Kindness

Most people think happiness is about achieving something but it's not. Happiness is about being happy with yourself and treating yourself with love and kindness  Kyle Jones

Today I want to share a post from the wonderful mind of Kyle D Jones who speaks the truth to me!

How do you learn to love yourself?”

⠀⠀Loving yourself is about establishing loving habits in every area of your life. These are the six areas of life you need to have loving habits: (1) physical, (2) mental, (3) emotional, (4) financial, (5) relational and (6) spiritual.


My top thirty (30) loving habits are listed below:

1. Practice self-awareness throughout your day

2. Drinking at least eight glasses of water every day

3. Exercising at least twenty minutes a day

4. Working towards your short term and long term goals on a daily basis

5. Brushing and flossing your teeth twice a day

6. Having a daily skin care routine

7. Making sure your body is getting the proper nutrients

8. Getting enough sleep at night to wake up feeling good

9. Having the courage to face your fears

10. Being self-compassionate

11. Having a stress relieving technique

12. Taking personal responsibility for your feelings

13. Becoming skilled at identifying and meeting your needs

14. Setting boundaries

15. Receiving emotional support from an online coach or therapist

16. Being a lifelong learner

17. Writing in your gratitude journal daily

18. Staying away from negative people

19. Staying away from abusive relationships

20. Refusing to compare yourself to others

21. Giving yourself permission to make mistakes

22. Refusing to take other people’s behaviors personally

23. Putting down your phone as much as possible

24. Spending time in nature as much as possible

25. Printing out your bank statements every month and tracking your spending

26. Letting go of unhealthy spending habits

27. Making a budget at the beginning of every day, week and month

28. Having six months of living expenses saved for emergencies

29. Praying daily

30. Meditating daily


The more loving habits you have, the more you start to make yourself feel loved and valued. You also need to make sure these loving habits are in every area of your life, not just one or two

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