Actor Robert Morely once said, “To fall in love with yourself is the first secret to happiness.” 

And at Health Coach Institute, we couldn’t agree more. 

Self-love is the foundation upon which better-than-ever lives are built. It opens the door to more fulfillment in all areas of life and encourages your best self to emerge. 

That’s why today’s post is all about, you guessed it, how to cultivate self-love. We’ll be talking about what self-love is and why it’s important—plus, we’ll be sharing our lead faculty’s top five self-love habits, resources, and products for nourishing themselves in mind, body, and spirit. 

What is Self-Love?

Merriam-Webster defines self-love as “an appreciation of one’s own worth or virtue” and “proper regard for and attention to one’s own happiness and well-being”. 

More simply put, self-love means knowing your worth and doing things that support your happiness and well-being.

We can practice self-love in a variety of ways, like:

As you can see from the examples above, self-love and self-care are very closely intertwined. In fact, self-care is one of the most powerful ways you can regularly show yourself love. In case you need more ways to treat yourself to some self-care, here are 60 ideas to get you started


Self-Love Psychology: Why Self-Love Is Important

When you love, value, and respect yourself and your needs, you’re more likely to:

When you love yourself, you’re more self-aware of who you are and what you need to thrive in life. You accept yourself, flaws and all, and you embrace your imperfections. You don’t need outside validation to feel worthy or justified in your decisions. 


How Can I Work On Self-Love?

Here are a few ways you can start cultivating more self-love in your life right now:






For more self-love techniques, download our Self-Love Worksheet


Our Co-Founders’ Favorite Ways to Practice Self-Love

Now on to the fun part! HCI’s co-founders, Carey Peters and Stacey Morgenstern have curated their top 5 self-love habits, resources, and products for tending to their personal health and wellness. 

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Stacey’s Self-Love Favorites

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If you find self-love a challenge, we hope this article has given you some actionable insights and ideas to start cultivating a healthy self-love habit. Your better-than-ever self awaits! 

If you’re interested in a career where you can help others live more fulfilling lives, our 6-month online Become a Health Coach program might be right for you. We offer one of the only dual Health and Life Coach certificates, so you’ll have the skills to transform the most lives possible. You’ll learn from Carey and Stacey (who have over 25 years of combined coaching experience), benefit from 1:1 mentoring, and be part of an amazing community 20,000+ students strong. Find out more about the program by connecting with a Clarity Coach today.