7 Little Ways To Combat The Life-Threatening Issue Of American Loneliness

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We seem to be in the midst of an epidemic of loneliness, and there appears to be a tremendous lack of self-love happening in our hearts. On this journey called life, love is always a beacon of hope, peace, and joy.

However, learning to love ourselves unconditionally can sometimes be challenging. I know it was for me. Learning to love and appreciate all aspects of myself took healing parts of me tucked away in dark corners.

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Seven practical tips for spreading authentic self-love (and help ease the loneliness epidemic)

1. Build a foundation of giving and receiving love.

Have you ever heard the expression, "You can't pour from an empty cup?" This rings true in love more than anywhere else. If you can't love yourself unconditionally, loving someone else in the same manner becomes a distant dream. It's about filling your cup first to overflow into the lives of others.

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2. Use acceptance to lead to unconditional love.

Loving yourself unconditionally paves the way for accepting your entire being, even the parts you may not appreciate as much. When you eliminate self-judgment, you open your heart to accept others without conditions, fostering deeper and more meaningful relationships.

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3. Create emotional freedom for deeper connections.

Unconditional self-love means no longer suppressing your emotions. It is a common defense mechanism developed from childhood criticisms. By embracing your feelings, you can unlock a door to profound connections and the potential to find soulmate-level intimacy.



4. Teach others how to love you.

How you love yourself sets the bar for how others will treat you. Through self-love, you establish boundaries, invest in personal care, and show up more fully in every aspect of life. This not only reduces resentment and stress but also safeguards your well-being.

5. Let confidence and positivity shine.

Self-love fuels confidence and a shift towards positive self-talk. This newfound self-confidence means less concern over others' opinions, reduced likelihood of getting offended or festering resentment, and overall happier existence.

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6. Be a beacon for healthy relationships.

When you love yourself, you naturally attract and nurture relationships that mirror this love. Your self-worth discourages settling for less than you deserve, leading to healthier, more satisfying connections.

7. Use the key for lifelong happiness.

Ultimately, unconditional self-love is the secret ingredient to a fulfilling life. It's the foundation upon which all aspects of well-being are built, leading to lasting happiness and a sense of completeness.



Embracing yourself in self-love is not a luxury but a necessity for anyone seeking to enrich their life and relationships. If you are struggling with self-love or facing recurring patterns in your relationships that leave you feeling stuck. Remember, change begins with you.​ Reach out to a trusted friend, coach, or your favorite hypnotherapist if you'd like support on your journey toward more self-love, deeper connections, and a life filled with greater love and happiness.

Let’s unlock the door to healing your heart.

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Michele Molitor, CPCC, CHt, is a certified coach, hypnotherapist, and co-author of the book Breakthrough Healing. She coaches high-achieving professionals in reducing their overwhelm and reclaiming their self-confidence, calm, and clarity to create a thriving life and career.