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The Golden Rule Starts With YOU

We’ve all heard the Golden Rule before. Some version of it can be found at the center of all the world’s major religions.The simplest way to say it, and my personal favorite is “Love your neighbor as yourself.” The key though is how do you love yourself? If you aren’t treating yourself with love and kindness, how can you treat others that way? How you make others feel about themselves says a lot about you feel about yourself. We are social creatures; we need each other to survive. The quality of our relationships directly effects our level of happiness. We all want to be happy, and the main source of happiness comes from our relationships with others. So in order for the golden rule to work and improve our relationships and happiness we must start with ourselves. Take care of yourself, take time out of your busy day for some quality me-time, put yourself first from time to time, treat yourself. You deserve it. Here are some things I do to reconnect with myself and show myself some love. Yoga and mediation are excellent ways to check in with yourself. They create a powerful connection between the mind and the body. Your mind becomes clearer and you create a space within yourself that allows you to become more available to others and the world around you, for deeper connections. Go for a run, or engage in physical activity of any kind. Not only will it release endorphins, which trigger pleasure and happiness, but it will make you feel strong, confident, and alive. Create something: sketch, paint, write, take a picture, knit, cook- whatever it is, creating allows you to express yourself in a new and exciting way. It will also give you a sense of pride and accomplishment. Try something new, maybe something you’ve always wanted to but keep finding an excuse not to…well it’s a new year, so make 2014 a year of no excuses. New experiences are exhilarating. They open your eyes a little wider and bring about new perspectives. Let loose. Turn the music up, sing it loud, break out some of your best moves, and go crazy. If this doesn’t put a smile on your face, I don’t know what will. Practice gratitude. Take some time to sit down and count your blessings, you will realize all that you have to be appreciative of. I had a teacher who used to say, “I’m not grateful because I am happy, I am happy because I am grateful.” We all live hectic lives, and there are never enough hours in the day. Start off small with a few minutes of quiet meditation each day. Taking time for yourself will feel so liberating, and improve your mood drastically that before you know it you will realize the importance of having those moments for yourself. When you feel good about yourself you will radiate positive energy that people will be drawn to, and you will be ready to love your neighbors as deeply as you love yourself. X Colleen Kelly is a senior at University of Delaware, receiving her degree in Organizational and Community Leadership with a concentration in Nutrition. She is a yoga enthusiast, loves farmers’ markets, peruses healthy living blogs constantly looking for new tips and insights, and values taking care of herself body, mind and soul. After graduating she aspires to work in the field of holistic wellness, empowering others to see the vast benefits of healthy wholesome living. *Image via here

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