10 Principles to Build and Maintain a Friendship with Yourself

By S. Renee Smith, Vivian Harte

Part of Self-Esteem For Dummies Cheat Sheet

One of the most powerful ways to build your self-esteem is to be your own best friend. Practice these ten principles to love and support yourself:

  • Look inside to see what you believe about yourself.

  • Speak only positive things about yourself, being patient, loving, and gentle with yourself.

  • Treat yourself fairly and with integrity.

  • Trust that you will be good to yourself.

  • Be satisfied with yourself but realize you can change for the better, too.

  • Choose what you do and the people you are with to celebrate who you are.

  • Make decisions that create the life you believe you are worthy of.

  • Treat yourself like you’re special and do things that make you feel good about being you.

  • Check in with yourself every day about what’s happening.

  • Be aware of your needs and respond to them.