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Health & Wellness

If you find yourself expecting and wanting compliments or assurance from others , this is a sign that you should check yourself for self-love .
FROM THE ASHES OF DISASTER , Vol . 2

LEARNING TO LOVE YOURSELF

In this edition of “ From the Ashes of Disaster ,” we learn how to know if you ’ re lacking self-love and some tips on what to do if , like many of us , you could benefit from loving yourself a little better .
By AMELIE YAN-GOUIFFES

When I was a humanitarian worker , my sole purpose ( and my soul ’ s purpose ) was what I gave to others . I felt so happy in this service that I didn ’ t really count my hours as working . I was just helping people . The honor of helping fulfilled me ; my love and compassion for others were enough to carry me through life . But this changed in important ways when I stopped working out in the field and returned to what my friends and family called the “ normal life .”

When I shifted from field work to office work based in Bangkok , I underwent a very big change . Even though I was still a humanitarian worker , without being in the field — which connected me directly with people — I lost the familiar spark I was used to having each morning . I had been used to feeling alive every single minute of my life , and a part of me had begun to die . Something inside me told me I needed to take action .
I envisioned for myself a different professional path that would allow me to explore new , exciting ways to serve others . And this path took me into unknown territory — the business world . As I walked this path , I was simply responding to an inner calling . But I did not know , really , where I was heading .
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