Accept Yourself to Find Happiness

Chris Johnson shares the key lessons he’s learned over the years, including acceptance, compassion, and gratitude.

I’ve gleaned some fundamental principles from the wisdom offered by several “metaphysical” guides on how to go about living a life better filled with happiness, health, abundance, and fulfillment. They provide a spiritual code of conduct that, when followed, profoundly affects your perception of reality. These few are the key “natural principles”:

Accept and Allow.
This is the key to living a life full of Love. To accept and allow is to invoke the natural power of Divine Love within you. True acceptance involves eliminating judgment while you allow things to be as they are. Crucially, this begins with yourself.

Accepting and allowing yourself–with all your physical, emotional, and psychological idiosyncrasies–invigorates this Love that is imbued within you; enabling you to accept and allow others and situations to be as they are.

Accepting without judgment does not prevent you from taking action to alleviate your own or another life form’s suffering.

Be Compassionate.
Compassion is the ultimate gift you can give. Love and compassion are integrated emotions, as genuinely accepting and allowing yourself and others incorporates compassion.

Being compassionate exercises a basic kindness and desire within you to relieve suffering when you become aware of it. The extent to which we experience suffering, either individually or en masse, is reliant upon the frequency of compassion we exhibit personally and collectively. By being open to receiving as well as providing compassion, you encourage growth for all concerned. We are vessels for the carrier wave of compassion and we set its frequency.

Be Grateful and Appreciative.
Gratitude is the attractor of abundance in all its forms. Just as we create “suffering” to remind us of our shortcomings, we also create acts of appreciation of ourselves–the “gifts” of positive experiences.

Receiving another’s gift of compassion when we are struggling is actually a self-affirming act. By receiving and being genuinely grateful for the smallest gift that comes your way, you invite into your life further acts of self-appreciation….Continue reading on

Chris is a speaker, the author of the trilogy It’s About You! and a teacher of an integral approach to Whole-Self realization.

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Chris J.
Chris J.4 years ago

Always a good idea to practice what you preach ;-) so I'm sending my deepest gratitude to all those who left comment. I really appreciate it!

Chris J.

Ernie Miller
william Miller4 years ago


Dimitris Dallis
Past Member 4 years ago

To do and be all that you have to accept or compromise with the core of your inner character. And most people strangle with this. (including me)

Eternal Gardener
Eternal G4 years ago

One of the hardest lessons in life....

Sue Brewer
Sue Brewer4 years ago

Yes to this!

Denise Morley
Denise Morley4 years ago


Edo R.
Edo R4 years ago

Thank you for sharing!

heather g.
heather g4 years ago

Thank you - excellent advice for readers to follow

Robert O.
Robert O4 years ago


jenny H.
jenny H4 years ago

I definitely think this is something which comes with age and experience...finally, in my 30's I am learning to love and respect myself and it makes such a difference to how I view the world! In my teens and 20's I suffered from depression and self-harmed - I believed I would never be happy. Now, I am one of the most optimistic people I know! Attitude plays a huge part in turning your life around.