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Three Benefits of Living Honest, Open and True

At the beginning of the year I wrote about what it means to Live HOT by being Honest, Open and True. Chances are good you are already living each day by

skeleton key in brass lock of walnut door, Three Benefits of Living Honest, Open and True, Life is HOT blog, Brad W. Smith, photographer,

The key to unlocking better relationships with others is to first create a better relationship with yourself. Then you have the ability to apply those same principles of being Honest, Open and True when you relate to others.

these three elements even if you’ve never thought about it this way. If so, you’re enjoying the rich benefits that come with having a great relationship with yourself and with others, especially with those who are more important to you. I hope you find the Life is HOT blog helpful as you continue your journey, the same way that researching and writing about these topics has helped me.

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What Does it Mean to Be True?

What does it mean to be true? It means that you uphold yourself and put your needs first so that you’re able to meet the needs of those you love or are responsible to.

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You love yourself fully when you create a vision for your life and take responsibility for realizing it. Put yourself on the path to reach your dreams.

It means you know your values and are guided by them in all that you do. It also means that you do not do things just to please others when those things violate your values or your boundaries. Sometimes it means you let others be responsible for their feelings and actions. You hold yourself responsible for your own feelings and actions.

Being true is the third component of the Live HOT way of life and the guiding principles to loving yourself.

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14 Ways to Love Yourself

How do you show you love yourself? For starters, Valentine’s Day is just around the corner, so you can

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Only when you give yourself the gift of love can you give the gift of love to others.

 

buy yourself a gift. Have no idea what you’d like? That’s okay, take a few minutes right now and think about how you can show you love yourself. I have 14 ways you can love yourself that I’ll share with you. Continue reading

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