If you’re like most people, you think about how you can be a good friend to others. But you spend little time thinking about how to be your own best friend. What’s interesting is that no one teaches you how to be a friend to yourself. So how do you do it? You start by loving yourself. Perhaps that sounds trite but, in case you forgot, it’s the third part of what is called The Great Commandments: ”Love God and love your neighbor AS YOURSELF.” Right there it is.......AS YOURSELF. You can’t ignore it.....LOVE YOURSELF. Therefore, you accept yourself as you are, imperfections and all. You like who you are. You give yourself freedom to be yourself. You don’t try to be somebody you are not. You don’t question your worth as a person. You don’t put yourself down. You’re mindful of your own needs and you do your best to meet those needs. You treat yourself with kindness. You surround yourself with people who love and support you, people who sprinkle your life with fun and magic. So...... Take the time to think about all the qualities you would like in a friend, and then be that kind of friend to YOURSELF.