Man Selbst Zu Sein, Ist Das Grösste Glück. – Theodor Herzl the Greatest Happiness Is to Be Yourself

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After having read all the quotes, this Herzl’s quote was the one that stuck with me the most and is the one I can relate to the most. In my opinion in order for all other aspects of one’s life to function normally, one must first be himself/herself. It is of the utmost importance to know yourself fully so that your lovelife, your familylife, your friendships as well as your work wouldn’t have to suffer. If you are satisfied with yourself everything else will come together, just like a huge jigsaw puzzle made up of thousands of different parts that can be joined together perfectly. You’ll be the best boyfriend or girlfriend, the best daughter or son, the truest friend and that is very important because a man is not an island. It’s not so easy for a person to be him/herself all the time and that is something that the society, parents and teachers need to make possible- they need to build self-esteem in children. By raising a person’s self-esteem at an early age and making a person believe in himself/herself and in all of his/her ideas, we would enable the growth of generations of people satisfied with themselves and therefore more suitable to be a part of a perfect society, where everyone listens to each other, lends a helping hand and not just watches from a far. As Coopersmith pointed out” Children’s self-esteem largely depends on the experiences, positive or negative, that they have in their environment.” And all the positive experiences and comments will make a child feel worthy of love and valued. The five components of self –esteem given by Reasiner are tightly connected to the quote I’ve chosen, because having a sense of security, a sense of identity, a sense of belonging, a sense of purpose and of personal competence will help us get by in the world of today- because we will know that if we are happy with ourselves there is no one that could do us any harm.
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