From my Starbucks coffee cup:
All unhappiness and stagnation result from a feeling that you are at the mercy of the world and the people in it. But what a joy it is, what a major shift to strength and power, when you no longer wait around for others to favor and love you, for others to flatter and reward you. Reward and flatter yourself, favor and love yourself.
~Kira Salak, Writer and National Geographic Emerging Explorer
Would that it were that easy, huh? And once you've decided to reward and flatter, favor and love yourself, how exactly are you to carry that out?