self love index

From November to December 2020, we asked over 22,000 people from 21 different countries how they rated their self-worth, happiness and wellbeing. Designed by us and market research leaders Ipsos, here’s what we learned about self-love from our unique global study.

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the self love crisis

The average score on our Self Love Index was just 53 on a scale of 0-100. This means that nearly 1 in 2 people around the world feel more self-doubt than self-love.

But we should feel optimistic too. Our study also revealed the power of self-love: those with high self-love are more likely to bounce back quickly after hard times. And people with high self-love were less emotionally impacted by the Covid-19 pandemic. Some of those people, amazingly, feel even more self-love since it started.

With this study, we want to learn how we can help even more people rise up with self-love around the world. Follow the link to the full report or read our key findings below.

Some Key Stats from the Self Love Index

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6 in 10 people across the globe wish they had more respect for themselves.

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Generation Z

Globally, over 4 in 10 people in Generation Z fall into the lowest self-love group.


Social Media

In the US, those using social media more than 2 hours a day are more likely to think beauty is linked to size and shape and 72% agree that they ‘often wish their body was different’. And further, 63% of these people say they often compare themselves to others.

What Personal Factors Affect Self Love?

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Denmark and Australia scored the highest on our Self Love Index with 62. The lowest was South Korea with 45. People in the US have a Self-Love Index score of 61, 8 points above the Global average score (53), with only Denmark and Australia scoring higher.

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Globally, women feel nervous, anxious and depressed more than men. The LGBTQ+ community also tends to have lower self-love than cisgender and/or heterosexual people.

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Globally, women 25 or older have higher self-love than Generation Z. Women in Generation Z are 2-3 times more likely than Baby Boomers to fall into the lowest self-love group.

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Globally, 7 in 10 people say they bounce back quickly after hard times. Self-love helps make us more resilient: those with high self-love are more likely to bounce back quickly.

What Social Factors Affect Self Love?

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Self-Esteem & Social

Frequent social media users have lower levels of self-love: Globally, nearly 1 in 3 of those who are on social more than 2 hours a day have the lowest scores on our Self Love Index, compared to only about 1 in 5 who are not on social. People agree that influencers, celebrities and models in ads are the largest contributors to low self-esteem.

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The Beauty Industry

Globally, most people believe that the beauty industry can have a negative impact on self-confidence, stemming from the use of airbrushed or photoshopped images and unrealistic claims. Younger women also view the lack of diversity in advertising as a major negative impact of the beauty industry more than older women.

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What Actions Are We Taking?

The shift to body positivity is happening, and The Body Shop is proud to have played our part by not airbrushing our photography and celebrating diverse, beautifully unique bodies in our casting. But the journey has only begun. Because self-doubt, not self-love, is still the norm.

We will use the findings in our report to review and inform our own practices, especially in our marketing and our products. We will also continue to share our learnings and the improvements we make.

Our aim is to spread 1 million acts of self-love across the globe in 1 year and drive positive change together. Over time, we are committed to breaking down the barriers to self-love in ourselves, our organization, the beauty industry, and the world.


Discover what else we learned from our global Self Love Index.