Want more love and approval from people?
The most direct way to work on this is to give yourself love and approval all day long for no reason whatsoever.
Simply say " I love you!" to yourself for hours at a time. Whatever thoughts or feelings pop up simply continue by saying "I love you!".
Go one step further and do this in front of the mirror if you really want to go for it!
If you´ll do this for a while you´ll start to feel very loving and accepting of yourself, this will then expand to the people in your life and to the world generally.
You could also release on the goal:
I love and accept myself.
Run attachments and aversions, advantages and disadvantages or likes and dislikes until you only have loving feelings for yourself.