Self-compassion is the ability to extend kindness and understanding to oneself in the face of perceived failures, inadequacies, or in instances of general personal suffering. This doesn’t mean feeling sorry for yourself, or being self-indulgent or weak, but simply that instead of beating yourself up for failing, you treat yourself as you would treat a friend who was facing a similar situation. In this way, self-compassion goes beyond a basic acceptance of one’s experiences to embracing oneself with warmth and understanding in the face of difficulty or distress. There is now empirical evidence that self-compassion, practiced regularly, helps train the brain away from shame and toward feelings of happiness and joy.

Cultivate Self-Compassion

Kristin Neff’s life-changing strategies can help you be kinder to yourself.

Why Women Need Fierce Self-Compassion

Compassion isn’t always soft and gentle; sometimes it means being forceful and fierce.

Self-Compassion Makes Life More Manageable

When it comes to personal development, our culture often celebrates those who are self-assured or self-confident. However, self-compassion might be a better way to approach success and personal development.

The 5 Myths Keeping You Trapped in Self-Criticism

Research proves false many of the common myths about self-compassion that keep us trapped in the prison of relentless self-criticism.

To Recover from Failure, Try Some Self-Compassion

When things go wrong in our lives, we tend to become our own worst enemy.

Why Self-Compassion Works Better Than Self-Esteem

Boosting your ego won’t make you feel better. Instead, try talking to yourself like you would your best friend.

The Transformative Effects of Mindful Self-Compassion

Leading experts on mindful self-compassion Drs. Kristin Neff and Christopher Germer share how self-kindness, recognition of our humanity, and mindfulness give us the strength to thrive.

Why Self-Compassion Is More Important Than Self-Esteem

Self-compassion can decrease depression, increase happiness and life satisfaction, and lead to better physical health.

Why Self-Compassion – Not Self-Esteem – Leads to Success

Talking about being kind to yourself may sound like something from a nursery classroom. But even cynics should care about self-compassion – especially if they want to be resilient.

The Beginner’s Guide to Practicing Self-Compassion Meditation

Many of us who want to make a positive impact on the world try to have compassion for other people. But how many of us ever think about directing that compassion toward ourselves?


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