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.

The Compassionate Mind

Compassion and particularly compassion towards oneself can have a significant impact on our well-being and mental health. Developing our sense of compassion can affect many areas of our lives, in particular our relationships with other people.

Kindfulness: Be a True Friend to Yourself—with Mindful Self-Compassion

Do you criticise yourself on a daily basis? Are you always comparing yourself to others? Kindfulness is there for you. This practical, uplifting guide combines the two hot topics of the moment: mindfulness and self-compassion.

The Full Body Yes: Change Your Work and Your World from the Inside Out

Work shouldn't be a burden that takes place outside of your “real life.” It should, and can, be a source of happiness and authentic meaning―if you work from the inside out.

The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World

It’s time for a kindness revolution.

A Fearless Heart: How the Courage to Be Compassionate Can Transform Our Lives

The Buddhist practice of mindfulness first caught on in the West when we began to understand its many practical benefits. Now Thupten Jinpa, Ph.D., introduces a practice with even greater life-changing power: compassion.

The Lost Art of Compassion: Discovering the Practice of Happiness in the Meeting of Buddhism and Psychology

Now in paperback, this practical guide to cultivating compassion delivers Buddhist and psychological insight right where we need it most—navigating the difficulties of our daily lives.

Feeling Great: The Revolutionary New Treatment for Depression and Anxiety

Feeling Great is based on 40 years of research and more than 40,000 hours treating individuals with severe mood problems. The goal is not just a rapid and complete elimination of negative feelings but the development of joy and enlightenment. In Feeling Great, Dr.

Resilient: How to Grow an Unshakable Core of Calm, Strength, and Happiness

These days it’s hard to count on the world outside. So, it’s vital to grow strengths inside like grit, gratitude, and compassion—the key to resilience, and to lasting well-being in a changing world. True resilience is much more than enduring terrible conditions.


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