Many people believe that being hard on themselves will make them better people, but research doesn't support this belief.
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Articles: Just One Thing: Accept DifficultyBy Rick Hanson | December 10, 2013
Sometimes things are difficult—and we can make it worse by telling ourselves that "things shouldn't be this way." But Rick Hanson suggests an alternative.
According to the research on failure, students may need more than just grit to succeed.
Videos and Podcasts: How Does Mindfulness Help Cultivate Self-Compassion?By Kristin Neff | October 8, 2013
Author and psychologist Kristin Neff explains how self-awareness can help us to identify and alleviate pain and distress within ourselves.
Articles: Self-Compassion for FreshmenBy Bianca Lorenz | October 8, 2013
A recent study suggests that when new college students are kind to themselves, they're less likely to suffer from homesickness.
By developing social-emotional skills, teachers can rediscover the joy of teaching.
Articles: Compassion for the TestedBy Vicki Zakrzewski | March 26, 2013
School-testing season is here—and a little compassion can go a long way in relieving the stress for all involved.
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Articles: The Healthy Way to Forgive YourselfBy Juliana Breines | August 23, 2012
Self-forgiveness is critical to well-being—but it has a dark side. Here are four steps to healthy self-forgiveness, based on recent research.
Articles: Just One Thing: Hush the Inner CriticBy Rick Hanson | August 22, 2012
Messing up is easy, says Rick Hanson. But forgiving yourself takes practice.
There is a place for painful experiences. But Rick Hanson explains how to minimize the harm they can do to our mental and physical health.
Articles: Stress and Self-CompassionBy Jeremy Adam Smith | March 28, 2012
Stress is the problem, says Robert Sapolsky. Is Kristin Neff's idea of self-compassion the solution?
Articles: The Power of Self-CompassionBy Jason Marsh | March 14, 2012
Kristin Neff discusses how self-compassion differs from self-esteem, why self-compassion can be hard for Americans, and the transformative effect it had on her own life--part of Greater Good's podcast series.
Videos and Podcasts: Kristin Neff on the Power of Self-CompassionBy The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley | March 13, 2012
The pioneering researcher and author of Self-Compassion explains why it’s OK to accept your faults and be kind to yourself.
Raising Happiness: Is Marital Bliss Sexist?By Christine Carter | March 3, 2012
A brief Q&A with myself.
Articles: Just One Thing: Make the OfferingBy Rick Hanson | February 22, 2012
The world doesn't always want our gifts. Give anyway, says Rick Hanson.
Articles: Just One Thing: Don’t Throw DartsBy Rick Hanson | December 6, 2011
Pain is inevitable but suffering is optional, explains Rick Hanson.
A new study suggests how people can heal from the end of their marriage.
Responding to another person's suffering is hard; responding to our own suffering can be harder. Rick Hanson explains how to foster self-compassion.
Articles: Why Self-Compassion Trumps Self-EsteemBy Kristin Neff | May 27, 2011
Researcher Kristin Neff reveals the benefits of going easy on yourself: less anxiety, less conflict, and more peace of mind.
New research suggests how to coach—and be coached—more effectively.
A scientific controversy about the relationship between meaning and happiness raises fundamental questions about how to live a good life.
A new study finds a biological mechanism behind “thank you"—and reveals one way that it bonds couples together.
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