“With self-compassion, we give ourselves the same kindness and care we’d give to a good friend.” —Kristin Neff

It’s exhausting beating ourselves up over our mistakes and shortcomings. Lucky for us, Dr. Kristin Neff offers a more life-affirming alternative: self-compassion. Her research and that of others shows that a compassionate approach to our shortcomings leads to higher well-being and can even motivate us to do better.

Want to learn how to be nice to yourself and why self-compassion matters? Join us for our live book discussion on Monday, November 7, and feel free to leave a comment about the book below.

Book Discussion

When: Monday, November 7, 2016, at 7:30 pm EST
Conference Call Dial in: 323-476-3997
Conference ID: 218555#
International dial-in numbers click here.
Who should join? Anyone tired of negative self-talk; anyone who’s curious about the benefits of self-compassion; coaches and therapists.
Why join? To learn what self-compassion is, why it matters, and how we can have more of it.


(Adapted from http://self-compassion.org/self-compassion-kristin-neff/)

The relentless search for high self-esteem has become a virtual religion, and a tyrannical one at that. Our competitive culture tells us that we need to be special and above average to feel good about ourselves, but we can’t all be above average at the same time. There is always someone richer, more attractive, or more successful than we are. And even when we do manage to feel self-esteem for one golden moment, we can’t hold onto it. Our sense of self-worth bounces around like a ping-pong ball, rising and falling in lock-step with our latest success or failure.

Research from Kristin Neff and others shows that self-compassion is a better route to happiness than self-esteem, because self-compassionate people “lead healthier, more productive lives than those who are self-critical. And the feelings of security and self-worth provided by self-compassion are highly stable. Self-compassion steps in precisely when we fall down, allowing us to get up and try again.”

In this book, Dr. Neff shows readers how to heal the wounds of the past so that they can be healthier, happier, and more effective.

About: Mina Simhai

Mina Simhai earned her Certificate in Positive Psychology from the Wholebeing Institute and served as a teaching assistant for CiPP4. She teaches positive psychology at George Washington University. She is also a recovering lawyer, yoga teacher and mother. Her latest project is bringing the tools of positive psychology to lawyers and others in the DC area and across the country. Her top strengths are judgment, love of learning, curiosity, love, and appreciation of beauty. Mina is an avid reader and looks forward to launching the WBI Book Club with you.