How to practice the three components of self-compassion

How to practice the three components of self-compassion

Kristin Neff does research and teaches on the topic of self-compassion. She has identified three components of self-compassion. First (she says), we need mindfulness. We need to develop that witnessing part of our minds that understands we are telling ourselves a...

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Increase your happiness with this simple gratitude practice

Increase your happiness with this simple gratitude practice

Gratitude practice increases your happiness partly because it calms your cortex – the part of your brain that thinks, perceives, and processes information and language. Neuroscientist Rick Hanson describes the structure of our brains using animal metaphors to help us...

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How to find gratitude in dark times

How to find gratitude in dark times

When everything in our lives is going the way we think it ought, we feel surrounded by blessings. It’s easy to feel grateful. In dark times, though, when our relationships are full of conflict, our bodies are failing, or the world around us is in an uproar, it’s hard...

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Begin (or return to) your gratitude practice today

Begin (or return to) your gratitude practice today

As we head toward November, it’s a good time to to update or begin a gratitude practice. There are both practical and spiritual reasons for taking time to notice our blessings. Greater Good lists many health benefits of gratitude, including increasing positive...

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