Responding to another person’s suffering is hard; responding to our own suffering can be harder. Rick Hanson explains how to foster self-compassion.
You can also have compassion for yourself. Self-compassion is not the same as self-pity. You’re simply recognizing that “this is tough, this hurts,” and bringing the same warm-hearted response that you would bring to any dear friend grappling with the same pain, upset, or challenge as you.
Studies have shown that self-compassion has many benefits, including:
By Rick Hanson