Kristin Neff Ph.D. in Huffington Post
From her book Self Compassion: Stop Beating Yourself Up and Leave Insecurity Behind
“In my work I have defined self-compassion as having three main interacting components: self-kindness, a sense of common humanity and mindfulness. Self-kindness refers to the tendency to be caring and understanding with oneself rather than being harshly critical or judgmental.”
“For the past decade or so I’ve been conducting research on self-compassion and have found that people who are compassionate to themselves are much less likely to be depressed, anxious and stressed and are much more likely to be happy, resilient and optimistic about their future. In short, they have better mental health.
The power of self-compassion is not just an idea; it’s very real and actually manifests in our bodies. When we soothe our own pain, we are tapping into the mammalian care-giving system…”
Read the full article here: Kristin Neff: The Chemicals of Care: How Self-Compassion Manifests in Our Bodies.