Self-love for Skeptics
Dan learned that the key to improving his relationships with everyone was to start with himself. He had long dismissed self-love as the ultimate platitude, the stuff of throw pillows and hashtags. But then he discovered the science that shows self-love can reduce anxiety, boost resiliency, and make you more available for other people. On this page, we offer you meditations, podcasts, blog posts, and talks to help you practice this skill.
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Train yourself to give high fives to your demons.
Science has shown that loving-kindness can reduce negative emotions, develop positive mindstates, and improve life satisfaction – learn how.
Dismantling Perfectionism, Accepting Yourself
Nourish yourself with some kindness and shift away from self-criticism towards accepting yourself fully, even your hardest parts.
The Inner Critic
Dan likes to say there's a voice in your head. Learn how to listen to this voice with openness and curiosity.
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Kryptonite for the Inner Critic
DAN HARRIS AND Kristin Neff
There’s a notion that is deeply ingrained in our culture that the only way to succeed -- or even to survive -- is to liberally apply an internal cattle prod. But there is research that strongly suggests that this approach simply leads to extra anxiety, and that there is a more successful approach, called self-compassion. My guest has been at the very forefront of this research. Kristin Neff has empirically demonstrated the value of self-compassion; she has shown that it doesn’t have to lead to passivity, self-absorption, or cheesiness; and, as you will hear, she has practiced what she preaches in extremely difficult circumstances in her own life.
How to Actually Do Self-Love
DAN HARRIS AND Karamo
We talk with Karamo about how to practice self-love--and why doing so is the opposite of selfish. Karamo was the first out gay Black man on reality TV when he appeared on MTV’s The Real World: Philadelphia in 2004. But then he left TV and found out he was a father. He got custody of his son, adopted his son’s half-brother, and worked for a decade as a social worker before returning to the media world. He’s now the Culture expert on Netflix’s blockbuster reboot of Queer Eye. We talk about why, for Karamo, learning to love himself started with learning to love his first name; how he overcame negative messages inside his abusive childhood home; why men struggle so much with the concept of self-love; and the areas in his own life where he struggles the most to practice what he preaches.
Liked Dan’s Talk? Check out these short micro-talks by meditation teachers and other experts who share mindfulness-based tools for self-love.
You Can't Beat The Critic
The better you know your inner critics, the more you disarm them.
Whose Inner Critic Is This, Anyway?
All of us carry judgments shaped by the prejudices of our society. Seeing them is the first step toward being free of them.
WE ARE SEEING THE TRUTH
Dr. Susan Pollak
You can't win a fight with your inner critic. But you can win a game.
TEN PERCENT WEEKLY
The Weekly is Ten Percent Happier’s newsletter featuring original essays from our teachers on happiness, meditation, and staying mindful.
Three Steps Toward Self-Compassion
It is possible, however, to cultivate more kindness for yourself, accepting yourself no matter what—even if you mess up, even if you're imperfect.
Loving-kindness meditation is deceptively simple: you focus on a person in your life and wish them well. But it can actually be a complicated meditation to integrate into your life. Read more.
The Power of Self-Compassion
As the Science Director of Stanford's Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, I know all too well that the term “self-compassion” can, at first impression, sound “soft” or idealistic. But self-compassion is anything but—it’s smart. Read more.