Articles about compassion and self-compassion providing you with the latest insights coming out of the research into compassion.

Why Shame and Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Why Shame & Guilt Are Functional For Mental Health

Shame and guilt are two self-conscious emotions that everyone will feel several times throughout their lives. These are generally negative emotions which make people feel bad about themselves and can have negative consequences. That said, shame and guilt are important emotional components of leading a prosocial life. This article will […]

9 Self-Compassion Exercises & Worksheets for Increasing Compassion


“Love and compassion are necessities, not luxuries. Without them humanity cannot survive.” – Dalai Lama We know about the importance of love and compassion for others. As the Dalai Lama stated, humanity cannot survive without these characteristics. I’ve always loved this quote, in part because it can be taken two […]

16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

16 Compassion Focused Therapy Training Exercises and Worksheets

“Compassion is a foundation for sharing our aliveness and building a more humane world.” – Martin Lowenthal Compassion gets a lot of attention in positive psychology, and for good reason – it’s a major concern of many religious and philosophical leaders, including the Dalai Lama and Pope Francis. In addition, […]

Understanding Empathy: What is it and Why is it Important in Counseling

What is Empathy and Why is it Important in Counseling

Empathy is an emotion similar to understanding that people have varying levels of. In this piece, we will discuss the benefits of showing empathy as a therapist, as well as how to show empathy as a therapist. We will also discuss strategies for promoting empathy in people who do not […]

Active Listening: The Art of Empathetic Conversation

Julian Treasure claims that we are losing our hearing. Maybe he has a point. With personal broadcasting replacing the art of conversation, and silence becoming a scarce resource, we have forgotten how to listen. It is time to focus again and practice the skill of mindful listening. Not only because […]

Forgiveness: The Key To a Happier Future


"Forgiveness undoes our own hatred and frees us from a troubled past."- Christopher Peterson People often link forgiveness with reconciliation, according to the definition, forgiveness does not always include reconciliation or even interaction with the perpetrator. Forgiveness is defined as "a conscious, deliberate decision to release feelings of resentment or vengeance […]

18 Heart-Warming Acts of Kindness That Will Make You Cry

Anyone can make a difference. Make a stranger smile with an act of kindness. Even the smallest gesture can mean a great deal to someone in need. So, always try to do your part and help make the world a kinder place. Here are some acts of kindness that should […]