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Today is World Mental Health Day, which is all about recognising the importance of good mental health - for ourselves and others too.

We all go through ups and downs in life, so it's vital we develop habits to keep our minds healthy. One important way to do this is being kind to ourselves as well as to others.


Self-compassion helps keep unhelpful negative thoughts at bay. It engages our 'self-soothing' system and helps us find the courage to change our behaviour and focus on what matters.

To help spread awareness of self-compassion today, we want to share with you a fantastic video, an insightful article and the opportunity to try a free taster of an online course.

Expert video: Kristen Neff
Dr Kristin Neff is one of the leading experts on self-compassion, being the first to define and measure the concept over a decade ago. 

In this talk she shares how we can make profound changes in our lives, not because we’re worthless, inadequate or selfish, but because we care about ourselves.

Article: Why self-compassion matters
This short article, by Action for Happiness supporter Karen, is packed full of useful insights about how to be kinder to ourselves.

Karen explains the difference between self-compassion and self-esteem and shares some ideas we can try out right away:

Course: The Power of Self-Compassion
The Power of Self-Compassion is an online course by world-leading experts Dr. Kristen Neff and Dr. Chris Germer.

The course has a fee to join, but the organisers have kindly gifted us access to 3 of the videos so that you can enjoy them free of charge:

And if you decide to sign up for the full course they'll also donate a portion of your fee to Action for Happiness too! 

Whatever you're doing this World Mental Health Day we hope you find time to be kind to yourself. And by doing so, you'll help to inspire others to care for themselves more too :)

Thanks for helping to create a happier and kinder world. 

Mark and the team
Action for Happiness

“Self-compassion is simply giving the same kindness to ourselves that we would give to others.” ~ Christopher Germer
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