The Little Book of Self-Compassion 

Learn to be your own best friend…

Yes it is possible to make friends with who you are, no matter how much of a failure you may think you are; how many mistakes you think you’ve made or how many flaws you believe you own. Yes you can be kind, compassionate, patient and understanding to the one person you hang out with the most – you!

Discover ways to befriend your inner critic, and be happy with who you are, just as you are, no matter what you are doing or not doing. With a self-compassionate approach to your life and living, you too can embrace a kinder, more compassionate way to take great care of yourself, especially in times of struggle.

The Little Book of Self-Compassion offers a gentle and delightful introduction to self-compassion. With tender encouragement, this little book will inspire you to make friends with yourself.

Offering a warm and light-hearted approach, you can discover how to pay close attention to a friendlier voice inside and bring kindness to the most important relationship you’ll ever have, the one with yourself.

Praise for The Little Book…

Within the covers of this little book, Kathryn Lovewell has captured the healing essence of self-compassion training.  It is not a quick fix, nor is it about being soft when we need to be strong. When we learn to be self-compassionate, we become a genuinely caring and supportive companion to ourselves.  Written in a warm and inviting style, with charming illustrations, this book is a great way to begin the journey.  You may never look back!

Christopher Germer, PhD 

Co-developer, Mindful Self-Compassion training; Author, The Mindful Path to Self-Compassion; Lecturer on Psychiatry (part-time), Harvard Medical School

The book may be little, but self-compassion is a big deal. Extensive research has shown that self-compassion makes us more resilient, better able to cope and contributes to our overall well-being.  But you will only discover its benefits if you try it.  Self-compassion is a simple thing, but not so easy, and this little book is an accessible and delightful invitation into meeting yourself with more warmth, kindness and compassion, especially when you face difficulty, hardship and struggle.  Written in the warm-hearted and generous tone of its author, this little book could be your best next step on the road to befriending yourself and finding ease in your life.

Steven D.Hickman, Psy.D. 

Executive Director, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion; Founding Director, UC San Diego Center for Mindfulness; Clinical Psychologist

Kathryn Lovewell is a warm-hearted, authentic and skilfull teacher of Mindful Self-Compassion. Her gentleness and humanity really shine through in this little book, making it a truly welcoming entry point for those new to self-compassion.  I also see this book as a useful resource for those who are already on the ‘adventure’ of living a more mindful and compassionate life.  It is a welcome addition to the ground-breaking work of Drs. Germer and Neff.  Thank you Kathryn!

Tina Gibson

International Teacher Trainer and Mentor, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion; Certified MSC Teacher; Director, Adelaide Mindfulness


The Little Book of Self-Compassion

The Little Book of Self-Compassion

The Little Book of Self-Compassion

Praise for The Little Book…


How do we tame our self-critical voice and become our own best friend?  This friendly and practical guide is the ideal place to begin.  

Through engaging storytelling, Kathryn Lovewell lays out a roadmap for the self-compassion journey.  Grab a copy of this mighty little book for your sister, your mom, and your dearest friends, and embark on a life-changing adventure back to your own good heart.

Aimee Eckhardt

Communications Manager, Center for Mindful Self-Compassion; MSC Teacher, Developer of the MSC Community for Deepening Practice