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Making Friends with Yourself is an empirically supported 8-week program where teens will have the opportunity to incorporate mindfulness and self–compassion into their daily life. Based on the groundbreaking research of Kristin Neff and the clinical expertise of Christopher Germer, mindfulness teaches students to be present with their emotions, and self-compassion helps them respond to these emotions with greater kindness and self-care.

Through developmentally appropriate activities and meditations, teens will learn specific tools which can help them navigate the emotional ups and downs of this life stage with greater ease.

The three key components of self-compassion are self-kindness, a sense of common humanity, and mindful awareness. Kindness, the opposite of self criticism, helps teens respond to difficulty and stress by giving themselves what they need. Common humanity, the opposite of self-isolation, lets teens know that they aren't alone in their experience. Mindfulness, the opposite of self-absorption, helps teens open up to the present moment experience. Together these qualities comprise a state of warm-hearted, connected presence.

Self-compassion is a courageous attitude that stands up to harm, including the harm that students may inflict on themselves through self-criticism. Self-compassion provides emotional grit and resilience, allowing them to know how to deal with difficult emotions and experiences. Rapidly expanding research demonstrates that self-compassion is strongly associated with emotional wellbeing, less anxiety, depression and stress, maintenance of healthy habits such as exercise, and satisfying personal relationships. Preliminary studies show a 32% reduction in depression for teens who practice self-compassion. Compassion for oneself promotes kindness and compassion toward others. Participants will: 

    • Practice self-compassion in daily life
    • Understand the benefits of self-compassion
    • Motivate themselves with kindness rather than criticism
    • Handle difficult emotions with greater ease
    • Transform challenging relationships, old and new
    • Practice the art of savoring and self-appreciation