A Proven Way to Accept Yourself, Build Inner Strength, and Thrive There are more than a thousand research studies that show the benefits of treating yourself in the same supportive manner youâ€™d use with a close friend. Despite this, it is difficult for many people to show kindness to themselves. This science-based workbook is based on the authorsâ€™ eight-week Mindful Self-Compassion (MSC) program. The authors use a step-by-step approach to breaking free of impossible standards and harsh self-judgments. The upside of following their strategy is an ability to cultivate emotional well-being. The book offers guided meditations with links to audio downloads, exercises to help encode what youâ€™re learning, informal practices that can be done any time you feel overwhelmed, and stories of people who used these skills to transform their lives.