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Kindness to oneself

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By Natasha Devon MBEI think most people would agree on the importance of being kind to others. We’ve all seen small acts of generosity and thoughtfulness which have huge impacts on their recipients.

Plus, studies show when we do good deeds it doesn’t just benefit the person for whom the deed is done – the deed doer also receives a dose of feel-good endorphins, which help restore brain chemistry and induce a so-called ‘helper’s high’.

But what about the kindness we show towards ourselves? In 2018 I read a book which changed my perspective on many things. The Kindness Method by Shahroo Izadi argues that if we want to examine our lives and change our habits, the first step is to do so with the same compassion and patience we would if we were

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