Dr. Kristin Neff is the Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. Despite an impressive academic background, though, her education doesn’t lie solely in the sciences. During her graduate studies, she became interested in Buddhism, specifically the study of meditation and self-compassion. In her book, rightfully titled “Self-Compassion,” Dr. Neff teaches us how to love ourselves and find that self-compassion within ourselves. It includes exercises to help readers “heal destructive emotional patterns so that you can be healthier, happier, and more effective.”
While this book is great for those who have recently gone through a breakup, it can also be super helpful for people in any state of distress — whether that is dealing with parenting struggles, body image, or everyday life struggles. After reading this, you might emerge from your breakup feeling strong, clear-minded, and ready to tackle any life challenge.