Self-compassion means being kind to yourself when confronted by your shortcomings and struggles. According to Kristen Neff, Researcher, the fundamentals of self-compassion consist of self-kindness, common humanity (acknowledgement that we are not alone) and mindfulness. Recent studies have been investigating self-compassion in adolescents and last year, this particular topic was discussed with high school teachers in Ottawa at an event for students preparing to transition to post-secondary. The topic sparked a dialogue which led to a discussion on the need for adolescents to build resilience when faced with adversity. If you are interested in reading more about self-compassion and teens, read this article published by the Greater Good – The Science of a Meaningful Life.