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Practical guide to self-compassion


Practising self-compassion means showing understanding and thinking warmly about yourself at times of suffering. Various studies have shown that cultivating this habit is good for your health and helps build mutually supportive relationships with others.

Are you kind to yourself?

As part of our Year of Mental Health (2022–2023), we have teamed up with researchers from the Swiss Centre for Affective Sciences (CISA) at the University of Geneva. We invite you to participate in the co-creation of a practical guide to self-compassion.

During your visit to the Museum, we invite you to formulate and write down good wishes for yourself. You can then post them on a large wall in our permanent exhibition.

The wishes you post on a special wall into the Museum will serve as a record of the many different ways we can be kind to ourselves. We (the CISA researchers and the Museum’s staff) will then study these messages and choose a representative sample for inclusion in a short practical guide to self-compassion, which everyone will be free to use.


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