Good Morning, I Love You: Mindfulness and Self-Compassion Practices to Rewire Your Brain for Calm, Clarity, and Joy (Hardcover)
Discover the Transformative Effects of Being Kind to Yourself
“This brilliant book offers us both the science and practice of how self-kindness is the secret sauce of fulfillment, transformation, and joy.” —Lorin Roche, meditation teacher and author of The Radiance Sutras
Many of us yearn to feel a greater sense of inner calm, ease, joy, and purpose. We have tried meditation and found it too difficult. We judge ourselves for being no good at emptying our minds (as if one ever could) or compare ourselves with yogis who seem to have it all together. We live in a steady state of “not good enough.” It does not have to be this way.
In Good Morning, I Love You, Dr. Shauna Shapiro brings alive the brain science behind why we feel the way we do—about ourselves, each other, and the world—and explains why we get stuck in thinking that doesn’t serve us. It turns out that we are hardwired to be self-critical and negative! And this negativity is constantly undermining our experience of life.
“It is never too late to rewire your brain for positivity—for calm, clarity, and joy,” writes Dr. Shapiro. “I know this is possible because I experienced it. Best of all, you can begin wherever you are.” In short, lively chapters laced with science, wisdom, and story, Shapiro, one of the leading scientists studying the effects of mindfulness on the brain, shows us that acting with kindness and compassion toward ourselves is the key.
With her roadmap to guide you, including her signature “Good Morning, I Love You” practice, in which you deliberately greet yourself each day with these simple words, you can change your brain’s circuitry and steady yourself in feelings of deep calm, clarity, and joy. For good.
About the Author
Shauna Shapiro, PhD, is a clinical psychologist and an internationally recognized expert in mindfulness and self-compassion. She is a widely published scholar, and her TEDx Talk on this topic has been viewed over 2.5 million times. She is a professor at Santa Clara University. Dr. Shapiro has published over 150 journal articles and coauthored two previous books, The Art and Science of Mindfulness and Mindful Discipline. Her work has been featured in the Wall Street Journal, Mashable, Wired, USA Today, Dr. Oz, the Huffington Post, Yoga Journal, and the American Psychologist. Dr. Shapiro has been an invited speaker for the King of Thailand, the Danish government, Bhutan’s Gross National Happiness Summit, and the World Council for Psychotherapy, as well as for Fortune 100 Companies including Google, Cisco Systems, Proctor & Gamble, LinkedIn, and Genentech. Dr. Shapiro is a summa cum laude graduate of Duke University and a fellow of the Mind & Life Institute, cofounded by the Dalai Lama. Dr. Shapiro lives in the San Francisco Bay Area and can be found at drshaunashapiro.com.
Daniel J. Siegel, MD, currently serves as the director of the Mindsight Institute and co-director of the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center. A graduate of Harvard Medical School, Dr. Siegel is the author of The Mindful Brain and Parenting from the Inside Out. His internationally acclaimed bestselling text, The Developing Mind, has been utilized by a number of organizations including the U.S. Department of Justice, the Vatican, and more. Dr. Siegel is the founding editor of the Norton Series on Interpersonal Neurobiology.
“…A well-researched, emotionally focused guide to mindfulness, meditation, and self-care. . . Marrying self-help concepts and meditative practices grounded in scientific research, Shapiro’s comprehensive, persuasive catalogue of mindfulness techniques will appeal to secular and spiritual readers alike.”
“Dr. Shapiro beautifully presents the science that proves we have the power to change the physical architecture of our brain, and most importantly, she gives us the tools to do so. Good Morning, I Love You is destined to be a classic in the field of mindfulness, self-compassion and beyond.” —James R. Doty, MD, Professor of Neurosurgery and Director of the Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education (CCARE) at Stanford University School of Medicine
“A beautifully written, inspiring, yet highly practical book on how to cultivate mindfulness and self-compassion. Equal parts wisdom, science, and personal story, it will surely transform the lives of those who read it.”
—Kristin Neff, PhD, co-author of The Mindful Self-Compassion Workbook
“Shauna Shapiro offers us the gift of a well-proven path to peace and joy in our lives.” —Daniel Goleman, author of Emotional Intelligence
“Dr. Shapiro is one of the most thoughtful, dedicated, and articulate scientists in the field of mindfulness and compassion. Drawing on her decades of personal practice and research, she has written a practical manual that can help you attain greater clarity, calm, and joy.” —Andrew Weil, MD, author of Spontaneous Happiness and Eight Weeks to Optimum Health
“A lovely invitation to live with mindfulness and compassion. Dr. Shapiro brings together practical training, neuroscience research and a big heart to show the path to a wise, loving and gracious way of being.” —Jack Kornfield, author of A Path with Heart
“A beautiful and wise book that opens the path of love and understanding through realizing mindfulness in our everyday lives.” —Rev. Joan Jiko Halifax, author and abbot, Upaya Zen Center
“Shauna Shapiro reminds us that self-compassion is essential for our healing and freedom and offers a lucid, loving, and wise guide for navigating the path.” —Tara Brach, PhD, author of Radical Acceptance and Radical Compassion
“The perfect combination of inspiration, science, heart, and practical tools. From a world-class authority on mindfulness and compassion, this book is simply brilliant. Reading it feels like a dear wise friend greeting you with the words of its title!” —Rick Hanson, PhD, New York Times bestselling author of Buddha’s Brain: The Practical Neuroscience of Happiness, Love, and Wisdom
“In this exhilarating and moving synthesis of clinical experience, science, story, and practice, Shauna Shapiro will take you on a journey to acceptance and joy. It is an absolutely fresh and insightful take on mindfulness and its many extensions. It will change how you look at the world and how you feel about your life.” —Dacher Keltner, PhD, founder and faculty director at The Greater Good Science Center at UC Berkeley and author of Born to Be Good and The Power Paradox
“Good Morning, I Love You might be the single most important mindfulness book I’ve ever read. Why? Because we all want to be happier. We all want to love ourselves more. But very few books tell you exactly how to do it. Shauna has created a roadmap. The perfect mix of science, stories, practices, and wisdom with one goal: to help you love yourself and your life—even when things get messy. Run (don’t walk!) toward this book and read it now. Read it with your whole heart. The practices will change your life.” —Justin Michael Williams, author of Stay Woke
“Dr. Shapiro is one of the most thoughtful, eloquent, and dedicated scientists in the field of mindfulness and compassion. Her decades of personal practice combined with scientific study make this book a true gem.” —Chip Conley, hospitality entrepreneur and bestselling author of Wisdom at Work
“Long a leading advocate and practitioner of meditation, Dr. Shauna Shapiro gives us an indispensable guide to mindfulness, through the portals of curiosity, kindness, and compassion toward self and, inevitably, toward others. A beautiful book.” —Gabor Maté, MD, author of In the Realm of Hungry Ghosts: Close Encounters with Addiction
“Shauna Shapiro’s simple yet profound practices encourage us to hold ourselves—our whole selves—with love and kindness. I’m deeply touched by her work.” —Eileen Fisher, founder and co-CEO of EILEEN FISHER, Inc.
“Shauna combines decades of personal meditation practice with years of rigorous scientific study, making her specially qualified to bring the miracle of mindfulness alive for you through this simple yet powerful book.” —Shinzen Young, author of The Science of Enlightenment
“What a tour de force! This is one of the most engaging and powerful books I’ve read on how to lead our best lives. Impressive, important and profound.” —James R. Doty, MD, founder and director, Center for Compassion and Altruism Research and Education, Stanford University School of Medicine, and New York Times bestselling author of Into the Magic Shop
“Radically transformative—a beam of bright light in the darkness. Highly recommended!” — Dean Ornish, MD, and Anne Ornish, New York Times bestselling authors of Undo It!
“In Good Morning, I Love You, mindfulness expert and professor Dr. Shauna Shapiro makes a compelling case for how we can thrive personally and succeed professionally not by beating ourselves up, but instead by extending compassion toward ourselves. Deeply insightful, rich in practical instruction, and backed by cutting-edge science, this book will transform your life.” —Miranda Macpherson, spiritual teacher and author of The Way of Grace
“Shauna Shapiro has written an excellent book! Filled with personal stories and compelling neuroscience research, Good Morning, I Love You explains in an engaging, user-friendly style how mindfulness and self-compassion work and why they’re so good for you. Highly recommended!” –James Baraz, co-author of Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness and co-founder of Spirit Rock Meditation Center
“Her depth of personal practice and commitment to clear and accessible mindfulness instructions compel us all to follow Dr. Shapiro as our trusted guide in the roadmap of transformation she deftly provides in this book.” –Amishi Jha, PhD, neuroscientist and researcher
“The one book on mindfulness you must read. A deeply wise, fresh, and brilliant guide to how mindfulness and self-compassion can help heal ourselves and our world.” —Kristine Carlson, co-author of the bestselling Don’t Sweat the Small Stuff books
“In an age of anxiety, we need new manuals for addressing the fractures in our psyche. In Good Morning, I Love You, Dr. Shapiro weaves together decades of scientific study, personal stories, and powerful practices to fill our minds and hearts with actionable insights.” —Jason Silva, filmmaker, futurist
“So many of us chide ourselves for not being more perfect or mistakenly believe that self-judgment will help us improve, make us better. Dr Shapiro busts this whole mindset. Her pioneering work in mindfulness offers us both the science and practice of how self-kindness is the secret sauce of fulfillment, transformation, and joy.” —Lorin Roche, author of The Radiance Sutras
“A deeply wise yet practical manual on how mindfulness and self-compassion can heal us and the world. Dr. Shapiro’s writing provides readers with the science behind why our inner criticism exacerbates our suffering, as well as the practical means for developing our capacity for self-compassion in order to ease this suffering. Her clarity and wisdom shine through in this beautiful work, from which we can all benefit.” —Mark Coleman, author of From Suffering to Peace
“What would you get if you took a brilliant academic who had done two decades of pioneering research and dedicated personal practice of meditation and asked her to distill the wisdom she had gleaned into her most helpful gift to the world? Well, you would get this beautiful, wise, loving book offering us ways to live with greater contentment, compassion, and joy.” —Roger Walsh MD, PhD, DHL, University of California Medical School, author of Essential Spirituality: The Seven Central Practices to Awaken Heart and Mind
“The singular insight that mindfulness flourishes when we attend with curiosity and kindness drives this personally compelling account and tethers it to cutting-edge science. What a gift to those in search of greater presence and ease.” —Zindel Segal, PhD, author of Mindfulness-Based Cognitive Therapy for Depression
“A wise, approachable, yet practical book of how mindfulness and self-compassion can increase your happiness and transform your life.” —Sonja Lyubomirsky, distinguished professor of psychology, University of California, Riverside, and author of The How of Happiness
“What a perfect way to jumpstart or restart your mindfulness journey. Carry this book with you and gift it to those who need it.” —Wallace J. Nichols, PhD, marine biologist and author of Blue Mind
“Shauna Shapiro combines the rigor of science, the beauty of art, and the wisdom of practice in this informative and deeply inspiring book.” —Scott Schutte, senior vice president, LinkedIn
“This is a wonderful book, written with compelling clarity and warmth. Known internationally for her outstanding contribution to research and clinical work, Shauna Shapiro is one of those rare clinician-scientists who contribute not only new methods but also deeper understandings of mind—its challenges and its potential.” —Mark Williams, DPhil, emeritus professor of clinical psychology, University of Oxford
“A beautiful, science-based love letter that is destined to be not only your next go-to bedside table resource for inspiration but the next classic in the field of mindfulness.” —Cassandra Vieten, PhD, president, Institute of Noetic Sciences, visiting scholar, University of California, San Diego
“I love this book! The practices outlined by Professor Shapiro have been the most helpful things in my struggles with PTSD and stress in general.” —Jason Gardner, retired SEAL master chief
“As comprehensive and deeply human a guide as you will find to incorporating science-based mindfulness and compassion practices into your everyday life.” —Richard Fernandez, PhD, CEO of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute