A moment of self-compassion can change the course of your entire day. A string of such moments can change the course of your life.Christopher K. Germer
I'm reading Awakening Joy: 10 Steps That Will Put You on the Road to Real Happiness. The suggestions in this book are in line with current brain research--that it is not just what we think that matters (although it does), but what are the sensations we experience with those thoughts.
The sensations that go along with compassion--such as a warm and expansive heart--make a difference. Especially when offered to oneself.