The Science of Compassion

With The Science of Compassion, acclaimed researcher and teacher Kelly McGonigal, PhD, presents a practical workshop to help you understand what makes compassion work—and how you can cultivate it in your life.

In this seven-hour training intensive, she provides invaluable tools and guidance for overcoming emotional fatigue, empathic distress, fear, anger, self-judgment, and other barriers to self-compassion, social connection, and courageous action.

This audio course is filled with cutting-edge science, inspirational stories, and research-based practices to help you build your capacity for generosity, empathy, and kindness—and become a compassionate force in the world.

Listen to two brief excerpts below.

This program is available as an automatic download from Sounds True or Audible. It is also available as a 6-CD set through Sounds True, Amazon, and other booksellers.

CE credits are available to psychologists, social workers, nurses, teachers, and other professionals through Sounds True.


The Upside of Stress

The best-selling author of The Willpower Instinct delivers a controversial and groundbreaking new book that overturns long-held beliefs about stress.

While most of us do everything we can to reduce or avoid stress, Stanford psychologist Kelly McGonigal, PhD, delivers a startling message: Stress isn’t all bad. New research shows that stress can make us stronger, smarter, and happier—if we learn how to embrace it.

Through science and stories, McGonigal teaches us how life's challenges can be a catalyst for positive action, personal growth, and compassion. The Upside of Stress is an empowering guide, revealing practical strategies for transforming anxiety into courage, isolation into connection, and adversity into meaning.


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"The Upside of Stress is a perfect how-to guide for anyone who wants to tap into the biology of courage and the psychology of thriving under pressure.”—Daniel H. Pink, author of Drive and To Sell Is Human

"McGonigal's new book is a crucial pushback against the pervasive view that stress is a buzz and body-killer best eradicated from our lives."—ELLE magazine

"If you’ve ever complained of being stressed out, you need to read this perceptive, thought-provoking book. The Upside of Stress will change the way you think—and it will change your experience of your life."—Gretchen Rubin, author of The Happiness Project

The Willpower Instinct

Based on Stanford University psychologist Kelly McGonigal's wildly popular course "The Science of Willpower," The Willpower Instinct explains the new science of self-control and how it can be harnessed to improve your health, happiness, and success.

Drawing on cutting-edge insights from psychology, behavioral economics, and neuroscience, The Willpower Instinct combines life-changing prescriptive advice and complementary exercises to help readers with reach their personal goals.

“**** out of four.” —USA Today Book Review

“A fun and readable survey of the field, bringing willpower wisdom out of the labs.” —TIME magazine

“The Willpower Instinct is a new kind of self-help book. Using science to explain the why and strategies for the how, McGonigal has created a must-read for anyone who wants to change how they live in both small and big ways.” —Book Page


Yoga for Pain Relief

In Yoga for Pain Relief, Stanford psychology instructor and prominent yoga teacher Kelly McGonigal shows readers how the wisdom of yoga and the latest skills drawn from mind-body research can relieve the physical and emotional suffering of chronic pain and illness.

Includes detailed instructions for meditation, breathing exercises, relaxation, and yoga sequences for transforming pain, cultivating mindfulness and self-compassion, and creating physical and emotional resilience.

Yoga for Pain Relief is hands-down the best guidebook written on the topic of yoga and chronic pain. It is practical, compassionate, science-based, and easy to understand.” —Canadian Pain Society

"Yoga for Pain Relief is a beautifully written, hopeful, and clear guide to a path out of pain and into a more joyful, fulfilling life." —Timothy McCall, MD, author of Yoga as Medicine