Jennifer Louden

Jen Louden is a personal growth pioneer who help launch the self-care movement with her first book, The Woman's Comfort Book. She's the author of five more books on well-being and personal wisdom that have inspired more than a million women in 9 languages. Jen has been a national columnist, a radio show host, a spokeswoman for companies like Real Networks and SC Johnson, and sat on Oprah's couch. She mentors creative people who want to change the world to get to it. She believes self-love + world-love = wholeness for all. She's currently writing two books and maintains a popular blog at and teaches retreats throughout the country. 

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2 Simple Ways to Befriend Yourself

When I ponder the one thing we each need to be daringly alive, I always come back to befriending ourselves. It’s the foundation for everything – relationships, creative expression, bringing our gifts to the world, everything. You can still accomplish huge feats and make piles of money and inspire millions without befriending yourself but you won’t enjoy much of it. You’ll be like a dog with her nose pressed against the glass. On the other side is peace and fulfillment and lots of good Frisbee throws. You can see it, you can hear it, but you can’t quite feel it…. Read more.

I define comfort as self-acceptance. When we finally learn that self-care begins and ends with ourselves, we no longer demand sustenance and happiness from others.