Compassion meditation, often called “Metta” or “Lovingkindness” meditation is a key element in living a contented life. Practicing this meditation increases your ability to be compassionate to yourself, a soft gentle feeling that turns inward and can start to decrease the volume of negative or critical thoughts. This can bring a sense of ease into your daily life, making it easier to choose habits and thoughts that cultivate happiness. This is the short practice, with a time of 9 minutes. You can listen to a sample here.