The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World

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by Tara Cousineau, Stephen Post (Foreword by)



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ISBN-13: 9781626259690
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2018
Pages: 240
Sales rank: 398,464
Product dimensions: 6.00(w) x 8.00(h) x 0.60(d)

About the Author

Tara Cousineau, PhD, is a clinical psychologist, meditation teacher, well-being researcher, and social entrepreneur. She has received numerous grants from the National Institutes of Health Small Business Innovative Research program. Cousineau founded, and develops digital wellness tools for youth. She is affiliated with the Center for Mindfulness and Compassion at Cambridge Health Alliance in Somerville, MA. She is mindfulness trainer and chief science officer at Whil, a digital mindfulness company, and serves as a scientific advisor to She is dedicated to global efforts to spread kindness in both small ways and large.

Foreword writer Stephen Post, PhD, is coauthor of the bestseller, Why Good Things Happen to Good People. He has been quoted in The New York Times, Parade, O, The Oprah Magazine, U.S. News & World Report, and Psychology Today. He has also been interviewed on numerous television shows, including Nightline, The Daily Show, and Stossel. A transformative speaker and thought leader, Post has inspired thousands with medical and philosophical knowledge based on thirty years of research.

Table of Contents

Foreword vii
Introduction 1
1. Kindness Takes Effort 9
PART 1: To Be Human Is to Be Kind
2. Your Kindness Instinct 20
3. Happy to Help 25
4. Cultivating Courage 31
5. Compassionate on Purpose 37
6. Imagination’s Objects of Affection 44
7. The Kinship of Belonging to Each Other 50
PART 2: Your Caring Mind
8. Reset Your Stress 59
9. Befriending Your Senses 66
10. Emotional Paradox 72
11. The Power of a Pause 79
12. Face-to-
Connections 86
13. Hugs and High Fives 92
14. Taking in Kindness 99
PART 3: Kindfulness
15. Mindfulness with Heart 106
16. Your Loving Self 112
17. The Naturalness of Being 118
18. Radical Acceptance 124
19. Singing for Our Souls 131
20. Cherishing the Little Things 136
21. An Attitude of Gratitude 143
PART 4: Kindsight
22. Grace and Grit 150
23. Forgiveness Is a Gift to Yourself 157
24. Apologies Make for a Friendly World 163
25. Writing New Beginnings 170
26. Accepting a Helping Hand 176
27. Gifts in Kind 183
28. Networks of Generosity 190
Conclusion: Reimagining Kindness 197
Acknowledgments 203
Resources 205
Notes 206


Cousineau resides in Milton, MA.

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Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World 4.8 out of 5 based on 0 ratings. 4 reviews.
RaineB More than 1 year ago
Through a wonderful blend of relatable stories, practical and readily applicable exercises, and scientific backing of our innate ability and capacity for kindness, Dr. Tara Cousineau has woven together an encouraging book which empowers us towards acts of kindness as a balm to our own wounds and those around us. I recommend this book to anyone seeking answers to the question of "what can I do to make the world a better place".
Carolefort More than 1 year ago
Thank you to New Harbinger Publications, Raincoast Books and Net Galley for providing me with an e-galley of The Kindness Cure by Tara Cousineau in exchange for an honest review. As the author states, our world is gravely lacking in empathy, respect and common decency. We seem to have strayed away from kindness in our lives instead of kindness being natural and necessary. This book deals with scientific data and personal research that prove over and over again how important kindness is to the quality of our lives. I thought The Kindness Cure might be preachy but, on the contrary, it is an enlightening text that promotes kindness to give joy and grace to our own lives as well as to the lives of those who cross our path. Kindness shown is kindness paid forward. Indifference does not enhance anyone's life. The author takes us on a step by step path to achieving kindness for ourselves and others. I highly recommend this book, especially in these troubled times.
BlueHillsKate More than 1 year ago
“Kindness and compassion may not be the usual vocabulary of the business world, but leaders must start speaking the language of Tara Cousineau. Why? Because the research is clear that the employee engagement that drives success grows in an ecology of genuine caring and meaningful support. Tara’s book gives leaders in any organization well-researched insights into how we need to treat each other in any aspect of life — including work — to attain the levels of relationship, reciprocity and imagination required to succeed in a trying world.”
Shelly9677 More than 1 year ago
I read The Kindness Cure because I have an incredibly kind son who is confused by the number of downright unkind children his age. I agree with the author that, in general, empathy and acceptance of others has declined. This is despite all of the political correct speech of the 21st century, I might add. Bulllying and frenemies are sadly a very real part of so many children’s lives. The described psychology behind how the lack of kindness is affecting us is sound. I appreciated the inclusion of the topic of cultivating courage in the face of societal pressures and attitudes. As parents, we often neglect to see just how heavy peer pressure can be for even very young children. My only criticism with this book is that it is perhaps a tad dramatic at times. But the message of the book is powerful as is the prescribed pathway to cultivating kindness. I give it a solid 4 stars.