Compassion for ourselves and others is our birthright as humans—hardwired into our DNA and essential to our happiness. But in our fast-paced, technical savvy and hyper competitive world, it may come as no surprise that rates of narcissism have risen, while empathy levels have declined. We now find ourselves in a “cool to be cruel” culture where it’s easy to feel disillusioned and dejected in our hearts, homes, and communities. So, how can we reverse this malady of meanness and make kindness and compassion an imperative?
The Kindness Cure draws on the latest social and scientific research to reveal how the seemingly “soft skills” of kindness, cooperation, and generosity are fundamental to our survival as a species. In fact, it’s our prosocial abilities that put us at the head of the line. Blended with moving case studies and clinical anecdotes, Cousineau offers practical ways to rekindle kindness from the inside out.
We are wired to care. The very existence of our human species evolved because of an intricate physiology built for empathy, compassion, and cooperation. Yet we have an epidemic of loneliness, indifference, and cruelty, and we see these destructive trends on a daily basis in our families, schools, neighborhoods, and workplaces. This important book teaches effective skills in compassion, mindfulness, and social and emotional learning, and reveals successful social policy initiatives in empathy taking place that inform everything from family life to education to the workplace.
Kindness has the exponential power to renew relationships and transform how we think, feel, and behave in the world. Will you be a part of the revolution?
|Publisher:||New Harbinger Publications|
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About the Author
Table of ContentsForeword 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- Heart 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.