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

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

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

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


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It’s time for a kindness revolution. In The Kindness Cure, psychologist Tara Cousineau draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to show how simple practices of kindness—for ourselves, for others, and for our world—can dissolve our feelings of fear and indifference, and open us up to a life of profound happiness.

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?

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781626259690
Publisher: New Harbinger Publications
Publication date: 02/02/2018
Pages: 240
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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