By Tara Cousineau, PhD
Could the power to transform our world lie in something as simple as the act of kindness? In The Kindness Cure, Tara Cousineau draws on cutting-edge research in psychology and neuroscience to show how simple practices of kindness toward ourselves and others can dissolve fear and indifference and open us up to a profound life of happiness. According to Cousineau, compassion is hardwired into our DNA, so it is understandable that in the current environment that promotes the idea that “its cool to be cruel,” it’s inevitable that we would come to feel disillusioned and dejected in our hearts, homes and communities.
The Kindness Cure reveals that social and scientific research indicates the “soft skills” of kindness, cooperation and generosity are not just preferable to negativity, cruelty and narcissism, but actually are fundamental to our survival as a species. In the current epidemic of loneliness, indifference, and meanness, 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 illustrates how successful social policy initiatives in empathy can transform everything from family life, to education and the workplace.