18-13 Segment 2: Practicing Kindness

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Everyday, the news seems to present us with more and more bad news which can be discouraging, and often affect our outlook on the world. But, these daily occurrences do not have to influence us as much as they do. Tara Cousineau, clinical psychologist and author of The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World, explains that if people can learn to counteract the predisposed negativity around them by being more thoughtful and less judgmental, they may experience more kindness in their lives. Yet, many people have a difficult time doing this because it is often difficult to unlearn behaviors.

However, there is hope for people who are willing to practice being more kind. Cousineau explains a tool she calls “kindfulness,” which people can use to fight back against the abundance of negativity in the world. Kindfulness involves an individual learning how to accept the world around them, practice controlling their stress response, and pausing life. She also explains the importance of being kind toward oneself because that can influence a person to have more positive interactions with others. Many of Cousineau’s techniques focus on being more attentive to the positive events rather than the negative ones.

In order to learn more about bringing kindness to the world, listen to Cousineau on this week’s episode and check out her book, The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World.

Guest:

  • Tara Cousineau, clinical psychologist and author of The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World

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