Upcoming Speaking Engagements/Workshops:
June 21, 2019 – Ernst & Young Professional Women’s Network, Boston, MA
Bringing Kindness to the WorkLife Balance
June 14, 2019 – Massachusetts Department of Developmental Services, Middleboro, MA
The Ripple Effect: How One Act Can Change Everything – Keynote: Community Awards Ceremony
Past Speaking Engagements/Workshops 2019:
- May, 3, 2019 – Milton Art Center & Ellevate Women, Boston Ma,
- Understanding Stress: Tips and Tools for Self Care: Join us on for a thoughtful discussion about understanding stress with tips and tools for self-care. Our wellness instructors and experts at the MAC will be here to give you some ideas to help you become more mindful about your own stress levels and how to administer some really valuable self-care.
April 29, 2019 – Turner Library, Randolph, MA
- Author Talk: Based on her new book, The Kindness Cure, psychologist Tara Cousineau shares some of the recent findings about the science of kindness and compassion; how we can make sustainable changes in our lives, encourage more kindness at home, school and work, and how to ignite goodwill and generosity for things we stand for in times of hardship and uncertainty. The first 10 attendees will receive a free signed copy of The Kindness Cure!
April 2, 2019 – Harvard School of Public Health, Boston, MA
Imposter Syndrome Series: Crushing Test Anxiety: Examine the roots of your test anxiety and learn tips on how to recruit your brain and your body to work in your favor during exams!
March 22, 2019 – Newton North High School; To Be Kind Day, Newton, Ma
Being a Friend to Yourself: The truth is: It does take effort to be kind and compassionate; to nurture our better selves. What we sometimes fail to realize is that being kind carries a pay off for the individual practicing it. It elevates us. It inspires us. It nourishes us. Kindness is a happiness fix, by not only triggering the reward center in our brains but by expanding our hearts. It is a mutually beneficial act. Tara is a dedicated kindness warrior offering the “why” and “how” of growing a kinder mind and more open heart through the power of practicing intentional loving kindness to oneself as well as others. Armed with respected research and a couple decades of professional experience, she makes a powerful case for extraordinary living through the practice of love and empathy, and as an agent of change, she teaches the simple steps for change-making kindness.
March 17, 2019 – Soul Space Meditation Studio, Canton MA
Being Kind to Yourself: the Power of Self-Compassion: Practices of self-compassion are now known to promote sustainable well-being, both psychologically, relationally and spiritually. Yet, being kind to oneself is not so easy, often the last on the self-care to-do list, and fraught with feelings of guilt, self-indulgence, doubt or judgement. This workshops offer several simple practices to cultivate a wise and kind voice, through “kindfulness’ meditation, reflection, and conversation.
March 3, 2019 – North East Counseling Center Directors Annual Conference Worcester, MA – Keynote Speaker
- The Space Between: The Power of Connection, Community, and Self Care: Rekindling Kindness Within and Reconnecting to the Heart of Your Work: By nature counselors are caring, kind and compassionate people. Yet, pressures on counseling centers and staff are unprecedented and growing. Counseling directors, in particular, may feel the strain of accountability given the increasing rates of suicidality and emotional pain among youth, as well as tighter budgets that negate needed training or programming. No matter how experienced or well-trained staff may be, the demands may exceed any human’s ability to cope, leading to burnout and staff turnover. Certain self-defeating patterns may emerge, including negative inner dialog of never being or doing enough. The goal of Dr. Tara’s keynote is to redirect attention to ways of increasing self-compassion and resilience, rekindling joy in your work, and setting the tone for the conference.
Past Speaking Engagements/Workshops 2018:
- December 15, 2018 – She Breathes Book Fair, Walpole, MA
- Come meet our amazing community of writers and authors at our first annual book fair & signing event. This is a great opportunity to meet a variety of authors in person, and purchase personally signed books for yourself or last minute holiday gifts. Authors will be raffling off copies of their books in support of our Winter Charity.
- December 3, 2018 – Institute of Meditation and Psychotherapy, Somerville, MA
- The Kindness Cure: Healing Your Heart and World through the Science of Compassion with Tara Cousineau, PhD: Ralph Waldo Emerson said, “Be silly. Be honest. Be kind.” Based on her new book, The Kindness Cure, psychologist Tara Cousineau shares some of the recent findings about the science of kindness and compassion; how we can make sustainable changes in our lives, encourage more kindness for clients and organizations we work with, and how to ignite goodwill and generosity for things we stand for in times of hardship and uncertainty. Most of all, you will learn how cultivating kindness brings us profound happiness and joy.
- September 29, 2018 – Technology-Assisted Meditation Symposium at Harvard University
- Join us for an experiential and collaborative day that embodies connection, discovery, and awareness. This symposium will include panel and group discussions, movement, reflection and interactive experiences related to ethics, safety, innovation, outcomes, and impact on development of children and teens.
- June 5, 2018 – Book Talk, The Kindness Cure at Milton Public Library, Milton, MA
- I’m giving my first local book talk, The Kindness Cure: How the Science of Compassion Can Heal Your Heart and Your World. It was inspired locally and blends story and science on how kindness and compassion can change us from the inside out and lead to profound joy.
Kindness has the exponential power to transform how we think, feel, and behave in the world.
Those who are familiar with my work know that I am passionate about helping individuals and organizations lead meaningful and kindful lives. As an expert in mindfulness skills, positive psychology, and mind-body medicine, I know first hand that we can change our lives through practices of kindness, gratitude, forgiveness, and serenity. And the science? It’s simply proving out ancient wisdom that loves heals. I want to share this prescription with the world. The 5 pillars of my work include:
I can be available to give presentations in colleges, organizations, businesses, and health and wellness settings. If you’re interested in booking, please contact me.
Kindness as a Prescription for Living Your Best Life
Based on my book, The Kindness Cure, I share the relevant findings about the science of kindness and compassion; how we can make sustainable changes in our lives, encourage more kindness for individuals, teams, and organizations we work with, and how to ignite goodwill and generosity for what we stand for, even in times of hardship and uncertainty. Through specific skills and daily practices, I will help you cultivate a kinder, gentler orientation to life that dissolves feelings of fear, apathy, and stress — and ultimately help you feel more connected, courageous, and inspired.
The Secret Sauce for Success: Self-Compassion for Women
In a world that reinforces success, performance and productivity, it’s easy habituate to high levels of stress and to lose a sense of self. This is especially so for women, who are adept at multitasking and taking care of others. While ambition, passion and motivation are key values in seeking goals and dreams, can they co-exist with a sense inner peace, calm, and serenity? Practices of self-compassion, courage, and “kindfulness” in daily life can offset the stress response. Learn how to strengthen your resilience, confidence and purpose with certain self-care skills, that when practiced regularly, can promote positive “neuroplasticity” and build enduring positive traits.
Creating Kinder Cultures at Work
Truth be told, kindness is a good prescription for a life well lived. Kind actions and a compassionate attitude bode well for both physically and mental health. We might try to be kinder than we think we are, especially at work. Why? For one, according to research, a majority of people are miserable at their jobs even if they say they’re happy to have one. Two, we spend over 30% of our lives working. Might as well try to enjoy it, right? Third, when we behave in kind ways, the positivity that arises then spreads to others. Moreover, new leadership models show the soft skills, like mindfulness, compassion and selflessness, make for better workplaces and more engaged, productive employees. Learn how kindness works—at work.