Recommended Reads - World Kindness Day

Celebrate World Kindness Day, November 13, 2020

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.” – Jackie Chan

The Art of Being Kind

by Stefan Einhorn

Being kind in a genuine and positive way truly is an art, and it is an art that can be learned. But being kind is not always easy to put into practice, although it inevitably plays a part in our everyday actions. In all of life's dilemmas we calculate, whether consciously or subconsciously, what the consequences of our behavior-good or bad-is likely to be.

Offering both immediate and long-term solutions to readers who want to be better human beings, this unique book holds a special key to the advantages to being kind.

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Kind is the New Classy

by Candace Cameron Bure

As a woman in today's world, you know what it's like to feel pressure on all sides from clashing cultural expectations. How can you stay true to who God has uniquely created you to be in the face of the script you've been given? What's more, how can you stand your ground with grace?

The secret, she has learned, is kindness: it's classy, unexpected, even counter-cultural, and ultimately wins the day.

In Kind Is the New Classy, Candace reveals the thought patterns and practices that have empowered her to stay centered in who she is while practicing radical graciousness toward others.

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The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship

by Shaunti Feldhahn

You want to show more kindness and generosity, but sometimes you're just tired, stretched, and frustrated. Besides, would small actions make that big a difference? Feldhahn says Yes! She shows you how kindness can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. With self-assessments, day-to-day tips, a 30-day challenge, and specific kindness ideas, this book can make your toughest relationships better and your good relationships great-- starting today.

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

by Tara Cousineau

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?

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.

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The Kindness Diaries: One Man’s Quest to Ignite Goodwill and Transform Lives Around the World

by Leon Logothetis

Follow the inspirational journey of a former stockbroker who leaves his unfulfilling desk job in search of a meaningful life. He sets out from Los Angeles on a vintage motorbike, determined to circumnavigate the globe surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Again and again, he's won over by the generosity of humanity, and at each stop he finds a way to give back to these unsuspecting Good Samaritans in life-changing ways, by rebuilding their homes, paying for their schooling, and leaving behind gifts big and small. The Kindness Diaries will introduce you to a world of adventure, renew your faith in the bonds that connect people, and inspire you to accept and generate kindness in your own life.

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Kindness is Contagious

by James Fowler

It all began with an article about James Fowler and Nicholas Christakis and their research concerning the viral nature of kindness. Fowler and Christakis demonstrated that if you are kind to one person, they will be kind to four other people, and that each of those four people will be kind to four more people, and so on and so on… eventually circling back around to you again. Showing in fact that Karma may actually exist in the scientific sense.

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Love Kindness: Discover the Power of a Forgotten Christian Virtue

by Barry H. Corey

Kindness is not what we have been taught it is. It isn't a soft virtue, expressed only by sweet grandmothers or nice Boy Scouts. Kindness is neither timid nor frail. Instead, it is brave and daring, willing to be vulnerable with those with whom we disagree. It is the revolutionary way that Jesus himself called us to live. The way of selfless risks. The way of staggering hope. The way of authenticity. In this book, filled with stories from his travels around the globe, Barry shows us the forgotten way of kindness. It is a life that calls us to put ourselves at risk. A life that calls us to hope. A life of a firm center and soft edges. It is the life Christ invites us to follow, no matter what the cost.

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Radical Kindness: The Life-Changing Power of Giving and Receiving 

by Angela C. Santomero

In this essential guide and tie-in to the PBS special "The Power of Radical Kindness", the creator of Blue’s Clues and Daniel Tiger’s Neighborhood explores the importance of kindness and how it can change your life. From the true meaning of self-care and the gift of vulnerability, to the importance of active listening or the magic of asking for help, Radical Kindness goes beyond The Golden Rule and entreaties to "be nice," contending that kindness is the key to recognizing others, and ourselves, as worthy of love and understanding. Much like gratitude, Angela contends we need a kindness practice in which we learn to see with our hearts and act from a place of compassion through which we can transform ourselves, our neighborhood, and our world for the better.

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Self-Compassion: The Proven Power of Being Kind to Yourself

by Kristin Neff

The relentless pursuit of high self-esteem has become a virtual religion-and a tyrannical one at that. Our ultracompetitive culture tells us we need to be constantly above average to feel good about ourselves, but there is always someone more attractive, successful, or intelligent than we are.

This book demonstrates why it's so important to be self-compassionate and give yourself the same caring support you'd give to a good friend and will show you how to let go of debilitating self-criticism and finally learn to be kind to yourself. Using solid empirical research, personal stories, practical exercises, and humor, Dr. Neff explains how to heal destructive emotional patterns so that you can be healthier, happier, and more effective.

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Your Next 24 Hours: One Day of Kindness Can Change Everything

by Hal Donaldson

If asked, who among us wouldn't say we were kind people? But kindness is often manifested in feelings of pity or sympathy--especially when others are watching--rather than in deeds. And when it comes down to it, what good does mere feeling do for the world? Your Next 24 Hours is about something much bigger--a lifestyle of kindness, without thought of reciprocation, extended toward every person in our lives, both friend and foe. Through powerful true stories of kindness lived out, this book shows readers the enormous difference they can make through small, doable acts of kindness in their families, communities, workplaces, schools, and churches.

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