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A year of living kindly : choices that will change your life and the world around you /

by Cameron, Donna [author.].
Material type: materialTypeLabelBookPublisher: Berkeley, CA : She Writes Press, 2018.Description: 287 pages ; 22 cm.ISBN: 9781631524790; 1631524798.Subject(s): Cameron, Donna | Kindness | Conduct of life | BODY, MIND & SPIRIT / Inspiration & Personal Growth | SELF-HELP / Communication & Social Skills | SELF-HELP / Personal Growth / Happiness | Wellness resources | Self-help publications
Contents:
Understanding kindness -- Why kindness matters: it's benefits and power -- Opening strategies for a kind life -- Barriers to kindness -- Resistance to kindness -- Opening our lives to kindness -- The tools of kindness -- Choosing kindness -- Dealing with unkindness -- Challenges to kindness -- Creating a kinder world -- Living kindness every day: your kindness legacy.
Summary: Being kind is something most of us do when it's easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don't feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that's also when it's most needed; that's when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profoundly change our relationships with other people and with ourselves. It can, in fact, change the world. In A Year of Living Kindly--using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research--Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, including health, wealth, longevity, improved relationships, and personal and business success. She explores what a kind life entails, and what gets in the way of it. And she provides practical and experiential suggestions for how each of us can strengthen our kindness muscle so choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. An inspiring, practical guide that can help any reader make a commitment to kindness, A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world--and how you can be part of that transformation.
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2019 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Self Help <br> Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018 <br> Being kind is something most of us do when it's easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don't feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that's also when it's most needed; that's when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profoundly change our relationships with other people and with ourselves. It can, in fact, change the world.<br> In A Year of Living Kindly--using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research--Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, including health, wealth, longevity, improved relationships, and personal and business success. She explores what a kind life entails, and what gets in the way of it. And she provides practical and experiential suggestions for how each of us can strengthen our kindness muscle so choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. An inspiring, practical guide that can help any reader make a commitment to kindness, A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world--and how you can be part of that transformation.

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Understanding kindness -- Why kindness matters: it's benefits and power -- Opening strategies for a kind life -- Barriers to kindness -- Resistance to kindness -- Opening our lives to kindness -- The tools of kindness -- Choosing kindness -- Dealing with unkindness -- Challenges to kindness -- Creating a kinder world -- Living kindness every day: your kindness legacy.

Being kind is something most of us do when it's easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don't feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that's also when it's most needed; that's when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profoundly change our relationships with other people and with ourselves. It can, in fact, change the world. In A Year of Living Kindly--using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research--Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness. She presents compelling research into the myriad benefits of kindness, including health, wealth, longevity, improved relationships, and personal and business success. She explores what a kind life entails, and what gets in the way of it. And she provides practical and experiential suggestions for how each of us can strengthen our kindness muscle so choosing a life of kindness becomes ever easier and more natural. An inspiring, practical guide that can help any reader make a commitment to kindness, A Year of Living Kindly shines a light on how we can create a better, safer, and more just world--and how you can be part of that transformation.

Table of contents provided by Syndetics

  • Introduction: The World Gould Use More Kindness (p. 11)
  • The Season of Discovery
  • I Understanding Kindness
  • 1 Being Nice Isn't the Same as Being Kind (p. 17)
  • 2 If I Were Always Kind, I Wouldn't Be Doing This (p. 22)
  • 3 The Chasm between Kindness and Unkindness (p. 26)
  • 4 Kindness and Indifference Cannot Coexist (p. 30)
  • II Why Kindness Matters: Its Benefits and Power
  • 5 Perform Two Acts of Kindness and Call Me in the Morning (p. 35)
  • 6 Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: Kindness Alleviates Social Anxiety (p. 41)
  • 7 An Epidemic of Our Own Choosing (p. 45)
  • 3 The Business Case for Kindness (p. 49)
  • III Opening Strategies for a Kind Life
  • 9 The Power of the Pause (p. 57)
  • 10 Kindness Means Suspending Judgment (p. 61)
  • 11 Kindness and Keeping Score (p. 65)
  • 12 "Kill Transform 'cm with Kindness": A Lesson from My Mother (p. 69)
  • 13 Dancing with Discovery: Taking Time to Notice the Kindness in Your Life (p. 73)
  • The Season of Understanding
  • I Barriers to Kindness
  • 14 When Fear Gets in the Way of Kindness (p. 79)
  • 15 When We Don't Have Time for Kindness (p. 84)
  • 16 I Don't Have the Patience for This! (p. 88)
  • 17 Other Barriers to Kindness (p. 93)
  • II Resistance to Kindness
  • 18 Rejecting Kindness (p. 101)
  • 19 On the Receiving End of Kindness (p. 105)
  • 20 It All Starts with Kindness to Self (p. 108)
  • 21 No Kindness Is Ever Too Small (p. 113)
  • III Opening Our Lives to Kindness
  • 22 Kindness and Abundance: Enough Is Enough! (p. 119)
  • 23 Gratitude Is a Companion to Kindness (p. 123)
  • 24 Kindness and Generosity: It's Not All about Money (p. 129)
  • 25 Pay Attention: Kindness Requires Presence (p. 134)
  • 26 Dancing with Understanding: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back (p. 138)
  • The Season of Choosing
  • I The Tools of Kindness
  • 27 A Life of Kindness Requires Courage (p. 143)
  • 28 Kindness and Curiosity (p. 146)
  • 29 Kindness and Vulnerability (p. 150)
  • 30 Choosing to Be For or Against (p. 155)
  • II Choosing Kindness
  • 31 What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be? (p. 161)
  • 32 Extending Kindness to All: Kindness Isn't Selective or Conditional (p. 164)
  • 33 Oh, the Stones We Tell! (p. 168)
  • 34 What Are You Looking For (Really)? (p. 172)
  • III Dealing with Unkindness
  • 35 Big Bullies (p. 181)
  • 36 Little Bullies: Where It All Begins (p. 186)
  • 37 By standing ... or Standing Up for Kindness? (p. 190)
  • 38 Choosing Our Cyber-Voices and Media Companions (p. 195)
  • 39 Dancing with Yes: Dance like No One's Watching (p. 200)
  • The Season of Becoming
  • I Challenges to Kindness
  • 40 When My Kindness Is Your "Yuck!" (p. 205)
  • 41 What If I Don't Feel Like Being Kind? (p. 208)
  • 42 Being Kind to People We Don't Like (p. 214)
  • 43 I'm Just Sayin'... Honesty Isn't Always Kind (p. 218)
  • 44 When the Kindest Thing to Do Is ... Absolutely Nothing (p. 224)
  • II Creating a Kinder World
  • 45 A Transformation or an Evolution? The Five Percent Plan (p. 231)
  • 46 What We Want Most for Our Kids (p. 234)
  • 47 Kindness to the Earth and All Its Creatures (p. 239)
  • 48 Strategies for Bringing Kindness into Your Life (p. 246)
  • III Living Kindness Every Day: Your Kindness Legacy
  • 49 Kind Actions That Cost Nothing and Take Little Time (p. 255)
  • 50 A Dozen Reasons to Choose Kindness (p. 258)
  • 51 The Lessons of Kindness (p. 262)
  • 52 The Never-Ending Dance: A Kindness Manifesto (p. 268)
  • Notes (p. 273)
  • Acknowledgments (p. 283)
  • About the Author (p. 287)

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