Using stories, observation, humor, and summaries of expert research, Donna Cameron shares her experience committing to 365 days of practicing kindness.
Product Code: 6795
ISBN: 9781631524790
Format: Paperback / softback
Publisher: She Writes Press
Published Date: 09/25/2018
Pages: 296
Availability:In stock
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Price: $16.95

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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Contents

Introduction: The World Could Use More Kindness

THE SEASON OF DISCOVERY
I. Understanding Kindness
1. Being Nice Isn’t the Same as Being Kind
2. If I Were Always Kind, I Wouldn’t Be Doing This
3. The Chasm between Kindness and Unkindness

II. Why Kindness Matters: Its Benefits and Power
5. Perform Two Acts of Kindness and Call Me in the Morning
6. Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: Kindness Alleviates Social Anxiety
7. An Epidemic of Our Own Choosing
8. The Business Case for Kindness

III. Opening Strategies for a Kind Life
9. The Power of Pause
10. Kindness Means Suspending Judgment
11. Kindness and Keeping Score
12.Kill Transform ‘em with Kindness”: A Lesson from My Mother
13. Dancing with Discovery: Taking Time to Notice the Kindness in Your Life

THE SEASON OF UNDERSTANDING
I. Barriers to Kindness
14. When Fear Gets in the Way of Kindness
15. When We Don’t Have Time for Kindness
16. I Don’t Have the Patience for This!
17. Other Barriers to Kindness

II. Resistance to Kindness
18. Rejecting Kindness
19. On the Receiving End of Kindness
20. It All Starts with Kindness to Self
21. No Kindness Is Ever Too Small

III. Opening Our Lives to Kindness
22. Kindness and Abundance: Enough Is Enough!
23. Gratitude Is a Companion to Kindness
24. Kindness and Generosity: It’s Not All about Money
25. Pay Attention: Kindness Requires Presence
26. Dancing with Understanding: Two Steps Forward, One step Back

THE SEASON OF CHOOSING
I. The Tools of Kindness
27. A life of Kindness Requires Courage
28. Kindness and Curiosity
29. Kindness and Vulnerability
30. Choosing to Be For or Against
II. Choosing Kindness
31. What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be?
32. Extending Kindness to All: Kindness Isn’t Selective or Conditional
33. Oh, the Stories We Tell!
34. What Are You Looking For (Really)?

III. Dealing with Unkindness
35. Big Bullies
36. Little Bullies: Where It All Begins
37. Bystanding… or Standing Up for Kindness?
38. Choosing Our Cyber-Voices and Media Companions
39. Dancing with Yes: Dance like No One’s Watching

THE SEASON OF BECOMING
I. Challenges to Kindness
40. When My Kindness Is Your “Yuck!”
41. What If I Don’t Feel Like Being Kind?
42. Being Kind to People We Don’t Like
43. I’m Just Sayin’… Honesty Isn’t Always Kind
44. When the Kindest Thing to Do Is… Absolutely Nothing

II. Creating a Kinder World
45. A Transformation or an Evolution? The Five Percent Plan
46. What We Want Most for Our Kids
47. Kindness to the Earth and All Its Creatures
48. Strategies for Bringing Kindness into Your life

III. Living Kindness Every Day: Your Kindness Legacy
49. Kind Actions That Cost Nothing and Take Little Time
50. A Dozen Reasons to Choose Kindness
51. The Lessons of Kindness
52. The Never-Ending Dance: A Kindness Manifesto

Notes
Acknowledgements
About the Author

“Cameron knows how to captivate an audience; her prose is, by turns, humorous, astute, logical, eloquent, and sincere. Cameron’s anecdotes are consistently memorable, and her analysis of them is often brilliant. Overall, this well-organized book is engaging enough to read quickly but profound enough to savor slowly.” - Kirkus Reviews (starred review)

“Most people are kind, but don’t always know how to express it. In A Year of Living Kindly, Donna Cameron shares both the why and how of kindness. She’s written a wise, captivating guide for those wishing to claim the power of kindness and use it to change the world.”—Leon Logothetis, Bestselling author of The Kindness Diaries

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