A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You

A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You

by Cameron

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Overview

2019 IPPY Gold Medal Winner in Self Help
Kirkus Reviews Best Books of 2018
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.

Product Details

ISBN-13: 9781631524806
Publisher: She Writes Press
Publication date: 09/25/2018
Sold by: Barnes & Noble
Format: NOOK Book
Pages: 296
Sales rank: 24,442
File size: 4 MB

About the Author

Donna Cameron has spent her career working with nonprofit organizations and causes—as an executive, consultant, trainer, and volunteer. She has seen kindness in action and been awed by its power to transform. When she committed to a year of living kindly she considered herself a reasonably nice person (with occasional lapses into bitchiness), but she knew that true kindness was a step above—and over the course of that year, she learned that it takes practice, patience, and understanding . . . not to mention a sense of humor. The recipient of multiple writing awards, Cameron has published numerous articles and, in 2011, coauthored (with Kristen Leathers) One Hill, Many Voices: Stories of Hope and Healing. Raised in the San Francisco Bay Area, Donna now lives in a suburb of Seattle with her husband.

Table of Contents

Introduction: The World Gould Use More Kindness 11

The Season of Discovery

I Understanding Kindness

1 Being Nice Isn't the Same as Being Kind 17

2 If I Were Always Kind, I Wouldn't Be Doing This 22

3 The Chasm between Kindness and Unkindness 26

4 Kindness and Indifference Cannot Coexist 30

II Why Kindness Matters: Its Benefits and Power

5 Perform Two Acts of Kindness and Call Me in the Morning 35

6 Bibbidi-Bobbidi-Boo: Kindness Alleviates Social Anxiety 41

7 An Epidemic of Our Own Choosing 45

3 The Business Case for Kindness 49

III Opening Strategies for a Kind Life

9 The Power of the Pause 57

10 Kindness Means Suspending Judgment 61

11 Kindness and Keeping Score 65

12 "Kill Transform 'cm with Kindness": A Lesson from My Mother 69

13 Dancing with Discovery: Taking Time to Notice the Kindness in Your Life 73

The Season of Understanding

I Barriers to Kindness

14 When Fear Gets in the Way of Kindness 79

15 When We Don't Have Time for Kindness 84

16 I Don't Have the Patience for This! 88

17 Other Barriers to Kindness 93

II Resistance to Kindness

18 Rejecting Kindness 101

19 On the Receiving End of Kindness 105

20 It All Starts with Kindness to Self 108

21 No Kindness Is Ever Too Small 113

III Opening Our Lives to Kindness

22 Kindness and Abundance: Enough Is Enough! 119

23 Gratitude Is a Companion to Kindness 123

24 Kindness and Generosity: It's Not All about Money 129

25 Pay Attention: Kindness Requires Presence 134

26 Dancing with Understanding: Two Steps Forward, One Step Back 138

The Season of Choosing

I The Tools of Kindness

27 A Life of Kindness Requires Courage 143

28 Kindness and Curiosity 146

29 Kindness and Vulnerability 150

30 Choosing to Be For or Against 155

II Choosing Kindness

31 What Do You Want Your Legacy to Be? 161

32 Extending Kindness to All: Kindness Isn't Selective or Conditional 164

33 Oh, the Stones We Tell! 168

34 What Are You Looking For (Really)? 172

III Dealing with Unkindness

35 Big Bullies 181

36 Little Bullies: Where It All Begins 186

37 By standing … or Standing Up for Kindness? 190

38 Choosing Our Cyber-Voices and Media Companions 195

39 Dancing with Yes: Dance like No One's Watching 200

The Season of Becoming

I Challenges to Kindness

40 When My Kindness Is Your "Yuck!" 205

41 What If I Don't Feel Like Being Kind? 208

42 Being Kind to People We Don't Like 214

43 I'm Just Sayin'… Honesty Isn't Always Kind 218

44 When the Kindest Thing to Do Is … Absolutely Nothing 224

II Creating a Kinder World

45 A Transformation or an Evolution? The Five Percent Plan 231

46 What We Want Most for Our Kids 234

47 Kindness to the Earth and All Its Creatures 239

48 Strategies for Bringing Kindness into Your Life 246

III Living Kindness Every Day: Your Kindness Legacy

49 Kind Actions That Cost Nothing and Take Little Time 255

50 A Dozen Reasons to Choose Kindness 258

51 The Lessons of Kindness 262

52 The Never-Ending Dance: A Kindness Manifesto 268

Notes 273

Acknowledgments 283

About the Author 287

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