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Kindness is synonymous with mental health," writes Ferrucci, whose belief that kindness benefits both the giver and the receiver informs this study. Honesty, forgiveness, trust and humility are among the qualities that make up kindness. Italian psychotherapist Ferrucci (What Our Children Teach Us), who writes in a soothing, humane manner, studied with psychiatrist Roberto Assagiolli, founder of psychosynthesis, a school that focuses on spiritual growth and positive qualities such as faith and joy. Laced with stories from religion and philosophy, anecdotes from patients and personal experience, the book explores how Ferrucci's ideas can be applied to everyday life. In "Forgiveness," he describes how a Holocaust survivor was able to forgive those who murdered his family and explains that forgiveness is the only remedy for unspeakable suffering. In the section on service, he suggests small ways one can benefit the lives of others, such as telling a joke to lift a friend's spirits or offering to make dinner for someone who needs time to rest. Ferrucci offers a fine reminder of how good, and how easy, it is to be kind. (Aug.)
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"A book after my own heart!"
—His Holiness the Dalai Lama

"When all is said and done, it all comes down to kindness. This book says it all and should become a classic. Highly and enthusiastically recommended to all."
—Richard Carlson, author of Don't Sweat the Small Stuff

"If ever there was a time in the world that we could use this book, it is now."
—Cliff Johnson, Science of Mind magazine


"Lovely... There is much to be learned and valued in its pages."
—Kathryn L. Norsworthy, PsychCRITIQUES: American Psychological Asdsociation Review of Books
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Product Details

  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: TarcherPerigee (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425884
  • Product Dimensions: 5 x 0.8 x 7.1 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #46,971 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

More About the Author

Piero Ferrucci is a psychotherapist and philosopher. He has been a student and collaborator of Roberto Assagioli, the founder of psychosynthesis. He is the author of What We May Be, Inevitable Grace, What Our Children Teach Us, The Power of Kindness, Beauty and the Soul; the co-author, with Laura Huxley, of The Child of Your Dreams; and the editor of The Human Situation, a book of Aldous Huxley's lectures. He lives near Florence with his wife and two sons.

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This is a long homily about the goodness of being nice. It is a simple down-to-earth book about qualities that are associated with nice people - honesty, warmth, forgiveness, trust, humility, patience, generosity, gratitude, respect, loyalty, empathy, and service. Each chapter is filled with short stories, some just a paragraph long. Even though the author occasionally retold stories that involved God to demonstrate the importance of being kind-hearted, his God was a universal god, not a specific, personal god. The central theme was the kind hearted man. The rest were illustrations. This book will, I suspect, be particularly useful to nice, kindly people who had been distracted by the cares of the world and momentarily forgotten their true, kind selves. This book will serve as a reminder to them. It may also inspire those who wish to re-examine our lives without having to join an organised religion, or a philosophers' club.
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This is an amazing little book. I have read 12-15 books about happiness by the most recognized authors (Seligman, Haidt etc.), but this is the the best one. I fully agree with all the other positive reviews. Of course, this book is basically about kindness, but it shows that everything good is related to it. And then, everything good is related to happiness. I particularly like the style of Ferrucci, it is modest without boasting and great promises. He also respects the findings of religions and does not pretend to invent the wheel again. Thanks, Piero Ferrucci!
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By Kathy on November 9, 2006
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The Power of Kindness is a very thought- provoking book. The cover reads, "The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life". Something to make one think. I expect to read this book many times and find something new each time. I loved it.
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A truely beautiful book that I will read over and over. The book reads with ease and reminds the reader of the beauty of kindness and compassion.
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This is an excellent book. I purchased three books on the same topic at the same time. The other two books turned out to be garbage. This book, on the other hand, was as good as they come. The writing was excellent and easy to follow. The points that the author made were absolutely dead on point. If you want to know about the power of kindness, or even just want a chance to look at a great way to live your life, this is the book!
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The fact that you have looked up this book and are reading the reviews is an excellent sign that you are ready for this book. My challenge is to share my feeling that this is a "wonderful" and "you must read this" book without sounding like another boring cliche. So how can I say this without saying it?
For me, this book came into my life at just the right time and the right place. It is not a book that just tells you what you already know i.e. that kindness is a good thing and can be fun. However it does remind you of what you already know, but it is written in a way that you feel you are with the author in person and engaged in a deeply meaningful and heart-warming conversation. The feeling is one of peace and a sense of naturalness that "of course this way is so obvious" - no effort, no pushing anything, but just allowing what is within us all to gently emerge from under the layers of life that strangle us all.
If I am not explaining myself well, ignore the above and just go and buy the book - it's wonderful and a "must read."
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There is a Japanese word "yasashii" (kind) and I have been looking for its equivalent in English for the longest time because it represents so much of the whole Japanese culture we see and feel. Finally, the search is over. The author spells out what kindness is in 18 different components. I have read the book twice already, and still feel like going back to read it again and again.

I am a student in counseling field and always interested in positive psychology. I think this book is a great combination of traditional psychology, positive psychology and spirituality, which all makes sense in itself. As you can see from the reference list he has at the end of the book, all chapters are drawn from recently clinical research as well as the abundance of his life experience.

It's very easy to read as he puts stories in each chapter. It's rich in teaching, experience and inspiration.
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A beautiful reminder of the importance of kindness. This book will stay in my library as a permanent fixture for sure!
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