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The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life Paperback – October 4, 2007


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  • Paperback: 304 pages
  • Publisher: Tarcher (October 4, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 1585425885
  • ISBN-13: 978-1585425884
  • Product Dimensions: 7 x 5.3 x 0.8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (47 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #61,284 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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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

About the Author

Piero Ferrucci, a former student of and collaborator with transpersonal psychologist Roberto Assagioli, is a staff member of the Psychosynthesis Institute of Florence, Italy, and the International Federation of Medical Psychotherapy. He is the author of What We May Be, Inevitable Grace, What Our Children Teach Us and Your Inner Will (2014), among other titles. He lives in the Tuscan countryside with his wife and children.

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It's very easy to read as he puts stories in each chapter.
Mochi Ice
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.
Peter Davies
It is a wonderful book and I have given it away to several friends this Christmas.
Tasha Halpert

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49 of 50 people found the following review helpful By Hande Z on November 7, 2008
Format: Paperback
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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9 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Markku Ojanen on November 1, 2008
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By H. W. Herb on March 5, 2009
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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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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Diana on January 12, 2008
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This book was written for "any" individual regardless of class, gender, ethnicity, or religion. I eventually bought eight copies and gave them out over the holidays to a wide variety of friends and family. No matter who you are, or where you have been this little book about kindness has something good to say about ways you have already experienced goodness, if only momentarily. Intertwined with interesting short stories, you are assured to have a better prospective about why you feel good about yourself when you do the kind thing. By reading "any one chapter" of this book you will gain unforgettable and influential insight.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Shirley Warren on November 9, 2007
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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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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By Tasha Halpert on December 20, 2007
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There is something on every page of this book that will illuminate or elicit a sense of Yes! I gave it to one friend who said, "I thought what do I need this book for, I'm already kind, yet even after reading a little of it I already have several good new ideas." I keep The Power of Kindness on my coffee table for myself and for others. It is a wonderful book and I have given it away to several friends this Christmas. I think I will continue to give it on other occasions as well.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kristin on December 11, 2010
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I read this book only because my husband kept telling me it was so wonderful. We typically don't like the same books. For once we agreed... this book is incredible. It will change your perspective on life and lift your mood. If you need a brighter more realistic outlook, then this is the book for you! I am buying now in hardcover to add to my collection and more copies to give as gifts.
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10 of 12 people found the following review helpful By Peter Davies on July 29, 2008
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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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