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Be Kind: A Year of Kindness, One Week at a Time (Everyday Inspiration) Hardcover – May 5, 2020
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Each of the 52 weeks of kindness includes a dose of inspiration (a story about when a small act of kindness, an authentic personal gratitude letter that had a big impact, a Q&A, or a quote from a notable thinker); a fascinating statistic or fact about kindness that has been researched by Kindlab, the research arm of kindness.org (e.g. Kindness improves the well-being of both the giver and the receiver.); and a suggestion for an act of kindness to do in one of the following areas:
- Kindness toward those around you (service workers, colleagues, neighbors)
- Kindness to self
- Kindness with kids
- Kindness as a group
- Kindness to the environment
In support of Verizon's A Call for Kindness campaign, we are offering a limited time price reduction on the ebook of Be Kind, available for $2.99 now through July 31, 2021. You can learn, reflect, and do kind acts with the guide of the founders of Kindness.org with 100% of the net profits going to support their classroom curriculum.
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Be Kind: A Year of Kindness, One Week at a Time
How to Use This Book
Be Kind takes the three elements of our mission, to educate and inspire people to choose kindness, and lays it out in a guide for you to experience a year of kindness, week by week.
Each of the fifty-two weeks includes a relevant research finding (learn), a reflection on the impact of kindness (reflect), and a kind act suggestion (do). There are also quotes from notable thinkers scattered throughout and a notes section in the back for jotting down thoughts, ideas, and more. We designed this book to be read one week at a time. Of course, no matter how you choose to experience this book, whether you read it cover to cover or dip in and out of it when the mood strikes you, we hope you use it as a reference and a reminder of all the good out in the world and how you can help contribute to it.
Finally, we’re here to support you! If you have a question or suggestion, reach out. Join us in building a database of Recommended Kind Acts and ultimately help build a kinder world.
Through our research arm, Kindlab, we’ve evaluated hundreds of academic papers related to kindness and conducted our own original research. For this book, we also invited a variety of scientists, researchers, and thought leaders to help us paint the picture of what kindness means in today’s world. We start each week with a fact, statistic, or finding that we think is worth knowing.
Our research has found that even the smallest of kind acts can have a significant impact. These true stories, from people in our lives and the kindness.org community, demonstrate the power of kindness. They are shared as anecdotes, gratitude letters, and Q & As.
The kind act suggestions have been evaluated and tested, but they are meant to be prompts that you should feel free to iterate upon. Some acts may feel easy, while others may push you outside your comfort zone. If you get to an act that you’re unsure about or that you’re already doing regularly, adapt it to what feels right for you.
About the Author
Melissa Burmester, co-founder and chief product officer of kindness.org, loves asking questions and building teams to solve complex problems. She is an author, keynote speaker, and start-up advisor. Throughout her career, she has produced content from eight different countries, conducted countless interviews, and amassed over 160 million video views. Working closely with kindness.org's research team to study the impact of kindness, Melissa helps leverage their findings to create new programs that can be implemented in schools and workplaces. She avidly believes that kindness transcends difference. Outside of work, Melissa is passionate about volunteering at organizations focused on disaster relief, education, and ending childhood hunger. You can catch her hosting living room dance parties with her young daughter every Saturday morning.
Jaclyn Lindsey, co-founder and CEO of kindness.org, believes that kindness is humanity's greatest asset. It was this ethos that inspired her to launch kindness.org, a global non-profit building evidence-based programs for kinder classrooms, communities, and workplaces. Jaclyn has spent over a decade in the nonprofit space, where she’s helped raise more than $100 million for domestic and international missions. An author and keynote speaker, she sits on the board of Children in Conflict and is an advisor to Creative Mint and Expectful. When not whiteboarding ways to use kindness for good, Jaclyn loves adventuring around with her husband, Mancel, and son, Abel, and spending time with family, friends, or strangers around a dinner table.
- Publisher : Rock Point (May 5, 2020)
- Language : English
- Hardcover : 240 pages
- ISBN-10 : 1631066846
- ISBN-13 : 978-1631066849
- Item Weight : 1.35 pounds
- Dimensions : 7.5 x 1.05 x 7.5 inches
- Best Sellers Rank: #118,383 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)
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Reading this book made me realize how inward-focused I’ve been in this difficult time of sheltering-in-place. The book gently encouraged me to reach out to others. It doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. Be Kind reminds the reader that all acts of kindness matter - write a letter of gratitude, pay a stranger’s way, ask if you can help with anything, give a book away, reconnect with someone you haven’t seen in a while, and the easiest of them all, smile!
By Dianemarie on May 27, 2020
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