Ten Books to Promote Kindness
A little kindness and compassion goes a long way.
When you reach out to a stranger—or even just an acquaintance—you can make a real difference. It’s the small things that matter most, like smiling and saying hello. When you add in kindness, those little things are even more powerful.
“Compete to win and be a good person. You don't have to choose one over the other. Just do both.” - Julie Adam
Check out these 10 books and try it - be the one to smile first at a stranger and see what happens!
The Power of Kindness: The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life (Anniversary) by Piero Ferrucci Penguin Random House - When The Power of Kindness first appeared in 2006 it thrilled and challenged readers with one audacious promise: Your acts of generosity and decency are the secret to a fuller, more satisfying life. Kindness is not some squishy virtue but the very key to your own happiness.
About the Author: Piero Ferrucci is a psychotherapist and a philosopher. He graduated from the University of Torino in 1970.
The War for Kindness: Building Empathy in a Fractured World by Jamil Zaki (6/20) Crown Publishing - Empathy is in short supply. Isolation and tribalism are rampant. We struggle to understand people who aren’t like us, but find it easy to hate them. Studies show that we are less caring than we were even thirty years ago. In 2006, Barack Obama said that the United States is suffering from an “empathy deficit.” Since then, things only seem to have gotten worse.
About the Author: Jamil Zaki is a professor of psychology at Stanford University and the director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Lab. Using tools from psychology and neuroscience, he and his colleagues examine how empathy works and how people can learn to empathize more effectively.
Fierce Self-Compassion: How Women Can Harness Kindness to Speak Up, Claim Their Power, and Thrive by Kristin Neff (6/21) Harper Collins - The author of Self-Compassion follows up her groundbreaking book with new ideas that expand our notion of self-kindness and its capacity to transform our lives, showing women how to balance tender self-acceptance with fierce action to claim their power and change the world.
About the Author: Kristin Neff is currently an Associate Professor of Educational Psychology at the University of Texas at Austin. She is a pioneer in the field of self-compassion research, conducting the first empirical studies on self-compassion almost twenty years ago.
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Imperfectly Kind: Why Kindness Is The Must-Have Superpower You Need To Lead by Julie Adam (12/21) Imperfectly Kind is an inspiring collection of Julie’s thoughts and ideas on why kindness is the must-have superpower you need to lead. Whether you are a new leader who or a seasoned executive who needs a new approach, this book will show you how to use kindness to win in business and become a better leader.
About the Author: Julie Adam is an optimist who believes leaders should aim for kindness, instead of perfection.
Anything Is Possible: Be Brave, Be Kind and Follow Your Dreams by Gareth Southgate (2/22) This book is all about growth mindset and how to achieve success, turning failures into opportunities to learn and grow stronger.
About the Author: Gareth Southgate is a name that many football lovers are very familiar with. The young generation knows him as the manager of the England national team, which is also known as "the three lions." Still, the older generation knows him beyond just being a brilliant former England national player who played as a midfielder and defender. He has great achievements as a player and a coach.
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Kind Words for Unkind Days: A Guide to Surviving and Thriving in Difficult Times by Jayne Hardy (2/22) A practical pick-me-up for life's tough days, this book is the perfect guide to help you feel happier, healthier and calmer.
We all have days where we feel like the world is getting us down. But here's the thing - you're not alone. From helping us see what strong really looks like, to what to do when you have no energy for self-care; Jayne Hardy shows us that even on our most difficult days, a little kindness can go a very long way.
About the Author: Jayne Hardy is the founder and CEO of The Blurt Foundation - a social enterprise dedicated to helping those affected by depression.
Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and ACT in Kindness by Houston Kraft (4/22) Simon & Schuster - Being kind is an essential ingredient to bring meaning to our own lives, the lives of others, and the world. Houston Kraft's debut book uses anecdotes and practical action plans to teach us deep kindness.
About the Author: Houston's job is to teach kindness. He has spoken at over 600 schools, organizations, and events across the U.S., Mexico, Canada, and Uganda. He is the Co-Founder of CharacterStrong, an organization that provides curricula and training to help teach compassion, character, and social-emotional skills in over 5,500 schools globally.
#Kindnessmatters: 50 Inspiring Stories of Empathy, Compassion and Kindness by Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education (4/22) - Penguin Books Aimed at mobilizing the world’s youth to create a positive culture of kindness, the UNESCO Mahatma Gandhi Institute of Education for Peace and Sustainable Development (MGIEP) launched the #KindnessMatters global campaign to gather proof that kindness could drive scalable, positive and sustainable change. In the process, they were met with narratives so deeply moving, it confirmed what they knew all along-that kindness wasn’t defined by lofty tales; it had always existed all around us, what we needed was to celebrate it in every moment of life because #KindnessMatters every day.
Accidental Kindness: A Doctor's Notes on Empathy by Michael Stein (10/22) UNC Press - Drawing on his work as a primary care physician and a behavioral scientist, Michael Stein artfully examines the often conflicting goals of patients and their doctors. In those differences, Stein recognizes that kindness should not be a patient's forbidden or unrealistic expectation. This book leaves us with new knowledge of and insights into what we might hope for, and what might go wrong, or right, in the most intimate clinical moments.
About the Author: Michael Stein, M.D., is award-winning author of six novels and four books of nonfiction, most recently Broke: Patients Talk About Money with Their Doctor. He is professor of health policy at the Boston University School of Public Health and executive editor of PublicHealthPost.org.
Kind Folks Finish First: The Considerate Path to Success in Business and Life by Sam Jacobs (11/22) - Kind Folks Finish First weaves practical business lessons with fresh perspectives on how you can achieve success. The ideas in this book are backed by the author's personal experience building a nearly $200-million business rooted in kindness, reciprocity, and deeply held values. More than that, they're proven principles that have helped thousands reach their goals in every arena.
About the Author: Sam Jacobs is the Founder of Pavilion, a thriving community with more than 10,000 members around the world. He is the host of the Sales Hacker podcast and a sought-after speaker at industry conferences.
Make a difference. Make someone’s day—and change yours. #BeKind
This is just a small sampling of the nonfiction titles I’ve curated on this topic. Make sure to check out the complete list HERE.
Julie Adam author website
Blurt It Out - The Blurt Foundation
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