Disclosure. This post is a review of an e-book I received for free. All opinions are my own.
I have received a free e-copy of the book 100 Ways to Be Kind: Everyday Actions to Change Your Life and Save the World by bestselling author Theresa Cheung to review. You may find out more about the author on her website.
Here is the book blurb.
Acts of everyday kindness can boost your mood and immunity, lower blood pressure, ease anxiety, slow the ageing process, improve the quality of your relationships (including the one you have with yourself) and give you a sense of deep meaning and purpose.
100 Ways to be Kind is a road map of practical, simple and immediately actionable ways to be kind including how to be kinder to yourself, to others and to nature.
Theresa debunks the damaging myth that being kind is a weakness and shows that it is not anger or aggression that brings out our true inner grit, but kindness.
Science has proven that there are powerful, potentially lifesaving reasons to be kind. The kinder you are, the more likely you are to experience happiness.
Kindness is the simple and scientifically proven remedy that everyone needs to administer right now. So, if you want to harness the power of kindness to transform your life and help save the world at the same time but aren’t quite sure how – this book is for you.
This isn’t one of my usual genres to read but when I was asked to review this book, the tagline of Everyday Actions to Change Your Life and Save the World got me interested. Regular followers of my blog will be aware that I am trying to focus on sustainability and doing my best for the environment.
This book was written during the Coronavirus pandemic at a period when I saw so many people stepping up in my local community with acts of kindness. I did my bit too, volunteering to help with shopping and collecting prescriptions for those shielding.
The book starts with a long introduction followed by the science of kindness including plenty of reasons why kindness is also good for our health. Then it debunks some myths about kindness. For instance “It’s too late” or “I’m too old“. No you’re not. Look at how many millions Captain Tom Moore raised. I’m sure some of my UK readers contributed to his fundraising, just like I did myself.
We then move onto the ways to be kind, starting with 25 ways to be kinder to yourself, 15 to be kinder online, 40 to be kinder to others and 20 to be kinder to nature. I certainly gained some great ideas but also saw that some of the suggestions were things I already do daily. However I felt the book was key to helping us put kind acts into practice.
The author urges the reader to carry out at least one way to be kind every day for 100 days. It isn’t 100 days since I started reading the book but I sincerely hope the kindness remains at the front of my mind. This is the first time that I have been out distributing Christmas dinners and I would like to think that perhaps this book helped motivate me.
100 Ways to be Kind is available on Amazon in paperback, audiobook or Kindle format. A great book which you can easily dip into for a revisit.