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13 Books on How to Demonstrate Kindness

Learn how to properly be kind.

In a world where morality and manners are constantly becoming something rare to see, one way of distinguishing yourself from the rest is to properly express such characteristics to show those around you how much you care for interacting with them.

One characteristic that is often reviled and seemed with suspicion is none other than the expression of kindness, and rightly so since there’s been decades of public figures acting magnanimously for the cameras in a display of supposed selflessness only to rob you blind once you turn around.

Kindness might be under severe scrutiny these days, but once you learn how to genuinely express it from your heart, it’s game over. People are irresistibly charmed by someone with the genuine capacity for it. Learn how to become beloved by many by simply expressing them a bit of kindness by reading these books on the subject.

#1 How Kind! by Mary Murphy

How Kind! by Mary MurphyGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

I recommend this book as a simple introduction on kindness for children ages 3-7. In this picture book, Hen practices kindness by giving a gift to her friend, Pig. Pig then shows kindness to his friend, Rabbit. The book continues with each animal receiving an act of kindness and then showing kindness to others. It is a sweet and simple book that demonstrates to children that kindness begets more kindness, and that it feels good to be kind to others and to receive kindness from others.

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#2 Audrey’s Journey: Loving Kindness by Kerry Wekelo

Audrey's Journey: Loving Kindness by Kerry WekeloGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This picture book teaches the practice of lovingkindess meditation in a simple-child friendly way, through the eyes of a little girl named Audrey. Lovingkindness meditation is a well-known meditation practice where people systematically offer wishes of love and kindness first to yourself and then to other people you know, strangers, and finally the whole world. This book teaches children how to do this practice in a simple, age-appropriate way so that they begin to feel more kind and loving towards themselves and others. Children can easily repeat the wishes of love and kindness along with Audrey in the sotry. As a yoga teacher, I like to ask each child in my classes who else they want to offer lovingkindness to, and I love hearing all of their sweet responses, including wishing lovingkindness to their cat, their stuffed animals, grandparents, and friends. This book is most appropriate for children ages 3-8.

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#3 A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron

A Year of Living Kindly by Donna Cameron Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

At a time when incivility has reached epidemic proportions, many people are wondering if this is the new normal. It doesn’t have to be. Kindness is the best antidote to incivility and it’s also a prescription for greater health, happiness, and success. A YEAR OF LIVING KINDLY is an inspiring, practical guide to help readers make a commitment to kindness. It explores both the why and how of kindness-using stories, observations, research, and humor to show the benefits, barriers, and skills of kindness. The book illustrates how each of us can strengthen our kindness muscle, ultimately changing our lives . . . and maybe the world.

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#4 Kind Is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure

Kind Is the New Classy by Candace Cameron Bure Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

It’s a great book about how we should all strive to be more kind and gracious in all aspects of our lives. How we should never let others actions change who we are. Candace has managed to maintain her core beliefs and stand firm in who she is as a person despite working in a very unforgiving and often shady business. She is a great example as to why we should never compromise our morals and always strive to be kind in our dealings with others. She is an inspiration.

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#5 Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz

Searching for God in the Garbage by Bracha Goetz Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

If you are a woman who wants to have the rest of your life filled with deep and lasting pleasure, experience this very candid memoir, Searching for God in the Garbage. It’s about a Harvard-grad female searching for and finally finding meaning and great joy in life through learning how to nourish the soul with ancient wisdom and acts of kindness.

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#6 Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration by Simon Sinek

Together Is Better: A Little Book of Inspiration by Simon SinekGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Simon Sinek is a researcher, inspirational speaker and thought leader, most well-known for his “Start with Why” concept. I found this book to be refreshing and as thought-provoking as all of Mr. Sinek’s work.

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#7 Forgiveness by Sidney B. Simon

Forgiveness by Sidney B. Simon Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Sidney Simon is the self-help guru you have been overlooking for years. With over a dozen books written and decades of experience, Simon teaches readers how kindness start from within. The best part of it all is that he is such a natural storyteller which makes the journey such an enjoyable learning experience.

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#8 Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg

Lovingkindness by Sharon Salzberg Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This book is one of the first I read when I began studying Buddhism. It tells of the need for kindness for others, but more importantly, the need for kindness for us. When we bring kindness to us, it opens the door to changing our relationship with ourselves for the better, and others. it can be easy to have compassion for other, but in this society we seldom have it for ourselves. This is where unhappiness grows. Kindness is where happiness grows As a Psychotherapist I recommend this book to all my clients.

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#9 Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer Niven

Holding Up the Universe by Jennifer NivenGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

This story focuses on finding that person who sees you for who you are and loving them unconditionally despite their flaws. The book centers around Libby Strout, a girl once dubbed as America’s Fattest Teen, and Jack Masslin, the cool guy at school. When the two are put in a situation where they’re forced to spend time together, they start to feel less alone and come to appreciate each other for who they really are (despite what the world says/has said about them).

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#10 Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller

Be Kind by Pat Zietlow Miller Get this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Awesome book that shows small ways you can be kind that will really change how someone else’s life will be impacted. An important read for all children and adults alike!

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#11 We Can Be Kind by David Friedman

We Can Be Kind by David FriedmanGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

The world is changing at lightening speed, and meaningful connections are increasingly elusive. We Can Be Kind is a course in compassion from a beloved composer for Disney Films and Broadway, a Today Show regular, and a Unity Church spiritual leader. David Friedman, creator of the hit song We Can Be Kind, offers a powerful reminder of how we need to treat each other, from children to family to coworkers as well as strangers, neighbors, and those across the political aisle. Through story, meditation, and suggestions of kindness, Friedman encourages us to create new ways of building community. Using the practice of kindness, we become most fully connected, alive, and integrated.

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#12 A Pebble for Your Thoughts by Megan Murphy

A Pebble for Your Thoughts by Megan MurphyGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

It all started with a single stone on a beach in Cape Cod, and now the Kindness Rocks Project spans the globe. Founded by Megan Murphy, the Kindness Rocks Project is based on the profound truth that one kind message at the right moment can change someone’s day, their outlook, and their whole life. Through visual photos of inspirational Kindness Rocks and encouraging messages, A Pebble for Your Thoughts will inspire you in the same way that the Kindness Rocks Project has encouraged thousands of people worldwide. Learn how to cultivate compassion and connection, how to grow through hard times, and how to share kindness with others, one small pebble of kindness at a time.

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#13 Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance by Sayraphim Lothian

Guerrilla Kindness and Other Acts of Creative Resistance by Sayraphim LothianGet this book or read more reviews of it by using the links below

Craftivism is a non-violent form of activism that gives people a voice when they feel voiceless and power where they feel powerless. It is an international movement for our time, and noted Craftivism expert Sayraphim Lothian has put together the first-ever tutorial book on the subject. In Guerrilla Kindness, this master craftivist shows you how to make and use various crafts for political and protest purposes, including crafting methods like embroidery, cross stitch, knitting, stenciling, decoupage, stamping and much more. Craftivism, a growing worldwide movement, uses hand-crafted works to highlight political issues, creatively engage in activism, and encourage change in the world. Craftivists employ their works to open a space for people to be introduced to issues and to broaden the discussion surrounding them. Creative resistance has been with us for centuries around the globe, and craftivism and makers stating their mind through the medium of art is here to stay.

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Contributors to this article
Andrea Creel from Shining Kids Yoga

Donna Cameron from A Year of Living Kindly

Barb Hudson from Making It Home

Bracha Goetz from Bracha’s Books

Leigh Ann Newman from Nan’s Daily Dose of Life

Nate Masterson from NateMasterson

Cindy Owen from Balanced Wisdom

Kealia Reynolds from House Method

Brooke Van Sickle from Journey to KidLit

Brenda Knight from Mango Publishing

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Written by Zak Parker

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