A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You

A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You

Being kind is something most of us do when it’s easy and when it suits us. Being kind when we don’t feel like it, or when all of our buttons are being pushed, is hard. But that’s also when it’s most needed; that’s when it can defuse anger and even violence, when it can restore civility in our personal and virtual interactions. Kindness has the power to profoundly change...

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Title:A Year of Living Kindly: Choices That Will Change Your Life and the World Around You
Author:Donna Cameron
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  • Laurie Buchanan

    It's irrefutable that being kind—on purpose—improves health and wellness. With fifty-two delicious, bite-sized chapters containing actionable examples that help readers weave intentional kindness into their daily lives, you can be sure A YEAR OF LIVING KINDLY is a book I'll prescribe to my clients.

  • Sarah

    This book is informative, encouraging, and

    challenging. It left me feeling inspired. I like how this book is organized. I'm paraphrasing the author's description by saying that the short chapters, which I would refer to as reflections, are organized by four seasons (Discovery, Understanding, Choosing, Becoming). Each chapter ends with "Kindness in Action" ideas and occasional "Check In" chapters help you set kindness goals.

    I received an ARC from NetGalley.

  • Evelina | AvalinahsBooks

    UPDATE: I now have a full post on this book and how to be more kind! Please find it here:

    I know I'll be talking about

    more properly in a bigger post at some point, but since it's been recently published, I just want to mention it at least in short now. This book talks about how, despite popular belief, kindness shouldn't be considered a weakness, but rather a strength, and that it is more likely to bring you success in life rather

    UPDATE: I now have a full post on this book and how to be more kind! Please find it here:

    I know I'll be talking about

    more properly in a bigger post at some point, but since it's been recently published, I just want to mention it at least in short now. This book talks about how, despite popular belief, kindness shouldn't be considered a weakness, but rather a strength, and that it is more likely to bring you success in life rather than get you trampled on.

    is comprised out of separate topic chapters, at the end of which you will find actionable insights on what things you should focus on in your own day to day life to help you strive to be more kind. It also explains in detail just WHY kindness is WORTH IT, and why you should try to be more kind, and I mean truly kind to others – not just nice.

    and especially OUTSIDE the religious context

  • Cheryl Suchors

    I could tell you this book is well-written; I could tell you the author is thorough yet not at all preachy; I could tell you that you’ll be as engaged with the author, as a person on a quest, as you are with the material she explores. I could promise you, you’ll learn things (like the difference between being “nice” and being “kind”) which after all is one of the best reasons to read. But what I really should tell you is that this book changed me.

    I think about what Cameron says about being kind

    I could tell you this book is well-written; I could tell you the author is thorough yet not at all preachy; I could tell you that you’ll be as engaged with the author, as a person on a quest, as you are with the material she explores. I could promise you, you’ll learn things (like the difference between being “nice” and being “kind”) which after all is one of the best reasons to read. But what I really should tell you is that this book changed me.

    I think about what Cameron says about being kind when it’s not at all convenient when I’m driving. I hear her crystalline, clear voice and feel her keen heart when I’m about to criticize someone harshly, and I zip it. Don’t get me wrong; I’m still pretty critical and judgey. But I’m learning, and trying. Because of this book.

    Do yourself and those around you a favor and read “A Year of Living Kindly.” You will be so happy you did. A must read, especially in these times!

  • Angelle Barbazon

    Donna Cameron couldn't have released "A Year of Living Kindly" at a better time. There's an abundance of turmoil in the world right now -- socially, politically, culturally -- and after reading her book, I'm convinced that a little kindness could go a long way. It sounds simple, doesn't it? But if you think about it, living a kind life and demonstrating kindness is a lot more challenging that you may realize. And it's more than just being "nice." Yes, there's a difference! "A Year of Living

    Donna Cameron couldn't have released "A Year of Living Kindly" at a better time. There's an abundance of turmoil in the world right now -- socially, politically, culturally -- and after reading her book, I'm convinced that a little kindness could go a long way. It sounds simple, doesn't it? But if you think about it, living a kind life and demonstrating kindness is a lot more challenging that you may realize. And it's more than just being "nice." Yes, there's a difference! "A Year of Living Kindly" is insightful, eye-opening and most of all, uplifting.

  • Mary

    Keep A Year of Living Kindly by your bedside or in your bathroom -- somewhere you are likely to browse often – so that its gentle wisdom can seep into your daily activities. Donna Cameron’s book is like a melody that sings softly to you about what we can all do to make our own lives and relationships more beautiful and fruitful, and in the process create a more peaceful world. Suffused with revealing and often amusing personal examples, you can feel that the author has taken her own words to

    Keep A Year of Living Kindly by your bedside or in your bathroom -- somewhere you are likely to browse often – so that its gentle wisdom can seep into your daily activities. Donna Cameron’s book is like a melody that sings softly to you about what we can all do to make our own lives and relationships more beautiful and fruitful, and in the process create a more peaceful world. Suffused with revealing and often amusing personal examples, you can feel that the author has taken her own words to heart and lived them out. The book is full of practical advice as well as more philosophical reflections on why kindness matters and what it looks like. You’ll find quotable quotes throughout. One of my favorites is “We can’t live a life of kindness toward others if we aren’t kind to ourselves.” Don’t try to take this wise book down in one dose. It’s more like vitamins that need to be taken every day, and you’ll be glad you did. So will everyone around you, if you take the book to heart.

  • Cathy Zane

    As a psychotherapist and avid reader of personal growth books, Donna Cameron’s A Year of Living Kindly has risen to the top of my current favorites for its timely and valuable message. In a time when disconnection seems to abound and kindness often feels lacking, Cameron makes a compelling case for kindness as a path toward significant change in our lives. She offers practical suggestions for creating a kinder world in short chapters that can be read as daily or weekly inspiration. With

    As a psychotherapist and avid reader of personal growth books, Donna Cameron’s A Year of Living Kindly has risen to the top of my current favorites for its timely and valuable message. In a time when disconnection seems to abound and kindness often feels lacking, Cameron makes a compelling case for kindness as a path toward significant change in our lives. She offers practical suggestions for creating a kinder world in short chapters that can be read as daily or weekly inspiration. With well-placed quotes and research, as well as her own experiences and wisdom, Cameron’s inspiring and heartfelt book is one that I will be recommending often.

  • KDV

    I really loved this and found it very useful. I went into it just a tiny bit skeptical for two reasons: 1) I work in a public library and it's very difficult to be truly kind all the time 2) I've been listening to Cardi B pretty much incessantly and she makes the bad bitch lifestyle VERY appealing (versus "extending myself" endlessly). But this was excellent. I found the sections about letting go of judgment and score-keeping especially useful. So many helpful truths! I borrowed it from the

    I really loved this and found it very useful. I went into it just a tiny bit skeptical for two reasons: 1) I work in a public library and it's very difficult to be truly kind all the time 2) I've been listening to Cardi B pretty much incessantly and she makes the bad bitch lifestyle VERY appealing (versus "extending myself" endlessly). But this was excellent. I found the sections about letting go of judgment and score-keeping especially useful. So many helpful truths! I borrowed it from the library (duh) but I may buy a copy for reference.

  • Marlena

    I was pulled in by the title—I took on the book--although I think of myself as empathetic, having been raised by a large extended family in Latin America, where being polite, responsive, and thoughtful of others is taught at the cradle. I read the book slowly to think about the issues and discovered some things about myself: I am unkind when I am tired. I am unkind when I receive an obvious put-down. I am less resilient when someone close to me easily accomplishes something that is hard for me.

    I was pulled in by the title—I took on the book--although I think of myself as empathetic, having been raised by a large extended family in Latin America, where being polite, responsive, and thoughtful of others is taught at the cradle. I read the book slowly to think about the issues and discovered some things about myself: I am unkind when I am tired. I am unkind when I receive an obvious put-down. I am less resilient when someone close to me easily accomplishes something that is hard for me. I am unkind enough times to my good husband of many years. So stopping to notice--the pause--is a key ingredient in living life more kindly. I’ve been working on this now for several weeks after reading the book, and I feel more present and aware.

    Donna Cameron provides extensive research to support the idea that kind people are happier, that being kind is a magical ingredient that influences others to pay it forward. She quotes studies that confirm that companies with kind cultures are significantly more productive. Among the many techniques she offers, “holding back and allowing others to fumble is sometimes the kindest path,” is one of my favorites. The book is rich and deeply meaningful. worth dipping into time and again. I highly recommend A Year of Living Kindly.

  • Dora Okeyo

    52 chapters each building upon kindness are explored in this book.

    I loved the personal insights shared by the author and the ease of writing she uses in this book. It makes for light but reflective reading. My absolute wake up call was chapter nine, "The Power of the Pause," and with social media explosion, I realized that I rarely take a step back to reflect before acting and now I am conscious and working on it.

    Thanks Netgalley for the eARC.

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