Non fiction

100 Ways to be Kind by Theresa Cheung

About the Book

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.

What I thought

The more time I’m spending at home, and more so not seeing other people because of lockdown the more of a grumpy misery guts I seem to be becoming. I even get sick of hearing my own moaning and complaining at times, so when this book came up on Netgalley I decided to give it a go. If nothing else I thought, it should be a positive read.

The book starts out with quite a large section on being kind to ourselves. The theory being that you can’t even start showing kindness to others until you can show kindness to yourself. A lot of it has been said before and I didn’t learn anything new, however there is a difference between knowing all this information and remembering to actually put it into practice. The suggestions are broken down into ways to get your day off to a good start by being kind to yourself in the morning and then again in the evening to help you relax and look back on the events of the day without all the usual recriminations and guilt trips we can often send ourselves off on before we turn out the light.

The second part is being kind online. Lots of tips and do’s and dont’s for spreading a little happiness and goodwill around in cyber space. It’s fast becoming our real world as we spend so much time there, so you need to know how to look after yourself as well as showing a little kindness to your fellow web users out there. Sometimes we forget that those twitter handles and facebook profiles belong to real people, with real feelings and we should treat them just the same as we would if they were standing in front of us.

Next up is being kind to others, which really is probably the main reason why the book might have caught your interest in the first place. Being kind is something we’ve been hearing a lot about this year, and with all the turmoil we’ve faced, I think we’re all wondering how we can do our bit to help and show a little more kindness than we usually do. This book is very up to date and has quite a few references to the pandemic, lockdown and also the Black Lives Matter movement.

Lastly being kind to nature is covered. For each of the 100 ways to be kind, there’s a brief description of why the way is a good idea and what you can hope to gain from it, followed by suggestions of how to put that idea into practice.

Much of it has been covered before in other books but it’s always nice to be reminded of these ideas and also to see someone else’s perspective on things. I enjoyed the book and found it helpful, it is also a nice book to keep going back to and dipping in when grumpiness is threatening to rear its ugly head again.

Rating: 4 out of 5.

♥ Be Kind ♥

The book is out in e-book format tomorrow 11 September and is available on Amazon and Kobo.

Thank you to the publisher Thread for an advance copy of the book via Netgalley

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