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BE KIND

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CONTENTS

Cover

Title Page

Copyright

 

Introduction

Be Kind

Conclusion

INTRODUCTION

Kindness is a type of magic you can keep in your pocket and sprinkle at will – and best f all, it’s free! The joy and positivity that a small act of kindness releases into the world is contagious; one act of kindness always sparks another. And when people actively go the extra mile to make their community a better place, it can start a chain of compassion that echoes around the world.

This little book is packed full of uplifting stories of genuine acts of selfless kindness from all over the globe, as well as ideas for ways you can spread goodwill in your everyday life, either to your loved ones or to complete strangers. You don’t need huge amounts of money or any fancy equipment; all you need is a heart, a little bit of time and good intentions. We hope this book serves as a small but mighty reminder of the good that humans are capable of when they put their minds to it.
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NO ACT OF KINDNESS, HOWEVER SMALL, IS EVER WASTED.

AESOP

 

 

 

 

 

When Andi Bernabe was summoned by his friends on his eighteenth birthday, he didn’t realize the surprise he was in for. The trans teenager was unaware that his classmates had spent the last month saving up money for him to be able to change his name legally. They sang “Happy Birthday” and presented him with an envelope containing $300, along with a homemade birth certificate bearing his new name. What an incredible show of love and support for a friend.

 

 

 

 

 

KINDNESS IS THE CHEAPEST, MOST REWARDING GIFT YOU CAN GIVE TO SOMEONE ELSE

 

 

 

 

 

THOSE WHO BRING SUNSHINE TO THE LIVES OF OTHERS CANNOT KEEP IT FROM THEMSELVES.

J. M. BARRIE

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to be kind

Say “thank you”! Those small words really are powerful, and can make people feel so much more seen and appreciated. Whether you’re thanking your loved ones for the things they do to enrich your life, or simply making an effort to acknowledge the staff in your local shop or in a call centre, a “thank you” is never wasted.

 

 

 

 

 

As the sun makes ice melt, kindness causes misunderstanding, mistrust and hostility to evaporate.

ALBERT SCHWEITZER

 

 

 

 

 

When 13-year-old Callum Manning first set up an Instagram account to post his book reviews, he was bullied by some of his classmates who left mean comments. His sister tweeted about the event, hoping to find him some more support – and he got it. Within a few days, Callum had more than 80,000 new followers, and messages of encouragement from booksellers, authors, readers and celebrities from across the world.

 

 

 

 

 

Make someone happy today

 

 

 

 

 

THREE THINGS IN HUMAN LIFE ARE IMPORTANT. THE FIRST IS TO BE KIND. THE SECOND IS TO BE KIND. AND THE THIRD IS TO BE KIND.

HENRY JAMES

 

 

 

 

 

Ways to be kind