Because gratitude, happiness, and positive leadership are favorite subjects of my blog posts, I was given the opportunity to read a pre-publication edition of The Kindness Cure, by Tara Cousineau, PhD, which will be published on February 2.

“Be Nice” is the second of my Six Simple Rules and when I was writing Six Simple Rules for a Better Life, I came very close to calling that rule “Be Kind” so, no surprise to me, I was immediately attracted to Tara’s book because of its title.

The Kindness Cure is filled with heart-warming kindness stories Tara collected as research for her book. If you like the “Chicken Soup for the Soul” series of books, you will surely enjoy the Kindness Cure.

Kindness and happiness intersect because, as I’ve written many times, helping others is one of the great happiness strategies. I particularly enjoyed this list of “Kindness Toward Others” ideas from The Kindness Cure:

  • Smile at others.
  • Say “I love you,” offer a hug, or give a high five.
  • Send a thank-you note or e-mail to one person a week.
  • Open the door for someone, buy a cup of coffee, pay a toll fee.
  • Compliment three people for their positive attitude or efforts.
  • Get to know someone who is not like you.
  • Set a daily kindness reminder on your phone.
  • Donate to a cause and let others know you did (kindness is contagious).
  • Sign a social action petition or do something to impact social change.
  • Volunteer at a soup kitchen or food bank.
  • Enlist friends to do something nice for someone.
  • Pick up trash on your street and in your neighborhood.

What is one kindness story you can share—either something you did, or something another person did for you or someone else? Please join the conversation with your comments…

Best regards,