“Kindness doesn’t happen naturally” writes Shanti Feldhahn in her new book The Kindness Challenge. The busyness of life and its stresses can wear on people and cause improper responses inside of being kind. Thus, people struggle to be kind. However, it need not be this way.
Feldhan recalls a conversation she had with a friend. In this conversation her friend makes a powerful statement: obedience precedes emotion. Kindness is something that has to be chosen and will often have the emotional aspect arrive later. By choosing to be kind before feeling like being kind, kindness begins to become more natural. Thus, this book is intended to develop the habit of choosing kindness and to do so with a thirty day challenge.
As I read through this book I found the advice to be practical, easy to follow, and supported by data proving that the methods work. I also appreciated that Feldhahn has sections for husband and wives on how to be kind to their spouse in a way that they spouse feels appreciated; not how they would feel appreciated.
I also valued the additional resources provided to enhance the effectiveness of the challenge as some of sections may stretch the patience of a participant. One of these resources is an online assessment to which I took and found it insightful. I recommend that the reader of this book do the same as the benefits are worth the time in my opinion.
*I received a complimentary copy of this book in exchange for my honest review.