Tuesday, December 13, 2016

Kindness Challenge Book Review

I decided this sounded like a good book to read with the interesting title and description, I couldn't pass up the chance to check this out and see how I could make my relationships better.  I know that I am a naturally negative person and it takes a lot for me to overcome that feeling and go towards the positive.  I was interested to see if this book was going to help and there were lots of things to try!!

Think of your toughest relationship. Think of a relationship that is good but could be great. Think of a group of people that drives you nuts. You want to show more kindness and generosity, but sometimes you’re just tired, stretched, and frustrated. Besides, would small actions make that big a difference? Yes!

After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it?

In The Kindness Challenge, Shaunti explores….
* Three simple acts that make all the difference in any relationship (with a spouse, child, co-worker, brother-in-law…)
* Whether kindness is ever the wrong approach
* The seven ways you may be unkind and never realize it
* Eight types of kindness—and which might be the best fit for you
* Ten sneaky obstacles that get in the way of giving praise
* Practical ways to persevere when kindness is tough
* How kindness in marriage leads to benefits in the bedroom (yes, really!)
* Why your acts of kindness today can help transform the world

With self-assessments, day-to-day tips, a 30-day challenge, and specific kindness ideas, The Kindness Challenge can make your toughest relationships better and your good relationships great—starting today.

Try the 30 Day Kindness Challenge and be a part of a kindness revolution in your home, your world, and yourself.

Have We Ever Needed Kindness More?

In The Kindness Challenge, innovative researcher Shaunti Feldhahn reveals three simple steps proven to make any interaction better and any relationship thrive—whether with a romantic partner, coworkers, a child, siblings, your hard-to-please stepmother, or rude people at the grocery store. You’ll learn which ways of acting, speaking, and thinking will make the greatest difference for your life.

Doing these simple acts for thirty days not only has power to change the other person—it has the power to change you!

In these pages, Shaunti introduces you to a host of people from all walks of life who have tested the 30-Day Kindness Challenge in real-life situations and have seen the difference it makes. She shows you the inspiring results of her before-and-after surveys. And she challenges you not only to try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge for yourself but to be a part of the movement to transform our culture.

It was a little bit of a slow read because there was so much information and I wanted to try to take it all in but there were tons of great points.  If I had a highlighter in my hand, the book would have been covered.  There are so many times when we say that we are venting but in truth, this only draws out the problem instead of letting it go.  It mainly hurts ourselves when we do that but it is the hardest thing to avoid because many times I trust the opinions of my good friends and bringing up issues helps to try to put things in perspective but with all the talk of negative, it makes it hard to be positive.  It goes into the examples of each pitfall and how you can overcome it.  If you want, you can sign up to get the daily reminder so that you can improve your life with the tips.  You can also go on the website and check out their self assessment which I was eager to take but it wasn't launched before my review.  If you want to check out the website, you can do so here.

The book is divided into three main parts.  Part 1 is Why A Little Kindness Makes a Big Difference.  This is the general part of the book talking about Kindness and showing you how putting it in practice will make your life better.  Part 2 is Let's Do This: Thirty Days to a Kinder You.  There is a section on nixing the negatives, practicing praise and carrying out kindness.  Part 3 is Thirty Days of Kindness Tips.  This part is the key of the book because it gives the daily reminders on how to pull this off and become more positive.  Anything that you practice every day for 30 days becomes something of a habit so it is more likely to stick with these great hints and reminders of the things that you read.  Including these concrete tasks helps follow up the message of the book and makes the whole thing work for me.   This book is currently available on pre-release but will come out in just a few days on December 20th so you can get your own copy to find out how this book will help you improve your relationships.  I thought it was a great book and I look forward to putting some of the ideas into play in my life to try to be a kinder person!!

**I was provided a copy of the book from the publisher through Blogging for Books but I was not required to provide a positive review.  All opinions here are my own.

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