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The Power of Kindness

The Unexpected Benefits of Leading a Compassionate Life--Tenth Anniversary Edition
Paperback Book
Publisher: 
Tarcher
 | 
November, 2016
ISBN:
9780143129271
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The Power of Kindness is a stirring examination of a simple but profound concept. Piero Ferrucci, one of the world’s most respected psychologists, explores the many surprising facets of kindness and argues that it is this trait, and this trait alone, which will lead not only to our own individual happiness and the happiness of those around us, but will guide us in a world that has become cold, anxious, difficult, and frightening.

Not an ordinary self-help book, The Power of Kindness is instead a blueprint. Being kind, Ferrucci argues, does not mean becoming a human doormat or a cloying handservant. And “Heaven save us from the fakes,” Ferrucci writes—self-interested politeness, calculated generosity, superficial etiquette, and even kindness against one’s will.

Instead, kindness is composed of many elements, including qualities not immediately associated with it: flexibility, honesty, a sense of belonging, gratitude, attention, forgiveness, and more. In 18 interlocking chapters, each devoted to a single aspect of kindness, Ferrucci moves seamlessly from tales of myth and legend to personal anecdotes to scientific research and philosophical treatises.

He reveals that the kindest people are the most likely to thrive, to enable others to thrive, and to slowly but steadily turn our world away from violence, self-centeredness and narcissism, and toward love. Writing with a rare combination of sensitivity and intellectual depth, Ferrucci shows that, ultimately, kindness is not a luxury in our world, but a necessity for us all. His book offers a lovely reminder of how good, and how easy, it is to be kind.

This new edition offers a new chapter on “Harmlessness” plus a substantial new introduction and a reading list: a “Kindness Book Shelf.

“A book after my own heart.” —the Dalai Lama

Piero Ferrucci, a psychotherapist and collaborator with Roberto Assagioli, the founder of Psychosynthesis, a school that focuses on spiritual growth and positive qualities such as faith and joy, is also the author of What We May Be.

Publisher’s Description: 

The popular guide to living with kindness now includes a new chapter, introduction, and exercises in this tenth-anniversary edition.

When The Power of Kindness first appeared in 2006 it thrilled and challenged readers with one audacious promise: Your acts of generosity and decency are the secret to a fuller, more satisfying life. Kindness is not some squishy virtue but the very key to your own happiness.

With nearly 125,000 copies sold, TarcherPerigee is celebrating the book's tenth anniversary with this new edition, featuring a complete new chapter by Piero Ferrucci on the theme of "Harmlessness," which joins his other chapters on virtues such as "Honesty," "Warmth," and "Loyalty." In addition, Ferrucci contributes a substantial new introduction and selection of techniques, meditations, and exercises.

This tenth-anniversary volume is perfect for new readers and for lovers of the original who want to re-experience its wisdom and power.

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