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Kindness and Joy: Expressing the Gentle Love [Paperback]

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Pages   107
Est. Packaging Dimensions:   Length: 6.18" Width: 5.6" Height: 0.41"
Weight:   0.2 lbs.
Binding  Softcover
Release Date   Oct 31, 2006
Publisher   TEMPLETON FOUNDATION PRESS
ISBN  159947106X  
EAN  9781599471068  


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In this inspirational book, Dr. Harold G. Koenig demonstrates how kindness leads to life-enriching joy. The nature of kindness is explored--its relationship to love and generosity, as well as the characteristics that distinguish it from pity. Kindness is defined as an intentional and selfless kind of gentle love that involves concentrating on the needs of another person. It is the opposite of cruelty and neglect, which ignore the needs of others and focus only on the self. Joy is likewise examined, and Koenig notes how it differs from the emotions of happiness and satisfaction. Its roots are shown to be in human experiences and actions. Stories from everyday life as well as the acts of well-known people illustrate how kindness is expressed. They also show the effects of kindness on the person who is being kind and the recipient of the kindness. While, to date, there is little formal research on kindness, there are studies on the positive impact of values that are related to it, such as forgiveness, altruistic love, and acts of volunteering and compassion. It is likely, Koenig speculates, that kindness will be found to have a positive effect on mental health and even physical health. This book includes guidance as well as information and inspiration. There are practical recommendations on how to perform acts of kindness in personal lives and at work, toward friends, colleagues, and family members-- even with one's enemies. Suggestions are also offered on ways to encourage others to be kind so they, too, can experience the joy that results. Kindness and Joy shows that kindness is a virtue that carries a double blessing: it transforms both the life of the receiver and of the giver.

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Harold G. Koenig, MD, is board certified in general psychiatry, geriatric psychiatry, and geriatric medicine. He is on the faculty at Duke as professor of psychiatry and behavioral sciences and associate professor of medicine. Dr. Koenig is Director of Duke s Center for Spirituality, Theology and Health and has published extensively in the fields of mental health, geriatrics, and religion, with over 350 peer-reviewed articles and book chapters and close to 40 books in print or in preparation. He is also a registered nurse.

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Harold G. Koenig has an academic affiliation as follows - Duke University Medical Center, Durham Duke University Duke Univ Medic.

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Three Significant Little Words  Mar 9, 2007
I was attracted to this book by its title and subtitle which contain three of my favorite words that are at once very simple but powerful: "kindness, joy, gentle." A lightweight small-format book that can be easily carried with you, its chapters speak simply of what I have learned to be important thoughts for my life. A famous author once said that the three things necessary for a useful and satisfying life are "to be kind, to be kind, to be kind." I agree and am trying to live out that motto. This little book by Harold Koenig is a push and a guide in that direction. Written in accessible words, it is for everyone, and I hope others will read and reread it as I am doing. It would make a wonderful gift for a friend or family member.
 

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