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Reflections from our Bookshelf: Go Be Kind

Go Be Kind: 28 1/2 Adventures Guaranteed to Make You Happier
By: Leon Logothetis
Reflection by: Ashley Cluley, QKA, AIF®


Why I read it?

My aunt passed away unexpectedly last year, and in the cleanup of her belongings, copies of this book were found addressed to my sister and me. My aunt was the kindest person I have ever known and delivered acts of kindness daily – this isn’t an exaggeration.

What is it all about?

You don’t read this book. You DO this book. It had “stops” along the way where it said I couldn’t turn another page until I did something kind, which was a nice breather. It took me a few weeks to think of the perfect act (yes, I was overthinking it) and then I went out and donated $30 to a person struggling with groceries because of a job interruption. It wasn’t overwhelming, but it felt good. Then I was allowed to read more and was prompted to do more acts of kindness. These were not just for others, but in some cases finding ways to show myself kindness.

What caused me to pause?

This book is structured so that if the reader is truly engaging with it, they must pause to reflect many times throughout.

How will this book change my habits or influence me?

This book inspired me to be more intentional in my acts of kindness. I was struck that through deliberate acts of kindness, I am not only positively influencing someone else but also increasing my own happiness.

Add this to your reading list if …

The rewarding experience from this book is immeasurable. My recommendation stems purely from the joy you feel when you “Go Be Kind”. The author isn’t particularly eloquent and doesn’t discuss a single profound idea, but delivers deep meaning nonetheless.

Pickle Rating: 5 out of 5

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