About the Book
We’re all pretty nice people, right? It’s just that occasionally we’re tempted to gossip or indulge in a little justified road rage . . . or snap at our spouse . . . maybe scream at our kids . . . I mean, if everyone else would get with the program, we wouldn’t be this way!
But maybe the trouble isn’t with all those other people who aggravate us. Maybe we’re the problem–specifically, the way we react to inconveniences, accidents, and just plain old everyday life with negative words, thoughts, and actions. Because the truth is, when we stop focusing on how we’re being affected and start responding in kind ways, that’s when something remarkable happens: we actually feel happier ourselves.
With humor, compassion, and encouragement, Nicole Phillips draws on scientific research and real-life examples to help us recognize unhelpful negative thought patterns, show kindness toward others even when we don’t feel like it, and discover how one little change actually changes everything.
In My Opinion
I read The Negativity Remedy then flipped to the front and read through it again to glean even more wisdom and inspiration about kindness. This book simultaneously convicted, challenged, and inspired me. Whether give generously, can use some generosity, or are somewhere in between, everyone should read this book.
Using personal stories as well as ones from friends and those she’s received for her kindness column, Nicole J. Phillips shares the physiological and emotional results as well as what hinders us, how to deal with being taken advantage of and more. But she also speaks to those who are on the receiving side of kindness. I can relate to turning down kindness but Phillips offers a mental shift to my knee jerk reaction when I feel that others need kindness more than I do with this one sentence: “Sometimes people are offering to help us paint a room or weed a garden or taxi children simply because they need to get out of their own space.”
The book also includes practical applications for changing your mentality around kindness (and on the opposite side of that when people are rude to you). There’s also a list of ideas to spread kindness that, if you exercise one a day, will last you an entire year.
Y’all, we need more kindness in our world. Wouldn’t you rather log onto your social media and be uplifted, encouraged, and inspired rather than finding another argument or negative post? It’s through kindness we show Jesus to others. We may not ever see that person we offer a kind word or smile or buy lunch or a tank of gas for, but that act of kindness will lead to another and for those moments, God’s love and light shines on both you and the recipient.
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