In “The Five Side Effects of Kindness,” David Hamilton talks about the power of kindness. He includes scientific research, real-life examples, and personal stories together in an engaging manner. David Hamilton highlights the impact kindness can have on our overall health and longevity. The audiobook left me with a renewed appreciation for the simple act of kindness and its profound ability to heal, uplift, and transform lives. I think it’s a must-read for anyone seeking inspiration to lead a more compassionate and fulfilling life.
5 Things I Liked About The Book
- David Hamilton’s writing style is engaging and accessible, making the book both educational and enjoyable to read or listen to (I listened to it).
- The anecdotes sprinkled throughout the book make it an incredibly personal experience.
- Hamilton backs up his claims with scientific research and data in a way that is easy to understand.
- His stories of people who have benefited from kindness are incredibly inspiring.
- The book leaves you feeling inspired and optimistic about the power of kindness to create positive change in the world. I listened to it at work and found myself intentionally being kinder to my coworkers as I listened to it.
My Favorite Reason To Be Kind
David Hamilton talks about how kindness can reduce inflammation. As someone who is currently dealing with a lot of serious health issues in my family, health is heavily on my mind. So, I’m looking for as many ways as possible to stay healthy, and if kindness can help keep inflammation at bay, sign me up!
The One Thing I Want To Learn More About
David also talks about the vagus nerve and how it affects aging, which is another issue high on my mind now. He talks about how kindness can impact vagal tone. Apparently, a good vagal tone can “help the body get the rest it needs, digest food, and regenerate itself as wear and tear occurs.” If the vagal tone is low, we lose some of the protection. So this is something I’m going to do more research on.
There Were Some Acts Of Kindness I Didn’t Agree With
David Hamilton consistently gives examples of acts of kindness you can do, and there were a few acts of kindness that I thought were stupid.
For instance, one ‘act of kindness’ David talks about is when you get cut off on the road. He says to smile and wave them on. This is the worst idea ever! I find that most people who are being sarcastic or passive-aggressive smile when you do something bad to them. And if someone thinks you are being passive-aggressive, it might just make things worse. I think it’s better just to keep calm and wave them on WITHOUT flashing them a smile.
Another ‘act of kindness’ he suggests is to adopt a dog from a dog shelter. Yikes! Animal shelters are full and they do need people to adopt the animals in them, so I think this is OK if you are actively looking for a dog, but if you are just trying to do acts of kindness, skip this one. Too many people impulsively adopt dogs for selfish reasons and then, eventually, give those dogs back to the shelter.
Another stupid act of kindness, in my opinion, is taking out an advertisement in a newspaper to wish everyone a nice day. Why? This is similar to when people leave comments that say, ‘You matter!’ and ‘You are loved!’. To me, it’s more annoying than anything to hear a random stranger tell me that I’m loved. If someone took out an ad in a newspaper to tell others to have a nice day, all I would think about is how they could better use their time.
“The Five Side Effects Of Kindness” Offers An Important Reminder To Be Kind
One of the most powerful aspects of “The Five Side Effects of Kindness” is its ability to help us see things differently – not just in terms of how we perceive the world, but also in terms of how we interact with it.
David Hamilton makes a convincing argument that even small acts of kindness can have far-reaching effects, both on ourselves and on those around us. His message is simple: when you practice kindness, your life will be changed for the better.
The book includes practical tips for incorporating kindness into our daily lives, such as expressing gratitude and showing appreciation. It also encourages us to find new ways to practice kindness.
Overall, I found that David Hamilton’s “The Five Side Effects of Kindness” is an uplifting book that will leave you feeling motivated to make the world a kinder place.
If you are feeling angry or resentful towards others, reading “The Five Side Effects of Kindness” will help you understand why it’s important to switch gears and practice kindness instead. While it can impact the world in a better way, it will most definitely impact you in a positive way, so it’s a cheap and easy way to practice self-care.