Kindness and Joy by Harold G. Koenig
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Kindness and Joy
By Harold G. Koenig

Kindness and Joy

Expressing the Gentle Joy

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Kindness and Joy by Harold G. Koenig

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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 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.

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Book Details

ISBN: 9781599471068
ISBN-10: 159947106X
Format: Paperback
(159mm x 140mm x 10mm)
Imprint: Templeton Foundation Press,U.S.
Publisher: Templeton Foundation Press,U.S.
Publish Date: 30-Jan-2007
Country of Publication: United States

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Author Biography - Harold G. Koenig

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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