The Power of Kindness: Why Empathy is Essential in Everyday Life by Brian Goldman (44)

When I saw this book on the new book shelf, I was intrigued. We all know the importance of kindness. And in many cases in life, only kindness really matters.  But can most of us be kind?  This book underlines the fact that not all of us are as kind as we think. In fact, for some of us, being kind is not something that we strive for. For others, we believe that we are far kinder than we actually are.

There are actually ways to assess how kind you are by how your brain is wired.

As a veteran emergency room physician, Dr. Brian Goldman has had a successful career setting broken bones, curing pneumonia and otherwise pulling people back from the brink of death and bad health to a renewed sense of health and well-being.

But time, stress, errors, and heavy expectations left him wondering if he might not be the same caring doctor he thought he was at the beginning of his career. he wondered what kindness truly looks like–in himself and in others.

With these questions, Dr. Goldman leaves the comfortable, familiar surroundings of the hospital in search of his own lost compassion. A top neuroscientist performs an MRI scan of his brain to see if he is hard-wired for empathy. A researcher at western University in Ontario tests his personality and makes a startling discovery.

Dr. Goldman then circles the planet in search of the most empathic people alive to hear their stories and learn their secrets. He visits a boulevard in Sao Paulo, Brazil where he meets a woman who calls a homeless poet her soul mate and reunited him with his family. He also sees a research lab in Kyoto Japan where he encounters a lifelike, empathetic android, and much more.

This book will keep you thinking and discovering whether you really are empathic or just think you are.

I loved this book from beginning to end.

 

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I am a freelance and academic writer. I am currently writing a book called `Fearless Freelance Writers`. Please look out for it soon on this blog.
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