Kindness is more important than ever in a world increasingly divisive. It’s just too easy to anonymously hurl insults through the Internet or from cars. It’s too easy to see the world as “them” versus “us” and then throw harsh words or even stones at anyone who is different or has opinions unlike our own. That’s why messages like Hamilton’s are so important today.
The introduction to Hamilton’s book on Amazon states: “Scientific evidence has proven that kindness changes the brain, impacts the heart and immune system, is an antidote to depression and even slows the aging process. We’re actually genetically wired to be kind. In ‘The Five Side Effects of Kindness,’ David Hamilton shows that the effects of kindness are felt daily throughout our nervous system. When we’re kind we feel happier and our bodies are healthiest.”
Hamilton personally says kindness “builds relationships and thus strengthens society. So, by extension, it ensures our protection and survival. . . In this modern interconnected world, there are no isolated acts of kindness. Kindness creates ripples in the fabric of human relationships and human society. These ripples impact the hearts and minds of other people, who in turn create ripples of their own. Each seemingly isolated act of kindness matters more than we think.”