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This week, Life Training Online is reviewing The Power of Nice: How to Conquer the Business World With Kindness, by Linda Kaplan Thaler and Robin Koval, the seventh of fifty-two books in the 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks series.

As we come to the end of this week’s review let’s see if we can answer the question first posed to us on Monday: Does kindness really have any merit in our world today? I’d have to 100% agree with the authors on this one that it absolutely does.

Looking back on the book, the authors related a number of personal experiences where kindness paid off in the form of monetary and professional rewards. And it may seem as though they’re overly focusing on using kindness solely for one’s personal benefit. However, to give them the benefit of the doubt, they do mention that you can’t fake kindness. It must be genuine in order for it to have a positive effect in your life.

And that’s where we come to the Catch 22. Unless you are genuinely seeking to bring happiness and joy into other people’s lives through acts of kindness, you will not reap the personal benefits that those acts will bring. In other words, there aren’t a set of kindness techniques that you can simply follow and you’ll achieve wealth and success.

I’d have to say that for the most part, I like this book. The authors didn’t present anything new that we haven’t heard already but if you’re looking for a concise book that extols the benefits and need for kindness in our world, then by all means read it.

The only criticism that I do have is the ridiculous price ($17.95) for an itty-bitty 119 pg. hard-cover book. Don’t make the same mistake I did. Buy it on Amazon instead of full price at the bookstore. Or wait till it’s out in soft cover.

Next week we’ll be reviewing a book that I’ve been waiting for to come out since I first heard about it last year. It’s the new and updated edition of The Now Habit: A Strategic Program for Overcoming Procrastination and Enjoying Guilt-Free Play. If you struggle with procrastination (as I do sometimes) will this book be the answer? Stay tuned to find out…

The Power of Nice is the seventh of fifty-two books in Life Training – Online’s series 52 Personal Development Books in 52 Weeks.


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