Kindness Corner: A call to action in giving kindness

For one area man, the idea of being kind to others is more than just a sentiment to teach to children on the playground, but rather, a movement that can change the world. Randall D. “Randy” McNeely has published “The Kindness Givers’ Formula – Four Simple Steps for Making a Transformational Difference for Good” as a guide to help others to choose kindness.

“Negativity is all around us,” McNeely says, “There is hate, darkness, contention everywhere. We can make a difference, if enough people choose kindness.”

The book outlines four simple steps of determining to be a kindness giver, thinking and planning for ways to be a kindness giver, looking for and acting on ways to be a kindness giver, and inviting and encouraging others to be kindness givers. McNeely believes these simple choices can lead others to follow the example of kindness.

“Being a kindness giver not only impacts others, but ourselves as well,” he says, “We feel better about ourselves when we spread kindness.”

The book takes around 45 minutes to read, and McNeely says that is all that is needed.

“Anyone who is willing to try something new, following these simple strategies can really change their life.”

McNeely challenges people to try to follow the principles for seven days to see how their lives and attitudes are changed.

“There are many good people in the world, who may be kind in situations, but don’t necessarily look for ways to be a kindness giver,” he said.

The habit-building steps found in the book are based on a study conducted by Jamil Zaki, associate professor of psychology at Stanford University and director of the Stanford Social Neuroscience Laboratory, found that “people imitate not only the particulars of positive actions, but also the spirit underlying them. This implies is that kindness itself is contagious, and that that it can cascade across people, taking on new forms along the way.”

Residents interested in learning more about the four-step process and spreading kindness are invited to meetings on Dec. 11 and Dec. 13 at the Musser Public Library from 7-8 p.m.

More information or to order a copy for yourself please visit: The Kindness Givers’ Formula on Amazon