Better as a podcast but enjoyable
Let’s be honest; the past year has ruined us all for empathy and I am no outlier for this. I hate most people these days because the pandemic has made dealing with any other human being feel like a full-time job. It sucks. I picked this up in the hope that I would be able to get a bit of insight into how to be a kinder, more open person when it comes to others and this is mostly a good book to read for that reason.
In general, I enjoyed this book. My only real issue is that I don’t feel like I learned anything new from it. It’s well set up, flows well and the author mentions multiple times these are his opinions regarding kindness and empathy and taking everything with a grain of salt. I respected that honesty, that he wasn’t trying to sell this as an end all be all book, but it still felt more like it could have been condensed into a podcast episode rather than a book. A solid hour-long episode would have been a lot more accessible than the book because, while good, it does feel a bit repetitive. The art in the book is super cute though I enjoyed that aspect of it greatly. Overall a fine read but I would maybe just skim through it until you find a section that speaks to you.
Title: This Book Will Make You Kinder
Author: Henry James Garrett
Three Descriptors: Ethics, Empathy, Self-Help
I Feel You by Cris Beam
Against Empathy by Paul Bloom
The Art of Being Kind by Stefan Einhorn
The Road to Character by David Brooks
The Power of Moments by Chip Heath