The Keys to Kindness

How to be Kinder to Yourself, Others and the World

Claudia Hammond author


Publisher:Canongate Books

Published:10th Nov '22


Available for immediate dispatch.

A deep-dive into kindness, the science behind it and how we can better build it into our lives, from the author of The Art of Rest

In The Keys to Kindness Claudia Hammond takes us on an eye-opening tour of kindness: what constitutes kindness (it's not what you think), effective strategies to build more of it into our lives and the benefits of being kind. She draws on the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, and her work in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the BBC, including the largest global survey ever undertaken into attitudes to kindness. The book is structured around the seven keys of kindness, including:

There is more kindness in the world that you might think
Being kind makes you feel good and that's OK
Kind people can be winners
Remember to be kind to yourself

You are kinder than you think, but we could all be kinder still - with enormous benefits for our personal mental health and wellbeing. The Keys to Kindness sets out a prescription for a kinder life that you can adapt to your own circumstances, and explains how to use this guidance for ourselves, others and the world.

Claudia Hammond's books are a solace in troubled times -- Fearne Cotton
[Hammond] doesn't want to make kindness cool, she simply wants to prove - by hook, crook, her book and hard data - its value to society * * Sunday Times * *
Claudia Hammond has written a handbook on the benefits and keys to kindness [ . . . ] formed by a new, unique study called The Kindness Test, run by her colleagues at the University of Sussex, and launched on the BBC. If you've never thought about what kindness means, the results will be as fascinating as they are thought-provoking . . . Full of common sense, gentle wisdom and altruism * * Daily Mail * *
From the state of global politics to the climate crisis, the world feels more divided than ever. But The Keys to Kindness stands up in the face of this overwhelming issue - and provides us with the tools to address it . . . If one thing's for sure, Hammond's book is a firm reminder of how important kindness really is - and why being kinder to yourself, others and the world around you is valuable for everyone * * Stylist * *
Praise for The Art of Rest: Fascinating, entertaining and lucidly written . . . If we accept that reading is the most restful activity . . . The Art of Rest ought to be equivalent to a scientific siesta. The only trouble is that this outstanding book is far too stimulating to be restful * * Observer * *
Claudia Hammond's superb book reminds us of a truth that's too often forgotten: that rest isn't just an indulgence, but an essential part of a life lived well -- DR RANGAN CHATTERJEE * * bestselling author of The 4 Pillar Plan * *
At a time when our waking lives appear to be more frantic and distracted than ever before, switching off has never been more of a challenge. The Art of Rest equips us with fresh research and information on how to rest more, and rest better, to get the most out of life. Reading it is a rest itself -- MATT HAIG
A soothing balm for a frazzled generation -- ADAM RUTHERFORD * * author of A Brief History of Everyone Who Ever Lived * *
Not only is The Art of Rest an enjoyable read, touching on scientific evidence in a light, accessible manner, it delivers on its promise too . . . Reading, according to Rest Test participants, is one of the best ways to rest. So if you want to change your 24/7 lifestyle, opening The Art of Rest may well be a good start * * New Scientist * *
Hammond valiantly unearths some great nuggets . . . quirky humour and sunny enthusiasm kept me reading * * Sunday Times * *

  • Winner of People's Book Prize - Non-fiction 2023 (UK)

ISBN: 9781838854447

Dimensions: 220mm x 144mm x 28mm

Weight: 391g

288 pages