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The Art of Being Kind

3.33  ·  Rating details ·  433 ratings  ·  43 reviews
Einhorn believes it is the single most important factor in achieving success and satisfaction. Contrary to the cynical axiom, “nice guys finished last,” Einhorn makes the case that being a good person can make you happier, richer, more successful and fulfilled. Kindness is not always easy to put into practice—in all of life’s dilemmas, we calculate, whether consciously or ...more
Hardcover, 212 pages
Published October 1st 2007 by Pegasus Books (first published 2005)
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Zahra saeedzade
Jul 22, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
همیشه می‌دانستم این آدمهایی که مدام از خودشان تعریف می‌کنند و می‌گویند مهربان‌اند. یک جای کارشان می‌لنگد. وقتی زیاد بهشان توجه کنیم می‌بینیم که اینطور هم نیستند و در واقع بیشتر آدمهای متوقعی هستند. هرکسی که کار نیکی می‌کند مدام آن را جار نمی‌زند.جدا از آن دوست داشتم بدانم تا کجا باید مهربان بود و‌اصلا چه سودی برای خود فرد دارد؟
کتاب خیلی خوبی بود که می‌توانم بگویم به تمام سوالاتم جواب داد. مثلا اینکه مهربانی با افراد بیشتر به خودمان کمک می‌کند تا بقیه. خودمان آدم‌های سالم‌تری خواهیم شد. یک مثال خ
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Nina Ruthström
Först tänkte jag nej det här var inga nyheter.
Men sen stod det (typ) så här: att tänka onda elaka tankar är helt ok. Vi behöver inte skuldbelägga oss för vad vi tänker. Vad vi tänker är egentligen oväsentligt, det som avgör är hur vi handlar. Låt oss skrota visdomsordet ”det är tanken som räknas”.
Det var just vad jag vill läsa nu. Jag har hört det förr men bestämmer mig nu för att ta till mig detta som en sanning. Släpp tankarne loss, det är vår!
Och sen det här med att man kan ha egoistiska skä
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Jyow
Nov 15, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book attempts to explore the concept of being kind from a philosophical/ethical and humanistic dimension and I think it has succeeded because it was written from "the heart".
I particularly like the idea of the author introducing another form of intelligence - ethical intelligence which indicates the capacity for doing good.
This is not a Teach Yourself book on how to be kind and therefore, the title is unfortunately somewhat misleading . In fact, when I first shown it to a friend, her immed
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Katie Bullock
Jan 04, 2010 rated it liked it
Wish my in-laws would read it.
Nancy
Sep 17, 2013 rated it it was ok
Shelves: nonfiction, spiritual
okay. in places it is quite interesting, other times very cliche.
E.G. Jönsson
Aug 07, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Stefan Einhorn är inte perfekt. Han kan vara smått skavande med sin förnumstiga inläsning, alla sina manliga författare och referenser, och sin förkärlek för att referera, ofta, ofta, till den judeo-kristna traditionen och andra världskriget. Men det spelar faktiskt ingen roll. Han är vettig och jag känner mig som en rikare människa av att ha läst/lyssnat på hans bok. De etiska och filosofiska teser han driver är sunda, och han bjuder på sin egen personliga utveckling på ett beundransvärt sätt. ...more
Sarah Hurd
Aug 17, 2012 rated it liked it
This book mostly consisted of examples of different kinds of "Kindness" instead of really delving into the actions you should take to be a more kind person. I guess it's just my own idea of what I thought the book would be about. Not what I was expecting and didn't enjoy it as much as I had hoped. ...more
Kate
Jul 24, 2008 rated it really liked it
This book made me think about interactions that you have with people everyday, like family and friends, as well as strangers. It made me realize that one simple act can influence how others will react and so forth. Plus, the more kindness you give off the more will be returned. I borrowed this book from the library but think it would be a good reference book to own and refer back to.
Marius
May 13, 2011 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
The single principle upon which hinges a human, social being is its flair for kindness, but a lack of knowledge can lead the same being to be unkind. Confucius and Einhorn believe in this; and I share their belief.
Timo Virtala
May 01, 2020 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Omistettuaan elämänsä ihmisyyden ongelmalle englantilainen filosofi ja kirjailija Aldous Huxley joutui hiukan nolona tunnustamaan, ettei hänellä ollut antaa muuta elämänohjetta ihmiskunnalle kuin että “yrittäkää olla vähän kiltimpiä.”

Ruotsalainen syöpälääkäri Stefan Einhorn on kirjoittanut aiheesta kirjan nimeltä Aidosti kiltti. Kirjan yksi pääteemoista on sen todistaminen, että kiltteys kannattaa. Kiltteyden avulla menestymme: saamme ystäviä, arvostusta, tunnemme itsemme tärkeäksi, onnistumme y
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Göran
Jul 22, 2008 added it
Kort sammanfattning: Snäll = att handla etiskt. Snällhet och egenintresse är inte motsatser. Man mår bra av att vara snäll. Det är inte tanken som räknas.
Joel
Apr 16, 2018 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Boken kan verka naiv, eller riktad till yngre läsare, men jag tror de flesta som bestämmer sej för att läsa den blir förvånade över hur många tankar den kan väcka hos även de som redan ofta och väl bearbetat detta ämne. Boken är lätt och snabbläst, de exceptionella tankarna faller inte in på varje uppslag, men boken är synnerligen värd att läsas. Ingen har i varje fall något att förlora på det.
Ville Verkkapuro
Apr 22, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Wonderful, simple and wise book about the most important thing in the world: kindness.
Many things I already knew about, studies and experiments from Viktor E. Frankl to Adolf Hitler.
I'd recommend this to anyone.
There's only one rule, babies: be kind.
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Maiju
Aug 03, 2017 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
ihan mukava nopealukuinen kirja (5h tee- ja lounastauoilla). kaikesta en ole ihan samaa mieltä kirjoittajan kanssa mutta se selittynee osittain sukupolvi ja -puoli eroilla.
Marc
May 28, 2017 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: bibliotheek
Inspirerend boek!
Ali  Ashoori
it was a good book but it was more just like an article and memories from Author .
Sahar
Dec 19, 2020 rated it it was ok  ·  review of another edition
نکات خوبی رو عنوان میکنه، اما به شکلی کاملا کسالت آور! آدم خسته میشه از خوندنش. پیشنهاد نمیکنم.
Sebastian Ferger
Aug 07, 2020 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Tack Stefan!
Har aldrig förstått mig på uttrycket
” Det är tanken som räknas”

Ne det är fanimej Handlingen 😊👍
Kyla
Sep 12, 2019 marked it as abandoned
Nope, just can’t get into it. The author has made some comments that seem judgmental and/or counterproductive to genuine kindness.
Boris
Jan 10, 2020 rated it liked it
Interesting read, not an eyeopening book but gets you thinking.
Michal
Mezi třemi a čtyřmi hvězdami. Kniha Dávat a brát podle mě téma podala lépe, nicméně i tato kniha v sobě má něco, kvůli čemu by mi přišlo líto jí dát jen 3 hvězdy. Stojí za to.
Castironpot
Feb 16, 2020 rated it really liked it
Väldigt insiktsfull och intressant läsning.
Joni Kettunen
Jun 29, 2013 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Recommends it for: ajatteleville ihmisille ja kilteille ihmisille
Aidosti kiltti kertoo elämän valinnasta.

Miksi kannattaa olla kiltti ja mitä siitä voi hyötyä?

Kirja käsittelee monipuolisesti kiltteyden hyötyjä, rajoitteita ja aiheeseen liittyviä tutkimustuloksia. Välittömiä hyötyjä löytyy lähipiiristä. Kiltit ihmiset saavat helposti kaikkea hyvää, se heijastuu. Kiltteys ei kuitenkaan tarkoita sitä, että antaa muiden kävellä ylitseen. Rajoitteena nousee esiin ihmisen moraali. Jos päättää elää kilttinä, niin muiden ihmisten hyväksikäyttäminen jää pois keinopale
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Robert Vlach
Jan 03, 2014 rated it it was amazing  ·  review of another edition
Výjimečně zajímavá a podnětná kniha o etice v osobním i pracovním životě, plná příběhů i praktických rad, jak rozvíjet etickou inteligenci v běžných situacích. Autor, Stefan Einhorn, je ve Švédsku profesorem molekulární onkologie, primářem onkologické kliniky a předsedou etické rady při Karolinska Institutet. Největší předností knihy je asi její srozumitelnost pro širší čtenářskou veřejnost. Přes svou jednoduchost má text hloubku a poskytl mi dost podnětů k zamyšlení. Mohu dokonce říci, že s tak ...more
Denise Faulkner
Apr 13, 2013 rated it it was amazing
I loved this book, engaging, interesting and speaks to the condition of the human heart. Particularly of interest are the behaviour of our closest relatives, the apes, and the group examples of behaviour so close to our own. It was well researched, as the author stated, no one, to his knowledge has written a book advocating kindness. Stefan as not afraid of citing examples of other unkind human behaviour of others, and with dignity, teaches us to rise above this and choose to be kind, not least ...more
Jeanine Marie Swenson
Aug 14, 2009 rated it really liked it

Dr. Einhorn develops the idea that, indeed, kindness, compassion and empathy are some of the highest and most evolved human feelings. Starting with internally ethics and morals, he works outward to show how these values can strengthen and empower individuals, families and communities. Despite many of the spoken and unspoken messages of our culture that seem to be reinforcing aggression, selfish behavior and short-term pleasure, Dr. Einhorn develops this idea that it is kindness and taking the pe
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Marita
Dec 11, 2010 rated it it was amazing
Absolutely loved this book I received as a gift from an old lost fiend I reconnected after 26yr, Thanks to Facebook :). So my version was actually in Finnish called: Aidosti Kiltti (Genuinely Nice). I always hear what a doggie eat dog kind of a world we live in but this book by a very successful Swedish doctor and researcher shows us that actually kindness brings on more kindness, happiness and fulfillment both in personal as well as in professional level into a person's life. Very refreshing vi ...more
Paul
Jan 16, 2015 rated it really liked it  ·  review of another edition
Een boek met een zeer wijze les. Hoewel ik het hier en daar niet helemaal eens met met de aangevoerde redenaties, onderschrijf ik zeker de eindconclusie. Vind het ook erg mooi hoe de schrijver er in slaagt verschillende geloven en levensovertuigingen mee te nemen in zijn uitleg, zonder daar (voor zover mijn kennis daarover reikt) inhoudelijk een oordeel over te vellen, maar juist een positief geluid laat horen.
Khalid
Apr 05, 2008 rated it liked it  ·  review of another edition
Shelves: already-read
This books aims at telling you how to be a kind person. While it was enjoyable to read, I did not find this book to be addressing the issue exactly. The author seemed to be beating around the bush often, and his stories were not always so relevant. Still though, I believe it was worth reading, and the value it adds is appreciated. I hope I can be a kinder person now!
Krishna Kumar
May 04, 2015 rated it really liked it
This is primarily an ethics book discussing the concept of kindness in various situations. It attempts to explain what true kindness is and also explores situations where people create harm by assuming what they do is a kind act. The author tries to look at kindness in different cultures, but it is not given sufficiently good treatment. Overall, a good book.
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Stefan Einhorn is a professor of molecular oncology at Karolinska Institutet and a medical doctor specialised in oncology. He is also the chairman of the ethics counsil at Karolinska Institutet. He has written several very popular books on science and philosophy, such as The Art of Being Kind and The Concealed God.

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