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Wish you could improve a relationship with your spouse, in-laws, children, friends, or co-workers? By making three small changes, you can! Sharing a 30-day step-by-step plan---plus real-life examples---Feldhahn will help you modify your mindset, change your habits, and embrace the power of kindness in order to transform hurting relationships into healthy ones. 224 pages, hardcover from Waterbrook.

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Publication Date: 2016
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One month to a great relationship… with anyone!

Think of your toughest relationship. Think of a relationship that is good but could be great. Think of a group of people that drives you nuts. You want to show more kindness and generosity, but sometimes you’re just tired, stretched, and frustrated. Besides, would small actions make that big a difference? Yes!

After years of extensive research, Shaunti Feldhahn has concluded that kindness is a superpower. It can change any relationship, make your life easier and better, and transform our culture. But how does it work? And how can you show kindness when you don’t feel like it?

In The Kindness Challenge, Shaunti explores….
* Three simple acts that make all the difference in any relationship (with a spouse, child, co-worker, brother-in-law…)
* Whether kindness is ever the wrong approach 
* The seven ways you may be unkind and never realize it 
* Eight types of kindness—and which might be the best fit for you
* Ten sneaky obstacles that get in the way of giving praise
* Practical ways to persevere when kindness is tough
* How kindness in marriage leads to benefits in the bedroom (yes, really!)
* Why your acts of kindness today can help transform the world

With self-assessments, day-to-day tips, a 30-day challenge, and specific kindness ideas, The Kindness Challenge can make your toughest relationships better and your good relationships great—starting today.

Try the 30 Day Kindness Challenge and be a part of a kindness revolution in your home, your world, and yourself.


Have We Ever Needed Kindness More?
 
In The Kindness Challenge, innovative researcher Shaunti Feldhahn reveals three simple steps proven to make any interaction better and any relationship thrive—whether with a romantic partner, coworkers, a child, siblings, your hard-to-please stepmother, or rude people at the grocery store. You’ll learn which ways of acting, speaking, and thinking will make the greatest difference for your life.

Doing these simple acts for thirty days not only has power to change the other person—it has the power to change you!

In these pages, Shaunti introduces you to a host of people from all walks of life who have tested the 30-Day Kindness Challenge in real-life situations and have seen the difference it makes. She shows you the inspiring results of her before-and-after surveys. And she challenges you not only to try the 30-Day Kindness Challenge for yourself but to be a part of the movement to transform our culture.

Author Bio

Social researcher and international speaker Shaunti Feldhahn is the author of many groundbreaking books, including For Women Only, For Men Only, The Male Factor, and The Surprising Secrets of Highly Happy Marriages, which have sold more than two million copies in twenty-four languages.

Shaunti earned her master’s degree at Harvard University and worked on Wall Street and Capitol Hill before developing an innovative research method to deliver insights about personal and work relationships that most people miss. Shaunti’s findings are regularly featured in media as diverse as The New York Times and Patheos, Cosmo and iMom.

Shaunti’s husband Jeff is the founder of World2One, a disruptive pro-privacy marketing technology. The Feldhahns live in Atlanta with their teenage daughter and son, and two cats who think they are dogs.

Endorsements

"Some sociologists have called our culture the argument culture. We focus on our differences and freely shoot verbal bombs at each other. I can't believe that any of us are happy with the divisiveness we have created. Is there a road back to civility? I believe there is, and Shaunti Feldhahn is pointing the way with The Kindness Challenge. I highly recommend this book and believe it has the potential of changing the emotional climate in our culture." - GARY CHAPMAN, PHD, author of The Five Love Languages

"This book is an amazingly powerful tool that will transform your heart and your relationships from the inside out." - LYSA TERKEURST, New York Times best-selling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"Shaunti Feldhahn did it again. Where others make guesses, she does research. Kindness isn't just something nice to do; it's a game changer in all of our relationships. I encourage you to take that kindness challenge." - CHIP INGRAM, founder of Living on the Edge and senior pastor of Venture Christian Church

"If kindness means care and concern for others, when would it ever be the wrong approach? Imagine a world that is not rude, self-serving, impatient, and hurried. Shaunti Feldhahn challenges us to rise above culture, open our hearts, and experience the life changing benefits of kindness. We desperately need this kindness challenge!" - CHERYL A. BACHELDER, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. and author of Dare to Serve

"In her latest book, Shaunti Feldhahn has touched on one of the most important elements of any healthy relationship-kindness! We all know we should be kind, but do we know why? And how? Shaunti has provided an inspiring roadmap for anyone who wants to nurture their most important relationships." - JIM DALY, president of Focus on the Family

"Just when I thought I understood what it meant to be kind, along came Shaunti Feldhahn. Her compelling evidence taught me that there's more than meets the eye when it comes to weaving kindness into our everyday lives. After reading this book, I took the challenge - and it transformed my relationships. Shaunti believes kindness is a superpower, and I agree 100 percent." - CHRIS BROWN, national radio show host of Chris Brown's True Stewardship, a division of Dave Ramsey Solutions

"This concept is so simple, so profound, so doable, and so inspiring. I am taking the kindness challenge, and it is making a difference in my heart and in my home. Truly, as Shaunti's research proves, the kinder you are, the happier you are. I am recommending this book to everyone who has any relationship issues or anyone who just flat-out wants to be a happier, wiser person." - JENNIFER ROTHSCHILD, author of Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Me, Myself and Lies

"Struggling to show kindness to that difficult person in your life? This book will equip you with the motivation, the inspiration, and the practical tools to transform your relationships-even for those really hard-to-love co-workers and family members!" - CRYSTAL PAINE, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times best-selling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

"Shaunti Feldhahn is the Relationship Whisperer. Her groundbreaking research, brilliant insights, practical applications, and inspiring calls to action will transform your relationships in profound ways. Imagine how different your life would look if your most difficult relationship became one of your healthiest. The Kindness Challenge can make that a reality. Shaunti lays out a compelling plan that has already improved countless relationships, and it will undoubtedly work for you as well. Guaranteed." - DAVE AND ASHLEY WILLIS, best-selling authors and founders of StrongerMarriages.org

"I hope The Kindness Challenge becomes a worldwide movement of changed lives. The power of kindness has the capacity to transform any marriage, family, and even work environment. You can't take on this challenge and not improve your life. I took Shaunti's kindness challenge personally, and I invite you to do the same. Kindness matters. Spread the word." - JIM BURNS, PHD, president of HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

"The Kindness Challenge is the right book at the right time. With our world becoming harsher and coarser, Shaunti's message of love is a God-sent antidote. She's captured how being kind changes our hearts toward other people, and how God mysteriously uses that kindness superpower to change everything! Get ready to be rocked by kindness." - CHUCK FINNEY, president of Finney Media

"Got a grumpy neighbor? A rocky relationship with a friend? A family member who gets on your very last nerve? If you've ever longed to see these people change their behavior, then this book - well, it won't do that. But it will empower you to change the four things you actually can: your perspective, your attitude, your actions, and your reactions. The Kindness Challenge is a practical tool that will transform the way you view-and treat-others as you make it your habit to praise rather than pester, to impart kindness rather than criticism, and to treat others with generosity and dignity, just as Jesus did. Highly recommended!" - KAREN EHMAN, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times best-selling author of Keep It Shut and Listen, Love, Repeat

"Stop whatever you're doing and read this book! Take the challenge! Why? Because it's about to revolutionize your relationships. All of them. And it's easier than you might imagine. Shaunti lays out a proven and practical plan that anyone can follow. Your life won't be the same after reading this book." - DRS. LES AND LESLIE PARROTT, #1 New York Times best-selling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

"Shaunti has done it again! The Kindness Challenge is another example of how she pulls golden nuggets out of research. She offers up three easy, practical steps you can make in your relationships to take them to the next level." - CRAIG GROSS, founder of XXXchurch.com and co-author of Through a Man's Eyes

"We are all looking for the easy button in relationships. Shaunti has helped us find it. While it's not always easy to be kind-especially when we really don't want to be-it matters greatly in the relationships that mean so much to us. I'm taking the words on these pages seriously, and I hope you will too!" - JILL SAVAGE, CEO of Hearts at Home and author of No More Perfect Marriages

"Shaunti Feldhahn is right when she says kindness is a superpower. Whether you decide to embrace the kindness challenge for your spouse, child, or neighbor, your life will be changed. The Kindness Challenge is a great first step in loving others well." - MARK AND SUSAN MERRILL, founders of Family First, All Pro Dad, and iMom

"In a world that understands payback but not patience, a world that is not only thoughtless but has completely forgotten how to say thank you, The Kindness Challenge is a desperately needed resource. Learning not only to get along with people but to invest in them with the purposeful, intentional act of being kind is both world changing and people changing. Take the challenge to change those you love with kindness-and let kindness change the very essence of who you are." - KATHI LIPP, best-selling author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free, and Overwhelmed

Editorial Reviews

"Some sociologists have called our culture the argument culture. We focus on our differences and freely shoot verbal bombs at each other. I can’t believe that any of us are happy with the divisiveness we have created. Is there a road back to civility? I believe there is, and Shaunti Feldhahn is pointing the way with The Kindness Challenge. I highly recommend this book and believe it has the potential of changing the emotional climate in our culture."
—Gary Chapman, PhD, author of The Five Love Languages

"This book is an amazingly powerful tool that will transform your heart and your relationships from the inside out."
—Lysa TerKeurst, New York Times bestselling author and president of Proverbs 31 Ministries

"Shaunti Feldhahn did it again. Where others make guesses, she does research. Kindness isn’t just something nice to do; it’s a game changer in all of our relationships. I encourage you to take that kindness challenge."
—Chip Ingram, founder of Living on the Edge and senior pastor of Venture Christian Church

"If kindness means care and concern for others, when would it ever be the wrong approach? Imagine a world that is not rude, self-serving, impatient, and hurried. Shaunti Feldhahn challenges us to rise above culture, open our hearts, and experience the life changing benefits of kindness. We desperately need this kindness challenge!"
—Cheryl A. Bachelder, CEO of Popeyes Louisiana Kitchen Inc. and author of Dare to Serve

"In her latest book, Shaunti Feldhahn has touched on one of the most important elements of any healthy relationship—kindness! We all know we should be kind, but do we know why? And how? Shaunti has provided an inspiring roadmap for anyone who wants to nurture their most important relationships."
—Jim Daly, president of Focus on the Family

"Just when I thought I understood what it meant to be kind, along came Shaunti Feldhahn. Her compelling evidence taught me that there’s more than meets the eye when it comes to weaving kindness into our everyday lives. After reading this book, I took the challenge—and it transformed my relationships. Shaunti believes kindness is a superpower, and I agree 100 percent."
—Chris Brown, national radio show host of Chris Brown’s True Stewardship, a division of Dave Ramsey Solutions

"This concept is so simple, so profound, so doable, and so inspiring. I am taking the kindness challenge, and it is making a difference in my heart and in my home. Truly, as Shaunti’s research proves, the kinder you are, the happier you are. I am recommending this book to everyone who has any relationship issues or anyone who just flat-out wants to be a happier, wiser person."
—Jennifer Rothschild, author of Lessons I Learned in the Dark and Me, Myself and Lies

"Struggling to show kindness to that difficult person in your life? This book will equip you with the motivation, the inspiration, and the practical tools to transform your relationships—even for those really hard-to-love co-workers and family members!"
—Crystal Paine, founder of MoneySavingMom.com and New York Times bestselling author of Say Goodbye to Survival Mode

"Shaunti Feldhahn is the Relationship Whisperer. Her groundbreaking research, brilliant insights, practical applications, and inspiring calls to action will transform your relationships in profound ways. Imagine how different your life would look if your most difficult relationship became one of your healthiest. The Kindness Challenge can make that a reality. Shaunti lays out a compelling plan that has already improved countless relationships, and it will undoubtedly work for you as well. Guaranteed."
—Dave and Ashley Willis, bestselling authors and founders of StrongerMarriages.org

"I hope The Kindness Challenge becomes a worldwide movement of changed lives. The power of kindness has the capacity to transform any marriage, family, and even work environment. You can’t take on this challenge and not improve your life. I took Shaunti’s kindness challenge personally, and I invite you to do the same. Kindness matters. Spread the word."
—Jim Burns, PhD, president of HomeWord, author of Creating an Intimate Marriage and Confident Parenting

"The Kindness Challenge is the right book at the right time. With our world becoming harsher and coarser, Shaunti’s message of love is a God-sent antidote. She’s captured how being kind changes our hearts toward other people, and how God mysteriously uses that kindness superpower to change everything! Get ready to be rocked by kindness."
—Chuck Finney, president of Finney Media

"Got a grumpy neighbor? A rocky relationship with a friend? A family member who gets on your very last nerve? If you’ve ever longed to see these people change their behavior, then this book…well, it won’t do that. But it will empower you to change the four things you actually can: your perspective, your attitude, your actions, and your reactions. The Kindness Challenge is a practical tool that will transform the way you view—and treat—others as you make it your habit to praise rather than pester, to impart kindness rather than criticism, and to treat others with generosity and dignity, just as Jesus did. Highly recommended!"
—Karen Ehman, Proverbs 31 Ministries speaker and New York Times bestselling author of Keep It Shut and Listen, Love, Repeat

"Stop whatever you’re doing and read this book! Take the challenge! Why? Because it’s about to revolutionize your relationships. All of them. And it’s easier than you might imagine. Shaunti lays out a proven and practical plan that anyone can follow. Your life won’t be the same after reading this book."
—Drs. Les and Leslie Parrott, #1 New York Times bestselling authors of Saving Your Marriage Before It Starts

"Shaunti has done it again! The Kindness Challenge is another example of how she pulls golden nuggets out of research. She offers up three easy, practical steps you can make in your relationships to take them to the next level."
—Craig Gross, founder of XXXchurch.com and co-author of Through a Man’s Eyes

"We are all looking for the easy button in relationships. Shaunti has helped us find it. While it’s not always easy to be kind—especially when we really don’t want to be—it matters greatly in the relationships that mean so much to us. I’m taking the words on these pages seriously, and I hope you will too!"
—Jill Savage, CEO of Hearts at Home and author of No More Perfect Marriages

"Shaunti Feldhahn is right when she says kindness is a superpower. Whether you decide to embrace the kindness challenge for your spouse, child, or neighbor, your life will be changed. The Kindness Challenge is a great first step in loving others well."
—Mark and Susan Merrill, founders of Family First, All Pro Dad, and iMom

"In a world that understands payback but not patience, a world that is not only thoughtless but has completely forgotten how to say thank you, The Kindness Challenge is a desperately needed resource. Learning not only to get along with people but to invest in them with the purposeful, intentional act of being kind is both world changing and people changing. Take the challenge to change those you love with kindness—and let kindness change the very essence of who you are."
—Kathi Lipp, bestselling author of The Husband Project, Clutter Free, and Overwhelmed

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  1. Cheryl
    Prospect,KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    So very timely
    February 2, 2017
    Cheryl
    Prospect,KY
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Today, I gave up social media for awhile. Why? I had to search for something good, kind, and lovely. The world seems so full of hate and hopelessness and I have had enough. I may not be able to change the world on social media but I certainly have the power to take measures to keep it from changing me.

    Enough of that soapbox but I hope you see the connection. One of my New Year's "resolutions" was to give effort toward two meaningful friendships this year. My children are grown. I am married to my best friend and am with him almost 24/7 since we work in the same building. But I find myself lacking true female companionship so this new book by Shaunti Feldhahn caught my eye immediately. It may not have been the purpose for which she wrote The Kindness Challenge but it has been a number of years since I felt I had the time to cultivate relationships with other women so thought it the perfect place to begin. The one thing that struck me right off was Feldhahn's showing me how kindness didn't just matter and make a difference to those I wanted to improve a relationship with but it also change me.

    Feldhahn's down to earth way to saying thing and her writing style make this an easy read in a day but the challenges and ideas will remain with you much, much longer. She is quick to point out how I may be messing up my relationships with others and gives easy to put into practice ideas/strategies for improving your relationship with your spouse and others. Her ideas are more than just being nice, it is about being kind. I recently saw a commercial or quote about nice being just a simple, perhaps one-time thing you do. Kindness is more about who you are as a person. Feldhahn brings that straight home.

    It seems as if, with my husband, I have been on track with the first of Feldhahn's three step process but can always use a reminder to "never say anything negative to or about another person....ever". That is a practice I have tried to incorporate into my entire marriage. I never wanted anyone else to think anything other than that my husband was "perfect"--at least not from my mouth. Her second suggestion--find something you can genuinely praise and appreciate in that person and make certain they are aware of it. Third--do an act of kindness for the person. While these all seem like simple steps, Feldhahn suggests we're not quite as good at being kind in this way as we may think we are and provides simple strategies that you can incorporate into your day and relationships. If taken to heart, this book WILL change your relationships...guaranteed.

    I did receive this book free from the publisher in exchange for an honest review and was in no way obligated to write a positive one. Two thumbs up to Shaunti Feldhahn for her new release, The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship.
  2. bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Encouragement and lots of practical ideas
    January 13, 2017
    bookwomanjoan
    Oak Harbor, WA
    Age: Over 65
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    Kindness is a simple concept but what a difference it makes in the lives of others - and our own. In fact, Feldham says the factor above all others that helps us thrive is not how we are treated but how we choose to treat others. Our happiness starts with the choice to be kind, especially when we don't feel like it.

    Unlike other books I have recently read, Feldham not only encourages us to be kind but actually gives us lots of strategies to do so. It's not easy as we live in a culture of unkindness. We have to be purposeful and persistent. Feldham gives specific yet simple steps to help us be kind to our spouses and to others in general. She includes thirty suggestions for husbands, another thirty for wives, and then a final thirty for being kind to another person in general. She even helps us find out what we might be doing to sabotage our relationships.

    I was surprised that Feldham writes that a decision to be unconditionally kind takes away the power of others to make us crazy. She also informs us that kindness is not the same as being nice or not rocking the boat. Being kind does not mean avoiding challenges.

    I am impressed with this book. I expected the encouragement and the stories as illustrations. What I didn't expect was so many practical ideas for showing kindness. Her chapters containing the thirty days of suggestions are great. Her ideas on the eight types of kindness are great too.

    I highly recommend this book for all readers. We need to practice more kindness and this book is full of practical ideas to help us on the way. Feldham says it takes thirty days to change our thinking and habits but again, there is plenty of material in the book for that. She even provides a website where one can get an assessment and sign up for thirty days of emails with encouraging ideas.

    Food for thought: It is only when you are actively kind to someone who is not kind to you that you see the true power of Christ-like kindness.

    I received a complimentary egalley of this book from the publisher. My comments are an independent and honest review.
  3. Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    Great Asset For Improving Relationships With Others - And Yourself
    December 27, 2016
    Deuce Skunks
    Springfield, MO
    Age: 25-34
    Gender: Female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days To Improve Any Relationship by Shaunti Feldhahn is more than just a 30-day plan to motivate you to be kind to others. Through extensive research combined with her understanding of human behavior, Shauntiexplains why kindness is the answer to so many of life's problems. While most people would readily admit that they aren't as kind as they could be 100% of the time, this book reveals that there's more to being kind than simply biting your tongue. It takes sincere effort to be kind when faced with everyday challenges in our current society.

    The base plan of the 30-day challenge is merely the same three steps repeated every day:

    1) Don't say anything negative about the other person

    2)Find one thing to praise or affirm, and tell both the other person and someone else

    3) Do one small act of kindness or generosity for the person

    In case you're thinking that that(in and of itself) is not enough to warrant reading an entire book, you're absolutely right! This book contains so much more than just those steps. Shauntioutlines the "Seven Types Of Negativity You Didn't Know You Had", "Overcoming Ten Tricky Traps" while giving praise, and eight different types of kindness so that you can select options that best suit your personality and specific situation.

    The end of the book contains three separate 30-day plans with acts of kindness laid out and ready to go so that you don't have to struggle to come up with ideas. Why three separate plans? One is for wives using this book to be closer to their husbands, the second is for husbands longing to be closer to their wives, and that third plan is for everyone else (colleagues, parents, grown children, dealing with your kid's softball coach, etc.).

    I think this book is a great asset for someone looking to soften a cold marital relationship or reignite the flames if it's simply gone lukewarm. As for using it in other situations, as with children or co-workers, I think it would work if the negativity from the other party is not overtly hostile. But even if youfollow the plan and it doesn't improve the intended relationship, it will improve your outlook on life and other relationships around you. 5/5 stars.

    *I received a free print copy of this book from Blogging For Books for the purpose of an honest review. All opinions are my own.*
  4. Scotty
    4 Stars Out Of 5
    Author makes a great and timely dare for 2017 ...
    December 22, 2016
    Scotty
    Quality: 4
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 4
    If youre what we think of as an average person, you probably think of yourself as a kind person.

    BUT, youre probably not quite as kind as you think you are.

    Dont mistake kind for nice, there is a distinct and important difference. Even though most of us would consider ourselves to be kind, chances are you suffer from a little kindness blindness and fixing that could be transformative to your life by directly impacting your relationships.

    At least, so claims Shaunti Feldhahn, in her newly released book, The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship (published by WaterBrook).

    I love this book for a very simple reason we grossly underestimate the importance of kindness in our human interactions, and overestimate just how kind we really are. Feldhahn does an effective job of providing us with new insights as to why kindness is so valuable to our relationships, and how purposely focusing on becoming more kind can have a major impact in our lives.

    Feldhahn isnt talking just from an opinion on the subject of kindness; she is a Christian, Harvard-trained researcher who has spent years delving into this topic, and this book provides us with the benefit of her professional research.

    The path to our happy place starts with one choice: whether or not to be kind. Especially when we really dont want to be, writes Feldhahn.

    Weve spent years studying, investigating, refining, testing, and quantifying specific steps that make a huge difference to any relationship. Ill be sharing those in the pages ahead. But when it comes right down to it, the bottom line is pretty simple: be kind. The concept is simple, but that doesnt mean it is effortless, in part because we really dont know how to be kind. You may find that absurd. But I promise you: you almost certainly dont. At least not in the way that works best. And what works best is what Ill be walking you through in this book, Feldhahn writes.

    The author first helps us understand the vital need for being kind and how kindness impacts all of our human interactions, and then urges her readers to take on a 30-day kindness challenge to purposely become a more kind person. However, Feldhahn doesnt leaving us hanging with just a simple challenge; she defines what is involved in a purposeful pursuit to becoming more kind and breaks down her challenge for us

    This book will help us figure out which specific elements of kindness we need to work on and how, identify specific actions we might need to do (or not do!), and then dare each of us to take the 30-Day Kindness Challenge, not just to improve a specific relationship but to be part of a culture-transforming movement

    This book is timely because it doesnt take a genius or Harvard-trained researcher to look around us and see theres a great need for more kindness from all of us, especially if were seriously about walking in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. And, as were on the verge of entering a New Year, what better challenge can we take into 2017 than committing to become more kind?

    I received this book free from the publisher in exchange for this review. I was not required to write a positive review. The opinions I have expressed are my own. I am disclosing this in accordance with the Federal Trade Commissions 16 CFR, Part 255: Guides Concerning the Use of Endorsements and Testimonials in Advertising.
  5. Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    5 Stars Out Of 5
    The Kindness Challenge
    November 29, 2016
    Kara
    Age: 45-54
    Gender: female
    Quality: 5
    Value: 5
    Meets Expectations: 5
    The Kindness Challenge: Thirty Days to Improve Any Relationship, by Shaunti Feldhahn, presents a marvelous plan for improving any type of relationship. It proves helpful with spouses, coworkers, children, friends, in-laws, and more.

    The book presents three main steps to taking the Kindness Challenge. For thirty days, one should do the following three things: Say nothing negative to the other person or about them to anyone else, find one positive thing that you can sincerely praise or affirm about them and tell them and one other person, and do a small act of kindness or generosity for your person daily. The author proceeds to offer specific ways to be kind, something people often think that they know but truly do not. Some of these are: perform small acts of service, give or share something precious, dont respond in kind, focus attention on the other person and be approachable, be fully present in their world, and assume the best. The book ends with specific plans for husbands or wives to use with their spouses.

    This book was well-written and would be useful for anyone attempting to improve relationships with someone else.

    Kara

    I received this book free from the publisher and was not required to write a positive review.
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