Introduction

We are all here on earth to help others; what on earth the others are here for I don’t know.

comedian John Foster Hall, quoted by W. H. Auden

We need more kindness!

It’s easy to think that bad things happen in the world all the time; a continual stream of headlines describing all sorts of horrors and wrongdoings can keep us in a near permanent state of worry and mistrust. Sometimes it can feel like everyone’s out to get each other. Having to deal with constantly horrifying news is not good for any of us. But what, if anything, can you do about it all?

In his book The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People, Stephen Covey explains the concept of the ‘Circle of Concern’ and the ‘Circle of Influence’. The Circle of Concern is ...

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