This Book Will Make You Kinder
Henry James Garrett
‘Heart-swelling in its wholesomeness’ – Gina Martin
‘A reminder of the life-changing power of empathy’ – Emma Gannon
Why are you kind? Could you be kinder?
The kindness we owe one another goes far beyond everyday gestures like taking out the neighbour’s bins – although it’s important not to downplay those small acts. Kindness can also mean much more. In this timely, insightful guide, Henry James Garrett lays out the case for developing a strong, courageous, moral kindness, one that will help you fight cruelty and make the world a more empathetic place.
Building on his academic studies in metaethics and using his signature sweet animal cartoons, Henry explores the sources and the limitations of human empathy and the many ways, big and small, that we can work toward being our best and kindest selves. A world in which everyone was the fully-empathetic of version of themselves would be a very kind world indeed. And that’s the world this book will move us toward.
Henry Garrett is one of my favourite people to follow on Instagram and as a human ... This Book Will Make You Kinder is not just beautiful to look at but feels urgent in its message. For many reasons we are in danger of becoming disconnected and dehumanized, and this book is a reminder of the life-changing power of empathy. -- Emma Gannon Interspersed with Henry's beautifully metaphorical illustrations, this is a great and easy-reading practical exploration of what kindness means in the modern world -- Matt Haig I have been a fan of Henry's work for a long time and I'm excited for more people to see it. -- Jameela Jamil This Book Will Make You Kinder blends distinctly human comics with an academic approach to understanding empathy, from a near-expert on the subject. -- Adam J Kurtz Both a compelling philosophical exploration of morality and a strategic guide to expanding our collective capacity for empathy, this slim book makes an elegant (and beautifully illustrated) case for power of kindness. Smart, humane, and life-altering. -- Thomas Page McBee If kindness and empathy is the best of humanity this book is a roadmap to it. Accessible, beautifully illustrated, at times heart-swelling in its wholesomeness, and at others inviting you to consider philosophical ideas, it'll sink your brain into a warm bath and, in turn, you'll return a kinder person ready to raise the bar on humanity. -- Gina Martin
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