My second post of the day is a review on the blog tour for The Kindness Journal by Jamie Thurston.  I’m delighted to be one of the closing stops for this…….

about the kindness journal

Kindness is something we all have to give and we all need, regardless of status or background. The current global effort to protect our communities’ most vulnerable shows how kindness spreads and that when we are kind to others it lifts our spirits. In The Kindness Journal, Jaime Thurston, founder of the charity 52 Lives, motivates and inspires readers to practice kindness as much for their own wellbeing as for the wellbeing of others.

The book will help readers cultivate kindness habits, with simple exercises that make a positive impact on others and themselves, and provide a place for readers to acknowledge and remind themselves how being kind to others made them feel. Through prompts suggesting simple actions, inspirational quotes and scientifically supported facts, readers will understand the positive effect kindness has on our physical and mental health.

52 Lives is a registered charity that has been changing a life every week since 2013, with the support of almost 100,000 strangers who work collectively to help a person in need of some kindness. Through the charity, Jaime sees first-hand the impact kindness has, not only on those we are kind to but on us when we are kind.

my thoughts

This is a wonderful little book.  With lots of colour, beautiful illustrations and positive quotes throughout, you won’t be able to not smile at this.  This has come at a brilliant time.  With all the acts of kindness taking place throughout 2020, this will make you stop and think about what you did, what acts of kindness affected you and what you can do to be kind on a daily basis – not only to others, but to yourself too.

It will help you work through barriers and get you thinking about where and who you struggle to be kind to, and why. It helps you to think about the people you may have lost contact with and how you can reconnect; how you can forgive yourself and others; what things you would like to, and should start, saying no to; gratitude and more.

I particularly liked the idea of writing a love letter to yourself.  We’re often so hard on ourselves and rarely take time out to think about the things that we are good at, and the things that others may be grateful to us for.  But this is just one of many activities to carry out, each one will make you think and get you being kinder to yourself and others.

Honestly, this is a fabulous little journal and I’m truly grateful for my copy.  I’m having great fun working through it and completing it and it really does get you thinking and making changes.  I’m looking forward to making my daily kindness plan and will be implementing it from February 1st!  I’d love to know if you do this too and how you get on.

So overall, if you’re looking for a wonderful, feel good, happy, beautiful and thought provoking journal that will really help to pick you up, lighten your mood and help you put positive actions in your life, then this is for you.

Not only is this an amazing little book, but 10% of the profits from the book go to the charity, 52 Lives, a kindness charity.  You can find out more about them, and the wonderful things they do, here.

Highly recommended by me.



about the author

Jaime is the founder of 52 Lives – a charity and global movement that aims to change a life every week and spread kindness.

What started as a simple Facebook page encouraging her friends and family to help people changed overnight after Jaime was featured on ITV’s Surprise Surprise. Soon after, 52 Lives became a registered charity and now has almost 100,000 supporters around the world.

Jaime is originally from Australia. She began her career as a journalist, before moving to the UK, where she worked for a Member of the European Parliament, a wildlife charity and an organisation that supported families of prisoners. She was a Member of the Independent Monitoring Board for a local prison, and a Trustee of a Richmond-based charity that helped isolated groups of people. She now runs 52 Lives and recently launched a School Kindness Project, aiming to empower children to make a difference in the world through kindness.

Jaime was named Clarins Most Dynamisante Woman of the Year in 2016. She also received a Points of Light Award from former UK Prime Minister David Cameron and a Richmond Community Award for her work.

Jaime lives in Berkshire with her partner Greig and her three children, Abbey, Max and Joseph.

follow the tour

Thanks to Love Books Tours for inviting me onto the tour, and to the author and publisher for gifting me with a copy of the book.  All views and opinions are my own.

Doesn’t this sound wonderful? Let me know if you buy it for yourself, how it helps and what you think!

Have a fabulous Sunday lovelies

Chelle x

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