When we act kindly, others are nicer to us. Kindness puts us in touch with a deep sense of joy-the joy of lifting another’s burden, the joy of being of service, the joy of transcending our selfish desires to care for another. “Should there be any surprise that acts of kindness that connect us to others and to the Divine are followed by the sacred emotion of joy?” asks the author. Kindness and joy are deeply connected and are as readily accessible as the next small courtesy you pay to another. By explaining What kindness is and What it is not, Psychiatrist Harold G. Koenig outlines steps to help you become more kind and learn how to express it in everyday situations. He shares the research that indicates those who care about others live longer, happier lives and experience improved physical and mental health.