Like ripples in a pond, generous acts of kindness, compassion and encouragement have a way of nurturing and expanding the growth, character and achievement of the receiver. Gestures like these can be life-changing, as most folks have experienced at some point in their lives.
In his newest book, A Splash of Kindness: The Ripple Effect of Compassion, Courage and Character, John Starley Allen shares true stories about the impact of compassion, encouragement and kindness. Some come from his personal experiences while others involve people (some well-known) who built on kindness in accomplishing great things.
Listen in as John and Dr. Sutton discuss how a junior high school coach named Pop Riley encouraged Jesse Owens, the malnourished son of a share cropper, all the way to four gold medals in the 1936 Berlin Olympics. Listen, also, as they share life-lifting turning points in their own lives, personally verifying the power and timeliness of support, kindness and encouragement.
It’s important that we teach our children to be receptive to and grateful for the kindness and help of others. And, of course, we should instruct them well in becoming a source of encouragement in their everyday lives.
In addition to A Splash of Kindness, John is also the author of the holiday novel, Christmas Gifts, Christmas Voices. He’s also an accomplished songwriter, having received a gold record for a song he co-wrote with Motown’s Smokey Robinson. John has also performed at Nashville’s iconic Bluebird Cafe. (27:01)
BONUS: Reflect along with John as he observes a relationship in this article written for The Changing Behavior Network: Incident at the Pharmacy.
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