I’ve been thinking a lot about kindness lately, having received so much of it in the past several weeks. I’ve been struck with how deeply kindness can connect us with each other, how it is caring and compassion in action. It makes suffering bearable. I never realized before how much kindness matters, even in the smallest gestures. A smile, a thank you. Taking a moment to listen. Maybe it’s all that matters. Many of us find it difficult to receive kindness, but doing so is itself a kindness, since it allows others to experience the goodness of being kind. I haven’t had time to read more than the review, but this book looks like a worthwhile exploration of our complicated relationship with kindness: Book Review | ‘On Kindness,’ by Adam Phillips and Barbara Taylor.