In the New York Times best-seller based on the author’s convocation address at Syracuse University, George Saunders writes, “Here’s something I know to be true: What I regret most in my life are failures of kindness. Those moments when another human being was there, in front of me, suffering, and I responded sensibly. Reservedly. Mildly.”

The author continued, “Or to look at it from the other end of the telescope: Who, in your life, do you remember most fondly, with the most undeniable feelings of warmth? Those who were kindest to you, I bet.”

And then, he offered, “It’s a little simplistic, maybe, and certainly hard to implement, but I’d say, as a goal in life, you could do worse than this: Try to be kinder.” -1

1- Saunders, G. “Congratulations, by the way: Some Thoughts on Kindness.”


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