The Keys to Kindness
Subtitle How to be Kinder to Yourself, Others and the World
By Claudia Hammond
Published By

Canongate Books

Publication Date 11/10/2022
Price 16.99


Claudia Hammond takes us on an eye-opening tour of kindness: what constitutes kindness (it’s not what you think), effective strategies to build more of it into our lives and the benefits of being kind. She draws on the latest research from psychology and neuroscience, and her work in collaboration with the University of Sussex and the BBC, including the largest global survey ever undertaken into attitudes to kindness. The book is structured around the seven keys of kindness.

Authors Biography

Claudia Hammond is an award-winning writer and broadcaster. She is Visiting Professor of the Public Understanding of Psychology at the University of Sussex and is the presenter of BBC Radio 4’s All in the Mind. She has been awarded the President’s Medal among other awards and is the author of Emotional Rollercoaster, Mind over Money, Time Warped, which won the Aeon Transmission Award and the BPS’ Best Popular Science Book Award, and The Art of Rest, which was also shortlisted for the latter and was picked for Waterstones Non-Fiction Book of the Month.

Leave a comment about this book:


  1. Brilliant. A must read.

  2. A book everybody should read. . Being kind to someone will often make that person’s day,and will make the giver of that kindness a much better person.

  3. A comprehensive finding based on an extensive academic survey.

  4. A remarkable book that makes you question your actions, and if everyone read it the world would be a better place. It also made me laugh out loud.

  5. Kinda like it!

  6. Since reading this book I notice all the kindness. There is a lot of kindness everywhere.

  7. Love this book. It’s had such a big impact too in helping people to see the value of kindness for everyone in society

  8. Great book. Listened to the audio version in the car with my sister. Claudia is an excellent reader so it was even more enjoyable. We also went to hear Claudia speak in Frome which was lovely. Made us think about looking out for kindness in all places.
    The Art of Rest also by CH is also excellent.

  9. This sounds like a great book which I shall definitely get. More kindness is needed in this world of today to make it bearable to live.

  10. Claudia shows remarkable insight and also Academic research into our behaviour and treatment to others .

  11. Claudia shows remarkable insight into our behaviour to others ,together with Academic research

  12. A very insightful book. You can never have too much kindness 😀

  13. A really insightful well research book. Strongly recommend everyone reads it!

  14. A really insightful book and definitely food for thought. Whilst reading some of the content the book also reminds you about your own experiences.
    It also made me smile often!
    Kind acts can also be small but still make a really significant difference.

  15. Such an important subject.
    Especially needed in the times we live in.
    Everyone could benefit from reading and implementing some of the wisdom from this well written book.

  16. I worked with Claudia when she was in Kenya and my experience with her was amazing. From the way she interacted with the Athletes while doing her story on the Life circle of an athlete to the children who participated in her experimental run was out of this word. Her Kindness and professional approach at the way she interacted with the hospital where we visited to conduct interviews spoke volumes and I’m glad and ready to look at how much she has included in her book.

    Thank you.

  17. A hugely important and timely book.

  18. Claudia has the rare ability to present scientific research in a highly readable and entertaining way. Kindness is a wonderful topic which we can all relate to and benefit from. I hope that you enjoy this book as much as I did.

  19. The book we could all do with to enhance our lives and the lives of those around us.

  20. A fascinating, clever book – and one we should all read to enhance our lives

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