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The Kindness Advantage is Out on Audio Book

In commemoration of Random Acts of Kindness Day, Amanda and I am proud to announce the release of our audio book on Audible. The Kindness Advantage: Cultivating Compassionate and Connected Children by Dr. Dale Atkins & Amanda Salzhauer, MSW, is a practical guide for parents to teach kids empathy, to inspire a culture of compassion […]

If Kindness Were a Drug, the FDA Would Approve It

Reprinted courtesy of The Journal of General Internal Medicine by Steven M. Asch MD, MPH, Dale V. Atkins PhD, Psychology, PC & Anne Walling MD, PhD “Ultimately, the secret of quality is love,” declared Avedis Donabedian, a pioneering systems thinker and the father of modern quality assurance.1 Few in health care would dispute that compassion […]

Celebrating World Kindness Day

A perfect day! Dr. Dale Atkins (pictured), co-author of The Kindness Advantage, celebrates World Kindness Day. What is World Kindness Day? World Kindness Day is an international observance day that was established in 1998 by the World Kindness Movement. It’s goal is to promote kindness throughout the world. It is observed each year on November […]

Dr. Atkins is honored to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College

October 24, 2020 Dr. Atkins is honored to Receive Distinguished Alumni Award from Teachers College Teachers College, Columbia University 525 W 120th St, New York Read more

COVID-19 and Mental Illness

The current pandemic has made us hyperaware of the added risk of exposure to COVID-19, especially for those of us with underlying illnesses. Most of us tend to be compassionate and understanding, often going out of our way to make these individuals feel safe. However, the same sense of compassion and understanding is not readily expressed toward […]

Be Kind!

Kids are kind

It’s a wonderful world, when children do nice things! Here’s the link:

A source of ideas for synagogue executive director

I am enjoying your book and getting some great ideas for students/families looking for bat and bar mitzvah social action projects.

My Mother Was A Brilliant Teacher

When I was in sixth or seventh grade there was a boy in our class who came from a family of ten children. The family lived on a farm and the children worked in the barns before school. This boy had one pair of boots to wear in the barn and to school and they […]

Random Kindness from a Seven Year Old

I have been following the Kindness Advantage buzz to share in the excitement with my dear friend Dale Atkins. At a neighborhood party the other evening a young boy came up (never met him before) and asked “I have hidden a kindness rock over there – want to find it?” (they had a craft table […]

My new purpose as a grandmother

Since I read The Kindness Advantage I feel as if I have a new purpose in life, which is to encourage acts of kindness from my grandchildren (I have 7, ages 3-14). Whenever I visit my grandchildren, they can’t wait to tell me how kind they were at school. Here are the responses from two […]