The best books for inner and outer kindness

Who am I?

I have been on an inward and outward journey to help first myself, and now others to feel less alone for many years now. It all started when I was working as a broker in London. From the outside, it looked like I had everything anyone could want money, success, the house, and the car. But inside I felt alone and unfulfilled. After watching a very inspiring film, I left my job, moved to the US, and set out to change my life and try to help make the world a better place by spreading kindness anywhere I could. I have traveled the world twice on my TV show The Kindness Diaries, surviving only on the kindness of strangers. Through all of this I have gained a unique outlook on life and how we can each use kindness and connection to help each other feel less alone.

I wrote...

Go Be Kind: 28 1/2 Adventures Guaranteed to Make You Happier

By Leon Logothetis,

Book cover of Go Be Kind: 28 1/2 Adventures Guaranteed to Make You Happier

What is my book about?

Go Be Kind isn't just a journal or another how-to guide to creating the life you want. It's a series of daily adventures that will help you rediscover the greatest human gift—kindness, which inspires interpersonal connection and is the most rewarding way to lead a more magnificent life.

Created by Leon Logothetis, host of The Kindness Diaries on Netflix, this life-changing book is filled with highly classified missions, treasure hunts, dream dates, awkward moments, and daily adventures that are guaranteed to change your life.

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The books I picked & why

Book cover of The Drama of the Gifted Child: The Search for the True Self

Why did I love this book?

This book literally changed my life. It explores the question of why so many people who could be considered successful and thriving on the outside still have intense feelings of alienation and emptiness.

I myself had a childhood where I often felt alone and misunderstood. Isolated at school, and constantly trying to live up to the expectations of my family at home. Then as a young adult, I would do things I’m not particularly proud of. I would ask myself, “Why am I doing this!?” It was a question I could never answer until I read this book. What Alice Miller does with her writing here is explain why we do what we do and how our unique pasts have led to each of us behaving the way we do.

By Alice Miller,

Why should I read it?

4 authors picked The Drama of the Gifted Child as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Why are many of the most successful people plagued by feelings of emptiness and alienation? This wise and profound book has provided thousands of readers with an answer,and has helped them to apply it to their own lives.Far too many of us had to learn as children to hide our own feelings, needs, and memories skillfully in order to meet our parents' expectations and win their "love." Alice Miller writes, "When I used the word 'gifted' in the title, I had in mind neither children who receive high grades in school nor children talented in a special way. I simply…

Book cover of You Are the One: A Bold Adventure in Finding Purpose, Discovering the Real You, and Loving Fully

Why did I love this book?

Kute has been a dear friend of mine and has made a huge impact on my life. He is one of the wisest, most spiritual men I know, and he guided me through India as my life coach, teaching me more about myself and the world than I had ever known. I love the idea that to be kind, first, you have to be kind to yourself, and this book really helped me learn that. Reading You Are the One was a vital part of my journey to feeling less alone.

By Kute Blackson,

Why should I read it?

1 author picked You Are the One as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

A charismatic visionary and transformational teacher offers a bold new look at spiritual awareness providing the tools needed to live a life truly inspired by love for a whole new generation.

Kute Blackson comes from a long line of spiritual leaders and works with people from all walks of life, offering his own uniquely powerful process to transform lives from the inside out. His inspirational and life-changing YouTube videos, seminars, and conferences are known throughout the world, but it’s his trademark transformation experiences that sets him apart. The intensive one-on-one and one-of-a-kind transformational mother of all trips is a 14-day,…

Be Here Now

By Ram Dass,

Book cover of Be Here Now

Why did I love this book?

I have always been drawn to two things that are huge themes in this book, meditation and counter-culture. Ram Dass is a fascinating figure, and in many ways, his journey feels like it mirrors my own. We were both stuck in a place we did not want to be anymore. Both of us were successful but wanted something else from life. Then a spiritual awakening helped each of us expand our minds and feel less alone. What’s brilliant is that reading about Ram Dass’ awakening helped inspire mine!

By Ram Dass,

Why should I read it?

7 authors picked Be Here Now as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Beloved guru Ram Dass tells the story of his spiritual awakening and gives you the tools to take control of your life in this “counterculture bible” (The New York Times) featuring powerful guidance on yoga, meditation, and finding your true self.

When Be Here Now was first published in 1971, it filled a deep spiritual emptiness, launched the ongoing mindfulness revolution, and established Ram Dass as perhaps the preeminent seeker of the twentieth century.

Just ten years earlier, he was known as Professor Richard Alpert. He held appointments in four departments at Harvard University. He published books, drove a Mercedes…

Book cover of Long Walk to Freedom: The Autobiography of Nelson Mandela

Why did I love this book?

Mandela is one of my all-time heroes. A great man and leader who was treated with unfathomable cruelty yet never wavered in his beliefs or in his grace. He spent 27 years unjustly imprisoned yet invited his jailers to his inauguration. It is important to me to follow our heroes, and to try to model ourselves over the great men and women who have come before us.  If Mandela could endure all he had to go through, and still end up achieving all he did, there is no reason any of us can’t do all we set our minds and hearts to. And if Mandela could find it in himself to be kind and forgive his offenders, we can all follow his lead. 

By Nelson Mandela,

Why should I read it?

10 authors picked Long Walk to Freedom as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

2018 is the centenary of Nelson Mandela's birth

'The authentic voice of Mandela shines through this book . . . humane, dignified and magnificently unembittered' The Times

The riveting memoirs of the outstanding moral and political leader of our time, A Long Walk to Freedom brilliantly re-creates the drama of the experiences that helped shape Nelson Mandela's destiny. Emotive, compelling and uplifting, A Long Walk to Freedom is the exhilarating story of an epic life; a story of hardship, resilience and ultimate triumph told with the clarity and eloquence of a born leader.

'Burns with the luminosity of faith in…

Into the Wild

By Jon Krakauer,

Book cover of Into the Wild

Why did I love this book?

Right off the bat, let’s address the elephant in the room. Yes, this story has a tragic ending that most of us already know. But in this book, Jon Krakauer beautifully tells the story of a man who lived doing exactly what he wanted. It’s the amazing true story of a man who left everything he had behind to find himself. It’s clear from everything I’ve recommended so far that this is a theme that really speaks to me. I also believe that the ending, as tragic as it is, gives us a lot to learn about the many pitfalls we can avoid on our own journeys.

By Jon Krakauer,

Why should I read it?

18 authors picked Into the Wild as one of their favorite books, and they share why you should read it.

What is this book about?

Krakauer’s page-turning bestseller explores a famed missing person mystery while unraveling the larger riddles it holds: the profound pull of the American wilderness on our imagination; the allure of high-risk activities to young men of a certain cast of mind; the complex, charged bond between fathers and sons.

"Terrifying... Eloquent... A heart-rending drama of human yearning." —New York Times

In April 1992 a young man from a well-to-do family hitchhiked to Alaska and walked alone into the wilderness north of Mt. McKinley. He had given $25,000 in savings to charity, abandoned his car and most of his possessions, burned all…

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