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Courage to be Kind: The Surprising Power and Benefits of Kindness

We all know we should be kinder, yet many opportunities to do so escape us. But did you know that we are also wired towards kindness? Doing good makes us and others feel good. Kindness is powerful with research showing that being kind boosts your energy and happiness, and even increases your lifespan, preventing pain and anxiety.

Genuine and authentic kindness takes courage. Though many might see it as a softer skill, it requires empathy, intention, and commitment. With the year we’ve had and the changes ahead, practicing kindness can help us as we re-learn to connect, show up for one another, and be a force for good in the world. Still, kindness is something you can get good at. The more you do it, the more you build up your compassion muscle. In this PurposeCast, Vic Strecher will speak with Brandon Peele to explore ways to build your kindness muscle, both to harness its benefits and to bridge differences with others.

Brandon Peele is a trusted keynote speaker, consultant, and program leader working with organizations such as Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Stanford. He is a best-selling author, impact entrepreneur, and expert in purpose, leadership + culture. Brandon is the founder of Unity Lab which empowers organizations to create cultures of purpose, empathy, and trust

Key takeaways from this PurposeCast:

  • Learn the physical and psychological benefits of kindness in every aspect of life including work, personal relationships, health, and wellness
  • How kindness promotes social connection and bridges differences
  • Everyday opportunities to leverage purpose to cultivate kindness and make it contagious

About PurposeCast

PurposeCast is a series of conversations highlighting purpose-driven thought leaders, experts, and innovators. Through their stories, get a glimpse into their journeys and gain insights and actionable tips for yourself. Learn how they harnessed their purpose to live bigger lives and how you can too.

Speakers

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Vic Strecher, PhD, MPH

CEO and Chief Purpose Officer, Kumanu

Vic Strecher is professor of Public Health, founder of the Center for Health Communications Research, and Director for Innovation and Social Entrepreneurship at the University of Michigan. In 2015, Vic launched Kumanu, leading a paradigm shift in how individuals engage in the pursuit of purpose, meaning, and wellbeing. As CEO and chief purpose officer, Vic leads the company as well as its world-class Scientific Advisory Board.

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Brandon Peele

Unifier, Activator, Author, Speaker, Unity Lab

Brandon Peele is a trusted keynote speaker, consultant, and program leader working with organizations such as Google, Johnson & Johnson, and Stanford. He is a best-selling author, impact entrepreneur, and expert in purpose, leadership + culture. Brandon is founder of Unity Lab which empowers organizations to create cultures of purpose, empathy, and trust. In so doing, organizations improve innovation, productivity, social and emotional health, civil discourse, and a functioning democracy.

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