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Brainy Brunch: Is it cool to be kind?

Brainy Brunch: Is it cool to be kind?

It has always seemed strange to me… the things we admire in men, kindness and generosity, openness, honesty, understanding and feeling, are the concomitants of failure in our system. And those traits we detest, sharpness, greed, acquisitiveness, meanness, egotism and self-interest, are the traits of success. And while men admire the quality of the first they love the produce of the second.

– John Steinbeck

What do we get out doing acts of kindness?

What gets in the way of us being more kind?

Does our society disincentivise kindness?


A growing body of evidence is showing the benefits to our health and happiness of committing acts of kindness. Studies show that we get a bigger kick from giving money than spending it on ourselves, while research by Stephen Post has shown that altruism can be better for our health than giving up smoking or doing exercise!

If this is the case, why can it sometimes seem like being kind goes against the grain? Those who give are often seen as do-gooders or a ‘soft touch’, while random acts of kindness are the exception rather than the rule.

Join us on 23rd November for a lively and interactive Brainy Brunch to mark World Kindness Day. Curated by regular Brainy Brunchers, Sarah Dawrant, Andy Hix and Anna Levy, this month we will delve into the motivations for acts of kindness and explore how we could all be a little more kind in London town.
As usual, we’ll watch some inspiring videos, eat a mountain of bagels and get to the bottom of the issue with a friendly bunch of brunchers through group discussion and activities. There may even be a chance to practice kindness – who will you offer to share your chocolate muffin with?

Nov 23rd
11:30 - 14:00
Entry fee Free

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