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Prof Claudia says join the kindness revolution at #Kindfest2020

Did you know that scientists have shown that kindness boosts wellbeing, not just for those who receive it but for those who give it too?  And that kindness is contagious?  

Brought to you by the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, the Thinking Kindness tent at #Kindfest2020 will explore the latest research, evidence and thinking on kindness.

Co-curators Professor Robin Banerjee, Director of Sussex Kindness Research, and University of Sussex Visiting Professor Claudia Hammond (pictured), presenter of BBC programmes All in the Mind and Health Check, have gathered together some of the world’s leading thinkers on the science of kindness and the role it plays in education,  business, leadership, relationships, social care, the arts and wellbeing.  

Head of the School of Psychology at the University of Sussex, Professor Robin Banerjee says: “It has never been more important to recognise and celebrate kindness, and the Thinking Kindness tent brings together some brilliant minds to help us reflect on the nature of kindness, and to illuminate the impacts of kindness on people and communities.

‘It has never been more important to recognise and celebrate kindness’

“The tent features fantastic speakers from our own research network, Sussex Kindness Research, who will be sharing fascinating perspectives on kindness ranging from neuroscience, education, and social work, through to business and international aid.  They will be joined by diverse speakers from other universities and organisations, taking the virtual festival-goers on an engaging journey from the science of kindness through to kindness in diverse ‘real world’ contexts.”

Broadcaster and Psychology professor, Claudia Hammond says: “Now is the perfect moment to talk about kindness, with everything that is going on in the world. What I’m really looking forward to about the Thinking Kindness tent is the chance to hear about the sheer range of work taking place in the field of kindness – from education through to neuroscience.”

Hosted by Claudia Hammond, the Thinking Kindness virtual tent will provide insights into all of the latest kindness-themed research with speakers and topics ranging from: philanthropist and founder of Kindness UK, David Jamilly; Stanford academic and bestselling author of The War for KindnessDr Jamil Zaki along with psychologists from the University of Sussex on the science of kindness; founder of the Empathy Lab, Miranda McKearney and award-winning author Onjali Rauf on creating a kind culture through empathy and storytelling; leading researchers in the fields of social care, mental health in education, the creative arts and international aid on finding kindness in their sectors; and founder of the Compassionate Mind Foundation, Prof Paul Gilbert on the importance of compassion not only to others but also to ourselves.

Diane Cooke
Diane Cooke is a three times award-winning journalist who has worked for UK national/regional newspapers, magazines and websites.

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