Acts of Kindness from Your Armchair

Acts of Kindness from Your Armchair

Change the world with this heart warming, inspirational and practical guide to seated philanthropy.


Acts of Kindness from Your Armchair is an exploration of how we can make a meaningful contribution to the world through simple acts of kindness, all easily done from home. The book acts as a practical guide to the ways in which thoughts, words and acts of kindness, both inward and towards the wider world, can create real change. It leads us on a journey from compassionate self-analysis and meditation; kindness towards others both in person and online; kindness towards the animal kingdom and finally caring for the planet - one little step after another!

This toolkit of ideas and practices arose from the author’s personal experiences in her quest to find a new purpose in life, despite health limitations, through the power of kindness.


Jenny Light rated it: it was amazing Oct 5, 2017 When my best friend Anita, first shared her concept for this book with me, I knew that it was winning book. For anyone wishing to make a difference in this world, 'Acts of Kindness from your Armchair' isn't like any other book. In it Anita shares her own tried and tested solutions to act kindly in the wider world. There's something for everyone, no matter their reasons why they may find themselves unable to engage beyond the home. Anita takes her readers through a journey from starting to act and think of yourself in an accepting forgiving way, to making a real difference to people and animals locally and globally. Kindness oozes from every pore of this book straight from the generous heart of Anita herself. If you are looking for a practical way to engage with meaning with the world you find yourself in and to alleviate suffering, you need look no further than this shining gem of a book. I can't recommend it highly enough! ~ Jenny Light, Goodreads

This book has made a difference in my life already and I am sure I will be re-visiting it time and again. I requested this book from Netgalley as although I am not an invalid physically I do suffer with social anxiety and often struggle to know how I can make a difference to the world. As I started reading I came across suggested exercises and I groaned as I really don't like that kind of task but I decided to read on. I was so pleased that I did. Anita Neilson offered up quite a number of interesting suggestions that one could easily carry out, explaining effectively that any act carried out in the name of Love goes towards building up the amount of love in the world and decreasing the fear (only she explained it a lot better than that) It made for a really interesting read and encouraged me that even I can make a positive difference even with just my thoughts. ~ Anne Rodgers, NetGalley

Your book made me really think about things. I don't really delve into stuff and you covered everything. I especially loved the kindness poem at the end. Within its pages are practical learnings, a real healing manual for the mind.. My favourite chapter was "let people be who they are" an active chance to cherish and accommodate all of our differences. Can really feel the hugs between the pages. Amanda Blair medical secretary, and reiki practitioner. ~ Amanda Blair

The book flows well and is worth every penny and every read. If you cannot get a look, you owe it to yourself to search it out once it (hopefully) hits the libraries. Just an outstanding read! ~ Ginae B. McDonald, Ginae Reviews

Acts of Kindness from your Armchair is beautifully written and comes straight from the heart. While some of the language is Christian in orientation, there is so much here that is universal. Goodness knows, the World can do with more kindness; this book is a very practical tool to help each of us learn to cultivate more of it. In addition to helping us to recognise our wholeness, the kindness can naturally flow to those around us and this beautiful planet that is our home. Heather Grace Mackenzie (Bond), Author of Awakening Child ~ Heather Grace Mackenzie (Bond),

This inspirational book is all about being Love and Kindness in daily action and should be on the ’must read’ list of schools across the land. Every opportunity to love and be kind to oneself and all others has been offered in a gentle, honest and authentic way. Great exercises 'to do' and wonderful ways 'to be' are suggested - what more could you ask. Thank you Anita for sharing this gem from your armchair. Patricia Iris Kerins. Channel and Soul Coach. ~ Patricia Iris Kerins,

Like a spiritual guidebook for harmonious living, Anita Neilson’s new book overflows with a gentle yet impassioned exploration of kindness in action from four meaningful perspectives: as it relates to our selves, others, animals and the Earth. Emphasizing the interconnectedness between us all, each section is delightfully sprinkled with biographical vignettes, ancient wisdom and detailed practices for cultivating compassion, including everything from being a conscious consumer, recycling and reducing media exposure, to healing crystals, prayers and organ donation. Though Acts of Kindness from Your Armchair is initially directed to the housebound, the essential message it delivers is meant for us all: “letting love into our hearts so that we can share it with others”. The book itself is a timely testament to this! Catherine L. Schweig Editor of Bhakti Blossoms, Journey of the Heart and others ~ Catherine Schweig,

There’s something inspiring and empowering about reading stories and helpful information contributed by an author like Anita Neilson, who has lived what she writes so clearly and powerfully about. It’s clearly obvious that Anita is that kind of person: as authentic as they come, just as are her commentaries. This wide-ranging offering comes into the Universe from someone who continues to contribute to the welfare of all concerned from the seat of her own armchair, despite having traversed the path of poor health herself. There’s a certain kind of naked honesty that comes through, so clearly and obviously tried and true, that one is led to one’s own deeper truth about everyday living. Innate wisdom comes through Anita’s vision related to salient aspects of kindness: kindness to self, others, the animal kingdom, environment, and choosing love above all else. Within each of these crucibles lies sources of spiritual empowerment, which, when abided faithfully, take one to new depths on all levels of being and purpose. Jim Young, author, Aware in a World Asleep; Sip and Savor and others. ~ Dr Jim Young,

Acts of kindness from your armchair is a book that takes us back into our inherent humanity, our heart, our light and god form. Anita Neilson has researched a multitude of methods, meditations, and alternative ways, inviting us to break through the patterns of fear, sickness and scarcity, that are widespread in our world, and welcome kindness, gratitude and compassion into our life. Anita inspires the reader to achieve a happier, more fulfilled living and open up to positivity, peace and natural wellbeing. With so many simple and down to earth approaches, the reader is spoiled for choice and through her intuition finds exactly what resonates with her. Fotoula Adrimi Director of The ISIS School of Holistic Health ~ Fotoula Adrimi, Director, ISIS School of Holistic Health

Acts of Kindness From Your Armchair is a book written by Anita Neilson, a former secondary school teacher who in 2009 was incapacitated by M.E. and Fibromyalgia. She writes from the experience of her own medical condition, about how it is possible, even though isolated by being house bound, to do “acts of kindness, from my home, from my armchair.” In a series of chapters she breaks down, how someone, even though severely debilitated by a medical diagnosis can “live a spiritual life and make a positive, meaningful contribution to the world.” Most books on spiritual advancement are aimed at the able-bodied but this gentle book guides those who are, for whatever reason, in the home for most of their time. Anita includes those who are suffering ill health or disability. People with responsibility as carers. Maybe retirees or parents caring for children, or even those working from home. She clearly describes how to overcome doubt and self-reproach. How to feel better inwardly to then be able to radiate love and kindness outwardly. A compassionate voice, Anita is a cheerleader for those who would love to contribute but feel excluded by their circumstances. Mary English DSH CPHH MFHT Author of The Astrology of Lovers, How to care for a Cancer and more. Astrologer, Hypnotherapist & Homeopath ~ Mary English,

Loved the book, especially the title which is so appropriate. Changing the world you live in from your armchair with thoughts of kindness, compassion and creativity, with words, actions thoughts. Embracing the word with kindness to ourselves and others. ~ Pam Thomas, NetGalley

When you want to read a book that’s shows you how to be a better person and you want to see if you’re even going in the right direction, this would be the book you would read. When you want to have hope for humanity and want it to start with yourself, from within, this is a great seed to plant that thought into action. This is a beautiful book that needs way more acclaim than it has gotten. Read this jewel. It's rare! ~ Trully Sunee, NetGalley

A refreshing book which highlights that no matter what life deals to you, you have a choice on how you can react. It makes one realise that there is nothing to lose when being kind to others, and there is a whole lot to gain. It is a book which has to go inward and evaluate your life, your actions and your beliefs. A wonderful book for all, especially those wanting to make a difference in the world and just don't know where to begin. Bravo! ~ Manuela Alonzi-Cheney, GoodReads

new place in the world, your overall worth, what contributions (if any) you can still make. Anita Neilson does a wonderful job of sharing her personal story, and the lessons she learned as she came to terms with these issues. Lessons which are valuable for everyone. Anita first covers learning to be kind to yourself, a lesson many of us struggle with! Topics in this section include examining yourself first to eliminate unkind thoughts or habits and replace them with positive ones; celebrating your good qualities; being thankful; and not comparing yourself to others. Part two deals with Kindness to Others - letting people be who they are without trying to control or change them; inspiring people by being the positive, caring, compassionate person you have learned to be; and nurturing your friendships. Part three deals with Kindness to the Animal Kingdom, and Part four covers Kindness to the Environment. Each section offers helpful advice and things that can be done, despite any physical limitations you might have. I love that this book enforces the message that EVERYONE has value, and that everyone can contribute to making this a better, kinder world no matter what their circumstances. ~ Kathy Fuchs, NetGalley

We can all make a difference, regardless of any 'limitations' we may have, whatever our circumstances. In my experience all 'big' things happen through lots of small things, and this book is a great reminder of the big difference that small everyday acts of kindness can make. ~ Karen Darke MBE, Paralympic Champion (Handcycling) in Rio 2016, author of If You Fall and Boundless

Acts of Kindness from your Armchair has the potential to lift you from cocooned and marooned to heart-expansively free. ~ Jenny Light, author of Living Lightly: a journey through Chronic Fatigue Syndrome (M.E.)

Anita Neilson
Anita Neilson Anita Neilson is a writer, poet, blogger. She lives in the west of Scotland. Her interests include daily meditation, spiritual reading and ...
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