Kindness is such a simple word. We've all experienced the joy of kindness in our lives. We all aspire to be kinder. We believe that kindness has the power to change the world. Yet, knowing how to be kinder in an increasingly tough world is sometimes hard for all of us. In this podcast series, radio personality Jane Linley-Thomas and psychologist Paul Bushell explore simple ways to be kinder in different situations in our lives.

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Small idea makes big impact on nurses in KZN community

Kindness often starts with a small idea and little gesture. It has the power to set into motion something really big and special. In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul chat with Naomi Holdt about an amazing community initiative to inspire and treat frontline healthcare workers in the Pietermaritzburg area of KZN. An idea started by 4 friends, the project has turned into a seriously moving and inspiring community event. The outpouring of support has ranged from truck-loads of treats to hand-made cards from local families and pensioners. There is no doubt - we live in a kind province.
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You are not alone

It’s the first KindnessCan podcast for 2021. But as Jane and Paul have discovered - it may be a new year - but there’s still a lot of last year that we’re still dealing with. Sigh. Lockdowns, home schooling, social distancing, masks, scary statistics, and a cocktail of big feelings...As Paul reminds us all, “you are not alone.” As always, Jane and Paul offer their gentle, practical and fun tips on how to keep finding kindness and light in life. We will get though this.

Let's talk about sex... [Adult content advisory]

As promised, let's talk about the original birds and the bees. In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul give parents some tips on how to talk to their children about their bodies, sex and sexuality. Gone are the days of this being an awkward once-off conversation. In a digital world, it's a conversation that we need to keep having over and over again. We also touch on porn and teenagers.

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Kids and Technology: The new birds and the bees talk!

In this KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul take a real and practical look into navigating the technology and social media world with our children. It's a minefield out there! Not only is the technology constantly changing, but most parents have very little experience or role model on how to manage this part of their child's life.

A story in which hope trumps crime

In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul hold space for hijacking survivor, Sam Musk. In 2015, she was involved in a hijacking which left her partially paralysed and deeply traumatised. Today, she has found space for inspiration, positivity, and forgiveness in her life again. It's an inspiring and practical conversation, where hope trumps crime.

Coping when loved ones are across the oceans

In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul talk with Paul's little sister all the way from Melbourne, Australia. Amy tells us all about her experience of facing a global pandemic and dealing with a national lockdown far away from home and the people that she loves.In this special podcast, Amy also talks about her charitable event, Across the Oceans, and how it has brought people around the world together for a good South African cause.

Across the Oceans is an international running event for charity. On Saturday 22 August people are invited to walk or run as far as they can, post your pictures to the Across the Oceans Facebook page and make a donation. This year, the proceeds will be going to Home Meah, a home for abandoned children in South Africa. For more information, go to
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KindnessCan talk kind design with Mags

In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane Linley-Thomas and Paul Bushell talk kind design with super star interior designer, Margaret Westerhof from Margaret Rose Interiors. Managing the colours, textures and layouts around us can have a big impact on the way we feel and act. In this podcast, Mags shares some practical tips from managing your space to creating the right energy for you.

Kindness with Mango Groove's Claire Johnston

In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul catch up with South African icon, Claire Johnston. Recorded with a live audience, the podcast beams good vibes and possibility. Claire talks about Mango Groove, her big South African moments, her favourite songs, meeting Madiba, the power of music, and living through a lockdown with her precious pug. The special star encourages South African's to hold on and see how special, resilient and magical we really are as a nation.

A personal glimpse into what COVID-19 looks & feels like at home

In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul speak with chef and healthy living champion, Shannon Smuts, after she tested positive for COVID-19. They talk testing, symptoms, isolation, parenting, guilt and shame, stigma, healthy living and positive thinking. For a pandemic that has gripped our attention for so long now, here's a personal glimpse into what COVID-19 looks and feels like at home. It is so important that we stop the stigma around testing positive. There is value in knowing your status, as a way of protecting your self and others.

*The comments and advice on this show are based on personal experience, and can of course vary from person-to-person. Please contact your local health professional for more information.

KindnessCan gets called into the principal's office

Nothing quite like being called into the principal’s office! In this week’s episode, Jane and Paul talk with Reddam House Umhlanga Principal, Adam Rogers. They talk about how schools have transformed over the past few months; about how learners and teachers have adapted to change and how to deal with the disappointment of lost opportunities for matrics. Schools are slowly opening up and there is so much to consider and celebrate. A practical and hopeful podcast, full of love and kindness.

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