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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A tribute to our teachers

In this week's KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul talk about moulding in and out of new routines on the home school front. In the initial phases of the lockdown, educators and parents were bombarded with making sense of the tech. In the middle, parents and educators had to work hard to keep some kind of consistency, routine, and spirits going. This week, the Basic Education minister announced the return of Grade 12s and Grade 7s next month, and a whole new set of decisions and routines need to be considered. Listen as Jane and Paul pay tribute to our teachers.

Digging Deep

In this week's episode, Jane and Paul talk about digging deep and the importance of resilience in a constantly disruptive and changing world. Finding that fight isn't always easy (especially when you're in the middle of one of your greatest tests!) It takes learning, practice and patience. Resilience is a skill that we can all keep growing, and sharing with our children. Listen here for some real tips and tools on how to nurture your resilience in this moment.

Ridiculous kids jokes, home school challenges & lockdown learnings

In this week’s podcast, Jane and Paul talk through some of the highs and lows of another week in our national lockdown. It’s been an emotional and practical roller coaster. School is back (but not like we remember it). The work worries are still there (but more than we ever remembered them). Our life and relationships, and parenting responsibilities...still there (but on a whole new level of intensity!) With moments of sadness and worry, and then moments of light and laughter, Jane and Paul talk through some simple and practical ways that we can all walk each other home. This moment will come and go. We’ve just got to take it one step at a time.

Kindness as you find your new normal under lockdown

In this week’s KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul reflect on week 2 of the national lockdown. It’s been an emotional roller-coaster and many of us have experienced a range of feelings over the last 2 weeks. Jane and Paul make space for some of these feelings, and offer some tips on how to manage them better. You are not alone during this time of national action and concern.

Kindness in the face of Coronavirus

In this week’s KindnessCan podcast, Jane and Paul talk about what’s been on everyone’s mind and heart this week - Coronavirus. It is in South Africa, and the fear and uncertainty is real. In this podcast, Jane and Paul give tips on how to manage some of the panic and fear that is creeping into all of our lives. It is so important that we don’t let hysteria become an even more dangerous and destructive virus in our country. Now more than ever, we need to learn the facts and work together.

Kindness as South Africans: Reframing our narrative

South Africa is faced by many challenges. The news reminds us every day. We can sometimes feel angry, overwhelmed and helpless by so many realities. In this week's podcast, Jane and Paul talk about how we can take back some control and be part of making this place better. Some of greatest leaders started out as ordinary people like you and me.

Kindness during pregnancy: a story of perinatal depression

Pregnancy Awareness Week is observed from 12-16 February. An important part of this week is to raise awareness around the physical and emotional risks that face mothers, foetus and babies during pregnancy. This week Jane and Paul talk to mother and journalist, Lauren Shapiro about her personal experience of perinatal depression, her journey to recovery and her recent book on the topic. It’s a real and personal account of pregnancy and mental health.

Is your anxiety rubbing off on your children?

Modern parenting seems to get tougher and tougher! With so many uncertainties, it’s no wonder parents are feeling overwhelmed, guilty and anxious. We need to be careful of how these feelings negatively affect our parenting. Over-shadowing and over-protecting can lead to our children feeling anxious, and ill-equipped for the world that awaits them. This week Jane and Paul talk about anxious parenting.

Kindness and forgiveness: we speak with Fields Hill truck driver Sanele May

In this week’s KindnessCan podcast, Jane Linley-Thomas and Paul Bushell have an exclusive interview with Fields Hill truck driver Sanele May. This follows his recent release from Umzinto Prison where he served a six year sentence in connection with the horrific truck crash in 2013 in which 24 people died and many others were injured. We talk with Sanele - who's back in his home country of Swaziland - about forgiveness: forgiving oneself and others.
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Kindness in your career journey

This week, Jane and Paul talk about how to be kind when starting your employment journey. Whether you're starting your job hunt or going into a new job, keeping your head above water can sometimes feel like a challenge. Managing your thoughts, feelings and behaviours are all within your control.

Setting kind new goals for a brand new year

Join Jane and Paul as they talk about bringing the old you into the new year. An inspiring, real and balanced take on setting kind goals and celebrating ourselves in 2020. We could all be a little bit in kinder in the way we talk about ourselves!

Kindness when dealing with loss this festive season

This week Jane and Paul talk about dealing with loss at this family-orientated time of the year. It can be especially hard having to face the holidays without a special person in your life. Dealing with the firsts - the first Christmas or New Year celebrations without that special person can be overwhelming. In this episode of KindnessCan, we hope you find comfort.

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