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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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.
Crash footage

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.

Kindness over the holidays

In this episode of KindnessCan, Jane and Paul talk about the importance of being kind this holiday season. It's a reminder to you that your greatest gift is you and your love and attention for others. Worry less about the fancy gifts and focus more on the heart stuff.

Kindness following a tragic accident on Christmas Eve

This week, Jane and Paul spend time talking with Jaci Mun-Gavin almost one year after daughter, Kiara's horrific head injury in a freak accident in Durban North on Christmas Eve. The aspirant ballet dancer needed brain surgery and was placed in an induced coma. Swelling on Kiara's brain led doctors to expect the worst possible outcome and part of her skull had to be removed. However, Kiara not only survived, but has been able to walk again and has not suffered any permanent brain damage. In this podcast episode, Jaci talks about Kiara’s accident, her amazing recovery, and how kindness comes in different shapes and sizes on the journey of healing.

Kindness in the Car

As South Africans, we spend a lot of time in cars. So often, they become places of stress, frustration and unkindness. But, they can be great places for self-reflection and sharing with the people in our lives. This week, Jane Linley-Thomas and Paul Bushell talk about how to be kinder to ourselves and others in the car.

Kindness for those who're leaving SA - or staying here

Emigration stories are once again coming up between friends, family members and colleagues. There seems to have been a new wave of people opting to leave South Africa, for whatever reason, and so in this week's podcast, Jane Linley-Thomas and Paul Bushell talk about emigration - from both perspectives. They're not offering input on whether to stay or go, rather talking about kindness for those who're dealing with what is no doubt a very difficult decision, as well as respect and kindness for those who choose to stay.

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