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The kind of f ice

Natalie Ellis tells us why being considerate really is all in a day’s work

Kindness is often considered a sign of weakness, especially in the serious business world. As professionals, we don’t want to show flaws – especially when competition for promotional opportunities or desire to climb the career ladder is so great and kindness is often seen as a ‘fluffy’. Everyone knows you can’t be a successful professional in business by being a doormat, fortunately though, practising kindness at work has absolutely nothing to do with being a pushover and everything to do with showing great courage and strength.

Thousands of pounds are being spent each year on self-help books, on a range of subjects from making us healthier, being more popular, and even becoming wealthier, but not many people rush out to purchase a book on how we can be kinder. From a very young age, my great grandmother always said that kindness was one of the best gifts that people can give, and in a world filled with enough negativity to last a lifetime, why not change our own perspectives and just be kinder?

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Hello, If you’d asked me earlier this year what images the Amazon rainforest conjured up in my mind, it would be densely packed, lush green trees, brightly coloured macaws and chatty toucans living alongside speedy squirrel monkeys and majestic jaguars. Perhaps naively, I assumed that the world’s largest rainforest was a constant – a protected part of our natural landscape, somewhere we can all close our eyes and see images of, like the Alps or the river Nile. But, over the last few months, this idyllic picture of the Amazon has been destroyed, replaced with haunting and horrifying images of blazing fires and ominous plumes of smoke. Often described as the lungs of the planet, the Amazon now looks like it’s starting to choke. The anthropogenic impact we have had on some of the most vital natural resources on the planet is really starting to show. The notion of constants is changing, too – our glaciers are melting, our rainforests are being destroyed, our rivers are polluted and our coastlines eroded – the landscape of our planet as we know it looks set to continue to transform and degrade. As bleak a future as I’m describing, it’s not all doom and gloom and there are many things we can do to help. We want the future generations to close their eyes and picture the toucans, not the burning embers of what was once the greatest rainforest on Earth. We need to act, and we need to do it now. Have a great month, Phillipa Editor