6 ways you can be kind today

As all of you know, life is not always a smooth, serene sea of peace and happiness. For many of us, more often than not, it’s lonely, and difficult, and sometimes it can even feel like things are never going to get better, no matter what. Despite this fact, many people to this day still choose to embrace conflict and dispute over love and compassion, which in turn, just creates more suffering and unhappiness.

Imagine how much more pleasant the world would be, if we were all to be just a little more kind, a little more understanding towards one another. Even the smallest acts of kindness can make someone’s day – week, month, even – think back to a time when you weren’t in the best place, when things weren’t quite going your way, and think of something that someone said or did that made you feel just that little bit better, and focus on how it made you feel. Now, imagine giving someone else the blessing of that feeling. Kindness is completely transmissible – meaning it’s practically contagious; even the littlest acts of kindness have the power to create a lasting wave of hope that flows through hundreds of people. Below, I’ve come up with a list of 6 ways that you can be kind today (or any day, as a matter of fact) so that you can create your own wave of hope throughout those you care about…

  1. Be a good friend – a simple ‘how are you?’ every now and then can really make a difference, especially when someone’s feeling down and needs to talk to someone. You could be that someone – and it usually works both ways, so it’s good to maintain that mutual friendship were you can both talk to one another. 
  2. Make someone a cup of tea or coffee – ‘do you want a cup of tea (or coffee)’; I know my face always lights up when I hear those words. It might be a small gesture, but that small gesture can be enough to remind someone that they matter, plus, who doesn’t love tea? (Weirdos!)
  3. Compliment somebody – This one can go a really long way to increasing somebody’s self love and confidence. Whether it be ‘your hair looks nice,’ ‘you have beautiful eyes’ or ‘I love your outfit’ it’s sure to enchant their face with a beaming smile.
  4. Hug somebody – Not only is it a great way to show somebody that you care, hugging also triggers a release in Oxycontin, which causes a drop stress hormones and even lowers the heart rate,  so you could say that hugging is a natural remedy for stress and anxiety. Hugs all around!
  5. Make time for people – Watch a film, grab coffee, or just sit and talk with someone. Even just an hour of spending time with somebody else will more than likely lift their mood – and (hopefully) yours too! 
  6. Be forgiving – Anger, betrayal, fear – all of these things can potentially eat us up from the inside out if we don’t get them under control. Perhaps you’ve been let down by someone, perhaps they betrayed you in a way you never thought they would, but by holding on to all of these painful feelings, you’re getting hurt even more. Forgiveness is the natural healing remedy to all of the above, so (although it will take time, as everything worth it in life does) forgive and eventually, let go, so that you (and all other parties) can finally heal and move on. 

These are just a few small ways that you can be kind to someone today, but remember -more often than not, it’s the small things in life that make a difference. 

Best wishes, and be kind, always

Ashley Green

Free Ebook Offer

Hello all!
My first short story ‘The Turtledove’ is now available to download and read for free until tomorrow. It’s also available on Audible for any of you audiobook fans. Enjoy, & if any of you get the chance I’d be very grateful if you could leave a quick review. 💚
Best wishes,
Ashley

Imagine, its 1956 – over a decade since the war ended. You’re in London, and it’s the worst year of your life. Your wife left you, your dirt poor, and your best friend just moved to Germany. This is the cruel reality of Edgar Carlisle, at least in his mind. Unknowingly suffering from moderate stage Alzheimer’s disease, Edgar Carlisle ventures out on one crisp, winter morning for a mere sign of hope, but what he finds instead, is something much more interesting… ☕️🍁

 

UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtledove-Ashley-Green-ebook/dp/B07GTKKTXT/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+turtledove&qid=1552888933&s=gateway&sr=8-1

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The Turtledove

Hello all!
My first short story ‘The Turtledove’ will once again be available to download and read for free from midnight tonight (GMT) for just 24 hours. It’s also available on Audible for any of you audiobook fans. Enjoy, & if any of you get the chance I’d be very grateful if you could leave a quick review. 💚
Best wishes,
Ashley

Imagine, its 1956 – over a decade since the war ended. You’re in London, and it’s the worst year of your life. Your wife left you, your dirt poor, and your best friend just moved to Germany. This is the cruel reality of Edgar Carlisle, at least in his mind. Unknowingly suffering from moderate stage Alzheimer’s disease, Edgar Carlisle ventures out on one crisp, winter morning for a mere sign of hope, but what he finds instead, is something much more interesting… ☕️🍁

 

UK Link: https://www.amazon.co.uk/Turtledove-Ashley-Green-ebook/dp/B07GTKKTXT/ref=sr_1_1?keywords=the+turtledove&qid=1552855200&s=gateway&sr=8-1

US Link: https://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B07GTKKTXT?pf_rd_p=1581d9f4-062f-453c-b69e-0f3e00ba2652&pf_rd_r=2WZY509S4MEBZQSMSVNR

Audible Link (listen for free with the free trial option): https://www.audible.com/pd/B07NX2N8H9/?source_code=AUDFPWS0223189MWT-BK-ACX0-143375&ref=acx_bty_BK_ACX0_143375_rh_us

I hope you’re all having a wonderful day/evening. I just wanted to say this – for for all of my extraordinary fellow writers out there – you can do this; you can and you will write that story. We are writers – that means we have the power to make a difference; to change the world, with all but our words! How incredible is that? That that book you’re writing right now – that book could be the next world bestseller. That quote that you just wrote down, that alone could save somebody’s life one day – that quote alone could give someone the hope to carry on.
 
So if you ever feel like giving up, just remember, you started writing for a reason. Look at J.K. Rowling and F. Scott Fitzgerald, Harper Lee, Tolkien, look at Virginia Woolf – they two were once just like us – full of doubt and fear, and suffering, but they took those things and they transformed them into beauty; stories – stories that are still standing tall on shelves all over the world. So hold on, friends, we’re all in this together. It’s a long and bumpy ride, but it’s always worth it in the end. You won’t be here in hundreds of years to come, but I can promise you, that if you put your heart and soul into it, your books will be – So write them. ❤

**Upcoming Book Update** (regarding The Book Man of New Orleans)

Hello all! I’d just like to clear up any confusion regarding the delay in sharing my upcoming story ‘The Book Man of New Orleans.’ To my dismay, I’ve had a few minor setbacks regarding editing and publishing, and as many of you know I’ve been very busy producing The Turtledove audio book, which I’m over the moon to say is now available on Audible at: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Turtledove-Audiobook/B07NWZRBLM?qid=1552606267&sr=1-13&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_13&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=PH1YMN6XM27CSWF7D6KY& Moreover, the Book Man of New Orleans is still very much a work in progress, and I will share it with you all soon as it is ready to be published. Wishing you all the best!

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Ashley

The Turtledove

I’m glad to announce that my short story ‘The Turtledove’ is officially out on Audible.
As voiced in my last post; For those of you who don’t know, ‘the Turtledove’ is a short fiction story about the life of Edgar Carlisle; a middle aged man suffering from moderate stage Alzheimer’s disease – a fragile topic close to many of our hearts. Writing this story has been a heart-rending journey, but I hope that in doing so, I’ve managed to shine some light on a very prominent issue that all of us have more than likely come face to face with at one time or another – whether that be through a family member or friend.

I hope you enjoy listening to my story.

Best wishes,
Ashley Green

Listen to The Turtledove here: https://www.audible.co.uk/pd/The-Turtledove-Audiobook/B07NWZRBLM?qid=1550736375&sr=1-19&ref=a_search_c3_lProduct_1_19&pf_rd_p=c6e316b8-14da-418d-8f91-b3cad83c5183&pf_rd_r=7ZDD6GWH4FAC69AWX891&

The Road to Today

When I was 7 years old, my teacher asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I replied with two words; two words that perhaps on some unfathomable, subconscious level would determine my fate for the rest of my life. Ten years later, here I am; a goofy, English writer, living to make dreams come true, in the form of fine literature. The path to today was not so straight forward, though. It was dark, and winding, and on some days, I thought it would never cease. Ever since I was young, growing up in a world seemingly full of so much pain and suffering, my inevitable dream was to save people; to help those in need.

Throughout my live I’ve aspired to pursue all sorts of professions; from scientist, to doctor, to royal marine. However, as I got older, I came to the realisation that there is another way to save people; perhaps one of the most delicate procedures of all – writing. As the extraordinary Virginia Woolfe once said, ‘books are the mirrors of the soul’, and when I write, I do it not just for myself and for my dreams, but for those in the world that seek solace and hope and characters who are not just entirely unique in every way, but also unequivocally relatable. 

‘Depression may rain down on me like a hail of bullets that promises to prevail, fear may even strive to drown me – day in, day out, like the shore of a merciless sea; and perhaps I will always be asunder these dark clouds of pain and sorrow, but I will cry in the rain no more; for I have learnt to dance in it instead – and I will do so for the rest of time. Even better, I know that I won’t be dancing alone.’ – The Book Man of New Orleans

‘Over the years I’ve come to accept that sometimes bad things just happen, and all we can do is just keep on going, even though it hurts – just keep on going, through the storm, through the darkness and uncertainty, until one day, we reach the light again.’

– Mrs. Roberts, The Book Man of New Orleans – Out Soon.