How Small Acts of Kindness Can Heal, Inspire, and Change Your Life
By Linda Cohen
(Seal Press, Paperback, 9781580053655, 256pp.)
Publication Date: October 2011
When her father passed away in 2006, Linda Cohen’s busy life as a mother, wife, and entrepreneur came to a screeching halt. She took a spiritual sabbatical to work through her grief, and she came out of it resolved to embark upon a project: perform one thousand acts of kindnessmitzvahsto honor her father’s memory.
1,000 Mitzvahs shares Cohen’s two-and-a-half-year journey from sorrow to inspiration through simple daily acts of kindness. She presents each mitzvah as a short vignette, and the myriad forms they takefrom helping the elderly to donating to good causes to baking and collecting food for othershighlight the many ways in which one person can touch the lives of others. As she pursues her quest, Cohen finds that her life is improved by these small actsthat every time she goes out of her way to do something good for someone else, she enhances her own well-being.
More than a touching story of a daughter’s love for her father, 1,000 Mitzvahs is a testament to the transformational power of kindness, and a call to arms for those who would like to follow in Cohen’s footsteps with their own mitzvahsno matter how large or how small.
"One small deed can sometimes grow into a bigger one, and the author of 1000 Mitzvahs shows just how." VIV Magazine
"Dealing with the death of a loved one is often a grueling and challenging process. But for Linda Cohen, the death of a family member became the inspiration for an intensive, meaningful, and spiritually uplifting journey to heal herself by reaching out to those around her." JewishBoston.com
"The idea of Cohen’s book is to create a habit and a deliberate practice of small acts of kindness. This is the perfect way to begin the holiday season- to encourage your kids (and your spouse) to embrace a new focus of giving this season that will hopefully stick as a lifelong way of being. Especially when times are economically challenging for so many as they are now, every small act of kindness and sharing has an impact beyond our own imagining." Gina Caroll, The Houston Chronical
"Scientific studies suggest that that doing mitzvot makes subjects feel better and, by the end, Cohen felt that her project [1,000 Mitvahs] had indeed improved her physical and mental health during the period of grieving, while also making her a more conscious person overall." The Jewish Daily, FORWARD
"From sharing your umbrella with a stranger to rescuing a lost dog to letting go of an old grudge, [1,000 Mitzvahs] serves as a compendium of ideas for making tikkun olam and tzedakah tangible, and as a call to action for those who are unsure where to start." j. The Jewish News Weekly of Northern California