There Is No Good Card for This
What To Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love
Dr. Kelsey Crowe & Emily McDowell
This book can be downloaded and read in iBooks on your Mac or iOS device.
The creator of the viral hit "Empathy Cards" teams up with a compassion expert to produce a visually stunning and groundbreaking illustrated guide to help you increase your emotional intelligence and learn how to offer comfort and support when someone you know is in pain.
When someone you know is hurting, you want to let her know that you care. But many people don’t know what words to use—or are afraid of saying or doing the wrong thing. This thoughtful, instructive guide, from empathy expert Dr. Kelsey Crowe and greeting card maverick Emily McDowell, blends well-researched, actionable advice with the no-nonsense humor and the signature illustration style of McDowell's immensely popular Empathy Cards, to help you feel confident in connecting with anyone experiencing grief, loss, illness, or any other difficult situation.
Written in a how-to, relatable, we’ve-all-been-that-deer-in-the-headlights kind of way, There Is No Good Card for This isn’t a spiritual treatise on how to make you a better person or a scientific argument about why compassion matters. It is a helpful illustrated guide to effective compassion that takes you, step by step by step, past the paralysis of thinking about someone in a difficult time to actually doing something (or nothing) with good judgment instead of fear.
There Is No Good Card for This features workbook exercises, sample dialogs, and real-life examples from Dr. Crowe’s research, including her popular "Empathy Bootcamps" that give people tools for building relationships when it really counts. Whether it’s a coworker whose mother has died, a neighbor whose husband has been in a car accident, or a friend who is seriously ill, There Is No Good Card for This teaches you how to be the best friend you can be to someone in need.
A wonderful guide to empathy and kindness
Emily Mc Dowell is the creative behind the funny/sweet/insightful line of greeting cards with her name, which also include a series of Empathy cards for people facing illnesses. She knows from experience that reaching out to people who are having a horrible time is important and healing for them, but she also knows that it's very hard for their friends and family to know how to approach this with kindness and humor. I know that I absolutely freeze when I hear someone in my life is sick, and my first reaction is to say nothing and hide under a rock, thinking nothing I say will compare to their pain.
This book is a longer version of what she knows and preaches. I think we could all benefit from this book, so we're able to comfort others instead of hiding away from them.