“There is No Good Card for This”

Dr. Kelsey Crowe discusses her new book “There is No Good Card for This” with the GGSC’s Jason Marsh

DIESEL, A Bookstore in Oakland welcomes Dr. Kelsey Crowe to the store to discuss and sign There Is No Good Card for This: What to Say and Do When Life Is Scary, Awful, and Unfair to People You Love, on Tuesday, January 31st at 7:00 pm. Joining her in conversation will the editor in chief of Greater Good, the magazine of the Greater Good Science Center, Jason March.

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, 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 dialogues, 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.