With his new book, The Power of Being Nice, Tom Hanks calls on readers to stop judging each other.
“Don’t be afraid to be yourself, be yourself and be the person you really are,” he writes.
Hanks, a former child star and Academy Award winner, has been working on the book for more than a year, and he says he has found the process to be liberating.
“I’ve had to go into a little bit of self-analysis about how I felt, what I was thinking, and what I’m doing, and how I think about the world,” he says.
“And that’s a hard thing to do, because I’ve been able to put the stuff out and put the thoughts in my head, and that’s been very liberating.”
Hanks says he started by reading books about how people with personality disorders like depression or anxiety have a hard time finding their way in the world.
He began to realize that his own struggles as a father were not unique, and in fact, they were typical.
He said he wanted to share that information, so that others can see what it feels like to have a different identity.
He also wanted to show the difference between the personality disorder and the disorder that you have.
“A lot of people don’t see what they’re dealing with, and if they do, they think that’s not really what it is,” he said.
“So I wanted to let people know that they’re not alone.
They’re not stuck in a situation, they’re just different.”
Hacks says the book is a book about love, forgiveness and hope, but it also touches on issues of sexual assault and bullying, and of course, family.
“What I hope people get out of it is that the book will give you a sense of how much of a different person you actually are, and the things that make you different,” he adds.
“That it will give your kids the chance to see that they have a lot more in common with you than you think they do.”
Hinksons new book is the second he’s written in a year.
The Power Of Being Nice was published in March.
Hinkson says he’s had more than 100 books published, and has been featured on the cover of Esquire, CNN, The New York Times and Vanity Fair.
“There’s nothing I’ve written in the past 10 years that’s had as much attention and attention as this book has,” he told the New York Post.
“It’s gotten a lot of publicity, and I think people appreciate it.”