If we all do one random act of kindness daily, we just might set the world in the right direction. — Martin Kornfeld
In the wake of the heartbreaking Newtown, CT Sandy Hook Elementary School shooting, many of us are wondering how to deal with and process such a tragedy and asking “What I can do to honor those lost?” This past week Ann Curry of NBC News asked this simple question on Twitter, “imagine what would happen if all of us committed to 20 acts of kindness to honor each child lost in Newtown.” She added, “I’m in. If you are, RT #20Acts.” As this quickly spread through social media, #20Acts turned into #26Acts to honor the teachers as well.
Though it shouldn’t take a horrible tragedy for us to be kind to one another, it is still inspiring, motivating, and encouraging to see so many people in our communities come together and care for one another. So to honor those lost we have set out to do #26Acts of kindness and we hope all of you will join us.
To help you get started, we compiled a list of 26 ideas for acts of kindness (in no particular order). Please share your ideas with us as well. Continue reading »
No kind action ever stops with itself. One kind action leads to another. Good example is followed. A single act of kindness throws out roots in all directions, and the roots spring up and make new trees. The greatest work that kindness does to others is that it makes them kind themselves.—Amelia Earhart
Kim, one of our readers, sent over the trailer for the documentary Good Virus, Kindness is Contagious that we thought was fitting for Random Acts of Kindness Week. Watch the trailer after the jump.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted. —Aesop
We can’t believe that we didn’t hear about this until today. This week is Random Acts of Kindness Week from February 13 – 19, 2012. We stumbled upon the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation website while doing research for another blog post, and are super excited to share what they are doing with all of you. The mission of the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is to inspire people to practice kindness and to pass it on to others. Each day this week they will be announcing new kindness ideas and will be challenging you to participate.
Don’t wait til you make your first million to make a difference in somebody’s life. If you have something to give, give it now. Serve food to a food kitchen, clean up a neighborhood park, be a mentor. Not every day is going to offer us a chance to save somebody’s life, but every day offers us an opportunity to affect one.
It’s funny, we had a different post ready to go this morning until I stumbled upon this TED talk. Not only does it have an inspiring and motivational message, a reminder that every bit counts, but it also ties in nicely with One Day Without Shoes, which is today.
By the simple act of taking off your shoes today, you will help raise awareness of the impact a pair of shoes can have on a child’s life and affect the lives of millions of children around the world.
No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted.
—Aesop, Greek fabulist
Never underestimate the impact of a single act of kindness. Back in 2008, a small gesture by a stranger inspired Melissa Morris Ivone to remind all of us that “a little NICE goes a long way” by sharing wonderful reader-submitted stories of random acts of kindness on her blog Operation NICE. Kindness is contagious and if every one of us was a little bit nicer to the people we encounter each day, perhaps the world would be a much better place.
Todd Bieber was skiing in Brooklyn’s Prospect Park and found an undeveloped roll of film. He developed it and reached out to people via the Internet to help him track down the photographer. Watch this video for the amazing conclusion to this inspiring story.
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When we wish and seek to help others, our attitude is more positive and relationships become easier. We are less afraid and have less anxiety. Otherwise we remain shy and hesitant, and feel the need to take a thousand precautions before we approach people. When our intentions are good, we have greater self-confidence and are stronger. This is how we learn to understand how precious and valuable kindness is.
— Dalai Lama
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