February 11-17 is Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Small and KIND ACTS Can Make a MASSIVE IMPACT in your own neighborhood and community, and they are also an easy way to help you or your family get settled into your surroundings in a new neighborhood.

Who do we have to thank for this celebration-worthy celebration? Perhaps it’s Anne Herbert.

Herbert was an author and it is she who is credited with coining the now-familiar phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.” The story goes that Herbert jotted the phrase on a placemat back in 1982 as an encouraging antithesis or contradiction to the phrase “random acts of violence and senseless acts of cruelty.” A decade later in 1993 she published a children’s book, Random Kindness and Senseless Acts of Beauty, a work which was still winning awards within the literary community over 20 years later.

Today this feel-good phrase is part of our lexicon, and is embedded in our culture. We see it branded on clothing, posters, bumper stickers, and memes.  Corporations in industries from food to apparel  to yoga and beyond are shaping their entire corporate identities around the simple notion of kindness. It’s a revolution of sorts, one that speaks to the core of humans and humanity, and one I can definitely get behind. And where there’s a revolution, there’s likely a day on the United States calendar dedicated to the recognition and celebration of it!

In the US, Random Acts of Kindness Day is recognized each year on February 17. Taking part in any way is a cool and easy reminder of how we can be neighborly, or perhaps more neighborly, and of how we all have the power to make a difference! See below for some cool and easy ideas. CLICK HERE TO DOWNLOAD PRINTABLE PDF

And here’s a fun, Denver-rah-rah fact: The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in the US, and is a nonprofit headquartered in Denver, Colorado (source: randomactsofkindness.org).

As if we needed another reason to love this place.

Infographic Jamie DeBrosse

Infographic_Jamie DeBrosse

 

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