Friendship & Random Acts of Kindness

February 11 is Make a New Friend Day. February 12 is Kindness Awareness Day.

And next week (Feb 14-20) is Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Each year The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation organizes a week-long celebration encouraging people around the world to engage in acts of kindness.

Here’s how you can join in…

Write about the Trend of Kindness. Here’s one idea: Do you know what Iran, Sesame Street and Harvard have in common? The answer: the “Trend of Kindness.”

–   On January 20, 2016, Good Magazine reported that Iran has a growing trend of “Kindness Walls” where people hang clothes and coats for those in need.

–   On January 12, 2016, The New York Times reported that the new season of Sesame Street will focus on kindness.

–   On January 20, 2016, The Washington Post announced a new report from Harvard recommending that college applicants focus on kindness instead of overachieving.

Write about the Impact of Kindness on Health. Did you know that kind people have 23% less cortisol (the stress hormone) and age slower than the average population? Or that engaging in acts of kindness actually lowers blood pressure and reduces stress? For more information about the health benefits of kindness, click here.

Do a random act of kindness and write about it. How did it make you feel? How did the person respond? Here are examples from last year on the Huffington Post.

Share the campaign on social media. Here are sample Tweets:

–   Did you know that kind people live longer? Join #RAKWeek and help spread random acts of kindness #Pledge2BeKind bkind.ly/pledge2bekind

–   Let’s flood social media with kindness for just 1 week. #Pledge2BeKind & share your stories from 2/14-20 bkind.ly/pledge2bekind #RAKWeek

–   Can we focus on kindness for 7 days? #Pledge2BeKind, do a random act of kindness & share your story. bkind.ly/pledge2bekind #RAKWeek

Imagine if, for one week, all of your social media feeds were flooded with kindness. Uplifting news stories, inspiring quotes, kind comments…for one week everyone united to focus on the positive. That’s the goal of #RAKWeek.

Fun Ideas for Individuals & Families…

50 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness Week

Resources For Educators…

Kindness Curriculum, Lesson Plans, Project Ideas

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation is an international nonprofit that believes kindness is key to making the world a better place. This non-political, non-religious organization leads the way by reminding people that they have a choice to be kind, and provides them with free tools to make kindness common in their everyday lives.

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