International Kindness Day

Random Acts of Kindness Day® is Thursday February 17, 2022, but to be celebrated until the 19th. #MakeKindnessTheNorm    #RandomActsofKindnessDay    #RAKDay

The work to create a kinder world never ends. There is no limit on the amount of goodness we can put into the world, but we need your help! We invite you to join the annual Random Acts of Kindness Day (RAK DAY) celebration on Thursday, February 17, 2022 and help #MakeKindnesstheNorm

We believe every day should be lived with kindness; to give and receive. We live in the real world. Not every day is full of love and roses, there are up and downs all of the time. But ... what we can control is how we choose to treat others.

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—Maya Angelou

"No act of kindness, no matter how small, is ever wasted."

- Aesop

Some random act of kindness over the years:

2009: Operation Beautiful

Caitlin Boyle begins sticking sticky notes with positive messages in public places to encourage self-love.

25, posted a picture of the note on her blog in June, and suddenly women around the globe were mimicking her random act of kindness.

More than 300 note writers have sent in pictures and stories from New York, Germany, Japan and even Iraq to Boyle's OperationBeautiful.com website.

1912: The Titanic rescue by Hardold Lowe

The actions of Harold Lowe, who manned the only lifeboat that returned to the wreck of the Titanic

Harold Lowe, a 29-year-old officer on board the Titanic, was the only person who returned to the site of the shipwreck to save survivors. Despite fearing that his boat would be swamped by desperate people and eventually drowned, Lowe turned his boat around and went back, saving as many as six people from the freezing sea.

2011: Japanese pensioners who volunteered to work in Fukushima

After the nuclear crisis in Fukushima, Japan, a group of 200 Japanese pensioners volunteered to face the dangers of radiation instead of the young. Calling themselves the Skilled Veterans Corp, the group of retired engineers and other professionals volunteered to take on the danger that working in the area could bring. The cancer they could develop from the radiation could take 20–30 years to develop, meaning they would no longer be alive to experience it.

2022:

More recently a study, conducted by a team of leading loneliness experts from prestigious institutions, examined the impact of the Nextdoor KIND Challenge in the United States, United Kingdom, and Australia. Participants in the study carried out small acts of kindness in their communities over four weeks. These acts were divided into five categories (emotional, tangible, informational, companionship, and belonging support) and could be as simple as listening to a neighbor, chatting over the fence, or running an errand. Other acts included sharing potential job opportunities or contributing to a neighborhood cleanup. By the end of the study, 1 in 20 participants felt lonely as compared to 1 in 10 at the beginning of the study. [source: https://www.womansday.com/life/inspirational-stories/a39110694/random-acts-of-kindness-day/]

Finally, a beautiful Facebook group that shares stories about the Kindness Pandemic, so that you can experience and read about kindness every day, not just today.

“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.” - Dalai Lama

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