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Random Acts of Kindness Week With Heidi Burton

Feb 17, 2010

by heidiburton

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Having always had an affinity for typographic affirmations, fellow UKer and artist, Heidi Burton, contributed to Underground Art School magazine in 2008. Ever since she’s been illustrating similar subject matter with a trademark wit and playful innocence that I’ve come to know with great fondness since Heidi opened her Etsy shop in July 2009.

When she was recently invited by Gretchin Anderson of the Undercover Kindness Blog to take part in Random Acts of Kindness Week (February 15-21), she jumped at the chance to be involved and was so enthused that she also wanted to help spread the word about this grassroots movement throughout Etsyland.

Today, as part of her ongoing journey with kindness and thoughtfulness as inspiration, Heidi shares tips and encouragement for all of us on ways to jump on board the feel-good bandwagon.

Heidi’s printable PDF sheet of ten business-sized cards, especially designed for this week, is available for free download from the Undercover Kindness blog. She says, “These can be handed out to friends, strangers, left in public places, and hidden in secret places — in an attempt to spread happiness. Sharing is caring!”



Photos from Heidi on Flickr

“So shines a good deed in a weary world.”William Shakespeare

What are random acts of kindness?

The phrase “practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty” was first coined by peace activist Anne Herbert. Acts of kindness involve being proactively nice. They can be organised or spontaneous, large or small, anonymous or face-to-face. The point is to give selflessly and evoke happiness in others without wishing for anything in return.

The Kindness Offensive are a fantastic example of human beings who believe in giving and sharing. The collective from London has taken acts of kindness a step further, bringing together communities and encouraging others to join in with fun and inspiring activities. Their aim is to “demonstrate that kindness is more than just a nice ideal, it’s actually a viable way of existing in the real world.” This video shows more about their ethos and random acts of kindness on an industrial scale:


The Free Hugs Campaign is another great example of giving and sharing. Founder Juan Mann started a Free Hugs movement and seeks volunteers across the globe to offer free hugs to strangers. Quoting from his website, In this age of social disconnectivity and lack of human contact, the effects of the Free Hugs campaign became phenomenal.”


Free Hugs Campaign International France [via Juan Mann on Flickr]

Free Hugs Campaign International Australia [via Juan Mann on Flickr]


Other kindly people include Melissa Morris Ivone from the blog Operation Nice where you can discover lots of fantastic ideas about spreading kindness, and Amanda Oaks and Jenn Gibson at Kind Over Matter whose blog is dedicated to
“kind acts, inspirational art and kind projects,” with a focus on the handmade community.

So, what can we do?

Random acts of kindness can be anything from smiling at a stranger, listening to someone, or giving a sincere compliment, to being a volunteer, making donations, or organising events. Operation Nice has a great list of reader suggestions for kind acts we can perform on a daily basis. Being lovely doesn’t cost anything other than a little spare time, and if it’s doing something you enjoy then it’s time well spent.

The handmade community is a fantastic place to encourage and share with others. I recommend reading this blog post about The Sneak Attack, the story of how Etsian Michael Phipps, a.k.a. phippsart, nurtured his idea for people to sneakily buy en masse from new Etsy shops via the Handmade Movement website. It’s even more enjoyable when kindness comes as a surprise!

Through Etsy we can encourage and support each other in the fora, we can promote each other through our blogs and social networks. We can endeavour to treat our customers kindly with the best service they are ever going to receive, and beautiful packages. We can go that step further and make someone’s day! We can also encourage kindness through our work, as many already do. It would be lovely to hear of the random acts of kindness the Etsy community have been on the receiving end of!

I will leave you with this quote from the Dalai Lama: “Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”

Further resources:
The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation
Help Others
Dreamweavers
The Hunger Site
Do-it (UK volunteering)
Postsecret

Many thanks to Heidi for telling us about this wonderful movement.

Check out her picks in the Related Items.

Browse items tagged “Kindness” on Etsy | Read More Posts In The UK Edition


 We look forward to hearing about your big or small plans for Random Acts of Kindness Week!

Let us know in the comments section below.

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149 comments

  • VixVintage

    VixVintage said 7 years ago

    I love this, thanks so much!

  • KOALACaddie

    KOALACaddie said 7 years ago

    It doesn't cost a nickel to be kind.

  • VixensEmpire

    VixensEmpire said 7 years ago

    I WANT A HUGGGGG

  • birdie1

    birdie1 said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the inspiration! I go forth!

  • mranaedesigns

    mranaedesigns said 7 years ago

    Thank you, thank you! This is awesome!

  • organicquiltcompany

    organicquiltcompany said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the great article. It is inspiring to think what a difference a smile can make to someone's day!

  • yumptatious

    yumptatious said 7 years ago

    Awww, I'm feelin the love and am off to share it in a groovy, respectful and fragrant way. ((((HUG!!!))))

  • Ebruk

    Ebruk said 7 years ago

    I love this, thanks so much!

  • ThePaperTray

    ThePaperTray said 7 years ago

    Great inspiration here! Love all the picks!

  • Morado

    Morado said 7 years ago

    So true. a simple thing as smiling at a stranger can be infectious and brighten up his/her day! So touched.

  • humblebea

    humblebea said 7 years ago

    So inspirational! (-:

  • workingforpeanuts

    workingforpeanuts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for this! I feel warm and fuzzy and I'll pass it along! Back at you all!

  • petragalvan

    petragalvan said 7 years ago

    I love this week.

  • TheArtOfJoy

    TheArtOfJoy said 7 years ago

    I didn't realize! Hugs to all around!

  • Krystyna81

    Krystyna81 said 7 years ago

    Great article. I am hoping my kids get bit by the kindness bug early in life. Recently, for my sons 5th birthday, we asked all his friends to buy dog and cat food for the local humane society instead of presents. We ended up collecting over 150 pounds of food! When we delivered it, the Humane Society was blown over, and made a big deal out of it for Jack - he carried the food in, said hi to all the animals, got his picture taken. He was grinning from ear-to-ear. I hope that experience will stay with him longer than any new toy would have :)

  • TanyaMac

    TanyaMac said 7 years ago

    I'm feeling the glow! Thanks Heidi for the gorgeous cards - I'll be handing them out randomly at my next crafty market. I can't wait to see peoples faces! ;D

  • dbabcock

    dbabcock said 7 years ago

    Nice! Someone came into my studio this week and handed me a happy face sticker - it was so sweet!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 7 years ago

    Thank you!ispiring!

  • silkstory

    silkstory said 7 years ago

    Sorry! Inspiring! It is free - to be kind and no money need to give a hug!

  • slinkymalinkicat

    slinkymalinkicat said 7 years ago

    Great article! Thank you!

  • Marang97

    Marang97 said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article! **hugs** For the whole month of February I am donating all proceeds from my shop to the American Cancer Society and the Karie Schlukebir Award at Indiana University. Karie was my sister-in-law and passed away in January after battling cancer for 11 years.

  • samura

    samura said 7 years ago

    ~~hugs...and doing nice things for others...always feels good!~~ thanks!!

  • MelroseFields

    MelroseFields said 7 years ago

    Be Nice to People....!!!! Great article great finds...I am volunteering this weekend. It is good to give back and...just be nice to people!

  • samura

    samura said 7 years ago

    hugs...and doing something nice for others...always feels good! thanks!!

  • saintesmariesjewelry

    saintesmariesjewelry said 7 years ago

    great article, very inspiring, It's all about kharma! http://www.saintesmariesjewelry.etsy.com

  • ozzana

    ozzana said 7 years ago

    HUGS!

  • designlab443

    designlab443 said 7 years ago

    o.k. you did it... made me smile... thank you!

  • heatherberry

    heatherberry said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! Great work! Free Hugs!!!!

  • CarryTheWord

    CarryTheWord said 7 years ago

    Kind words are short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless. Mother Teresa

  • Kukaramba

    Kukaramba said 7 years ago

    This is so great! I really thought that almost no one is caring about others tight now...

  • Whimsywares

    Whimsywares said 7 years ago

    Inspirational and cute at the same time! I love these designs and the idea is a great one.

  • spacejam

    spacejam said 7 years ago

    this is great!! i got a hug in Madrid_)

  • beautifulbridget

    beautifulbridget said 7 years ago

    Excellent article, thanks!

  • SimpleJoysPaperie

    SimpleJoysPaperie said 7 years ago

    What a GREAT article! I'm always happy to be a part of these types of causes. :)

  • polkadotmagpie

    polkadotmagpie said 7 years ago

    Wonderful graphics. Okay...group hug everyone. 8-}

  • pouch

    pouch said 7 years ago

    what a warm n' fuzzy idea! love Heidi's work, it makes me smile :)

  • worksofwhimsy

    worksofwhimsy said 7 years ago

    What a nice post. Last summer, I left yellow mice in random public locations with a tag that read "Congratulations on finding this mouse. Have a beautiful day!" and included an email address. i received some lovely emails from the lucky finders. No promotion, no selling, just trying to spread the love.

  • nowonder

    nowonder said 7 years ago

    It's not so "random acts of kindness" if its orginized but I like it.

  • thelandlockedsailor

    thelandlockedsailor said 7 years ago

    Awesome! I used to love "Surprise & Delight" at Starbucks... I need to get back into the habit. Thanks so much for this post, and for the download! I only have a B/W printer, so I'm coloring them in by hand. Fun!

  • polkadotscloud

    polkadotscloud said 7 years ago

    i love hug each other :) yuuuuuuu!

  • AnniesWearableArt

    AnniesWearableArt said 7 years ago

    i love this article so much...and hope that the kindness will rub off!

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    Awww... I LOVE this!! Heck yes - in my book, it still totally ranks as a "random act of kindness" - even if it is organized. What a wonderful movement!! :) Hooray for more kindness!! (and thank you for the free download - so cute!! Can't wait to get my children involved!)

  • ThePeachTree

    ThePeachTree said 7 years ago

    I'm on it! Downloaded and ready for action :)

  • shopgoodgrace

    shopgoodgrace said 7 years ago

    btw... loving Krystyna81's thoughtful idea for the dog and cat food instead of birthday presents - wonderful!! And such a sweet little 5 year old - for being willing to forgo birthday presents from his friends. Kudos!!

  • hulagirlsoapco

    hulagirlsoapco said 7 years ago

    Lovely!

  • flightfancy

    flightfancy said 7 years ago

    That is absolutely fantastic!

  • lifeofcolors

    lifeofcolors said 7 years ago

    Sometimes just looking people in the eyes and smiling makes a huge difference. It's an acknowledgment that they exist. :-)

  • callmemimi

    callmemimi said 7 years ago

    Hugs to all ! ...and smiles too ...

  • bylynnkrestel

    bylynnkrestel said 7 years ago

    for valentines day - we made frosted sugar cookies for people who didn't expect it! great fun and love lessons for my kids! thanks for the download!!

  • ClementinesJewelry

    ClementinesJewelry said 7 years ago

    Very inspiring! thank you

  • JaniceCordeiro

    JaniceCordeiro said 7 years ago

    I have practiced this my entire life. lets hope it catches on. The world can use more kindness.

  • RoughMagicCreations

    RoughMagicCreations said 7 years ago

    Wonderful and inspiring! Many thanks!!! :)

  • AutumnLeavesJewelry

    AutumnLeavesJewelry said 7 years ago

    oh wow did I need to see this today! Thank you for sharing and uplifting series and topic!

  • ArzuMusa

    ArzuMusa said 7 years ago

    I love this article... That is great... XOXOXO

  • LittleGemsbyKari

    LittleGemsbyKari said 7 years ago

    this is fantastic- very inspiring! I want to join the kindness movement :)

  • missindie

    missindie said 7 years ago

    Free Hugs is soooo inspirational to me!

  • girltuesdayjewelry

    girltuesdayjewelry said 7 years ago

    Great topic and finds! Heidiburton's artwork is adorable. Spread the love!!!!!!!

  • ArtWhims

    ArtWhims said 7 years ago

    L-O-V-E love it! Everyday should be a random acts of kindness day :)

  • amyholtondesigns

    amyholtondesigns said 7 years ago

    Love the article. We should never be too busy or too in a hurry to be kind to one another. Keeping in theme, I was searching for something on Whole Foods website on Monday and came across this blog post. Thought it would be appropriate to share. It brought tears to my eyes! http://bit.ly/cY9Xq1

  • opendoorstudio

    opendoorstudio said 7 years ago

    I just LOVE this storque. I think if we all did this..imagine what a better world we would live in! I have written " scatter kindness" above my door in hopes that whenever my kids leave the house they remember that!

  • baconsquarefarm

    baconsquarefarm said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article very inspiring~ as my mom always told me as a child~ "do unto others as you would have them do unto you." Thanks again for writing this~

  • lovintage

    lovintage said 7 years ago

    SO great! Tickles my heart.

  • xoxsmiley

    xoxsmiley said 7 years ago

    Aww, this article makes me feel all warm and fuzzy inside. :]

  • julessabjewelry

    julessabjewelry said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful idea! I'm totally on board and am glad to have some starter material to begin my journey of random kindness! Thank you so much for sharing.

  • BlackStar

    BlackStar said 7 years ago

    What a wonderful article! Thank you~

  • FoodForHands

    FoodForHands said 7 years ago

    Never give up friends! Believe in yourself! The best is yet to come!

  • candacejean

    candacejean said 7 years ago

    I love those little cards-- perfect for leaving under windshield wipers! This article made me so happy. Thank you. Once in a paid parking garage I let a woman cut in front of me (the exit lines were miserably long). When I got up to the toll booth the ticket-taker explained that the lady I let go in front of me had paid money towards my parking fee for doing her that favor. It made my day!

  • sarahndipities

    sarahndipities said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Now i gotta go give some hugs!

  • zaperoco

    zaperoco said 7 years ago

    Love it. FREE Hugs, that is cool.

  • ChristiesStuff

    ChristiesStuff said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! I'm thrilled that you took the time to bring this to the attention of so many. Thank you! Consider "paying it forward with kindness" through your shop. 'Strandsofgrace' and I do, and the feeling is wonderful to know someone somewhere is benefiting from your loving gesture.

  • loveandbulldogs

    loveandbulldogs said 7 years ago

    I love positive messages like this! And I love Krystyna81's story. Some 5 years olds would throw a fit if they didn't get presents on thier birthday, its a cute story. Some radio DJs in the DC area were promoting a pay it forward day a few months back. People all over VA, DC, and MD were paying for the people behind them in line at drive thru's, starbucks, toll booths. I paid a toll for the person behind me and the toll booth attendant looked at me kind of funny, but it felt good even if it was something small.

  • battysbath

    battysbath said 7 years ago

    I love this idea! We did "RAKs" when i was training for missionary work and it away gave me such a good feeling to be able to surprise other people with something kind. Now i'm off to download the cards :)

  • FreshLemonBlossoms

    FreshLemonBlossoms said 7 years ago

    what a fun happy article, thank you!

  • ArtisticIntentions

    ArtisticIntentions said 7 years ago

    great article, positivity rules!

  • KattyKinns

    KattyKinns said 7 years ago

    I love this! will be downloading my cards and spreading the love now :)

  • jackrabbitspring

    jackrabbitspring said 7 years ago

    Thanks, great story and good downloads...so much fun.

  • solisjewelry

    solisjewelry said 7 years ago

    that print out is so great! way to go Heidi!

  • mazedasastoat

    mazedasastoat said 7 years ago

    This is a great thing to promote, I especially like the idea of paying for the person behind you in the queue... even just a small token payment would make someone feel all warm & fuzzy!

  • creamrose

    creamrose said 7 years ago

    Lovely lovely and a bit more lovely:)

  • maggiemaevintage

    maggiemaevintage said 7 years ago

    What a perfect time of year to bring this to everyone's attention. It doesn't take much to spread an act of kindness.

  • breadandroses

    breadandroses said 7 years ago

    Practice it every day. Love your posts, Amity!

  • dragonhouseofyuen

    dragonhouseofyuen said 7 years ago

    what a wonderful inspirational article, thank you Amity! I practise kindness every day and hope that I succeed in it! I'm not as forward as the professional hugging teams pictured above! my, my, did I have a laugh when I saw the Aussie one!! but I like to give small hugs when needed :) Many of the generous etsy folks I personally know who do rabbit rescue work and support work give many endless random acts of kindness year long to homeless rabbits and their own rescue rabbits :) Kindness crosses all species barriers :)

  • ricerafferty

    ricerafferty said 7 years ago

    Everyone continue to send out good ripples!

  • alittleVintageShop

    alittleVintageShop said 7 years ago

    Fantastic article and I so love the artworks :)

  • purnima

    purnima said 7 years ago

    Oh, I'd love this to be a regular feature with updates! Great article, great vibes!!!

  • juliegrace

    juliegrace said 7 years ago

    Ain't love grand!? I really enjoyed the video. It is good to know that there are nice people out there. Making people smile is such a wonderful thing. Carry on nice people!

  • heidiburton

    heidiburton said 7 years ago

    Really enjoyed reading your comments about kindness, thanks so much, inspiring! Just found this lovely printable affirmation gift set on the Kind Over Matter blog: http://kindovermatter.blogspot.com/2009/07/printable-affirmation-gift-set.html Enjoy!

  • KisforCalligraphy

    KisforCalligraphy said 7 years ago

    hugs to you heidi and underground art school mag. a fan of yours since 2007! you are all lovely!

  • FatButtonGirl

    FatButtonGirl said 7 years ago

    Ahh this has got to be the greatest week of the year! Thanks for letting me know, i'll be off with smiles!!

  • EASantangelo

    EASantangelo said 7 years ago

    I think this is a beautiful idea!! Sometimes people really need to be told they are wonderful to put a smile on their face!

  • MinceCo

    MinceCo said 7 years ago

    spreading the good word huh :)

  • jennyhoople

    jennyhoople said 7 years ago

    Great article (can't wait to start leaving those kind cards places!) I love making people's days happier!

  • brianarose

    brianarose said 7 years ago

    love all the colors!

  • twolefthands

    twolefthands said 7 years ago

    One kind word is all it takes! This is very inspiring! I'm off to hug someone!

  • ValerieTyler

    ValerieTyler said 7 years ago

    I think this just may be my favorite post of all time on here. Thanks especially for the motivating links to what others are doing, as well as encouraging a sense of community. here! here! :)

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article Thank you!

  • AnnTig

    AnnTig said 7 years ago

    Wonderful article. Thank you!

  • revampedart

    revampedart said 7 years ago

    SO Sweeet!

  • CDLjewelry

    CDLjewelry said 7 years ago

    KitLane's wool felting is AWESOME!

  • kadlubik

    kadlubik said 7 years ago

    hugs from strangers......i am not sure about it.....but being kind to people, this, I like

  • IndieCreations

    IndieCreations said 7 years ago

    Great article! If you haven't checked out the sneak attack thread in the etsy forums, you should... they are such a wonderful and fun group of people!

  • PuzzleBoBuzzles

    PuzzleBoBuzzles said 7 years ago

    whatshername posted this awesome recipe/project on her Etsy page. I was very happy to be on the receiving end of her kindness: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=37018122

  • OneClayBead

    OneClayBead said 7 years ago

    Great new discoveries here, and I love the free hugs movement!

  • artfulrebel

    artfulrebel said 7 years ago

    wow, speaking of incredible, random acts of kindness, several hours ago my car died and this kind business man who was clearly in a rush, helped me jump start it. it was so meaningful because i had been having such a horrible day... then, adding insult to injury, my darn car dies! fortunatly though he was there to lend a helping hand; needless to say, his kindness helped turn my crummy day around (and restore my faith in humanity) :D!

  • sarahknightdesign

    sarahknightdesign said 7 years ago

    thanks for spreading the love:)

  • hscheiwe

    hscheiwe said 7 years ago

    You truly brightened my day! I want to say "Yes, Please!" to whatever comes next . . .

  • recycledwares

    recycledwares said 7 years ago

    wow, free hugs!!

  • prettyfnmess

    prettyfnmess said 7 years ago

    Amity & Heidi! Thank you so much for the kind mention of Kind Over Matter! We love "card drops" & offer a slew of cards on our blog too if you search through our freebies! Awesome! http://kindovermatter.blogspot.com/search/label/freebies Peace to you!

  • BetaBoutique

    BetaBoutique said 7 years ago

    That is so nice! I will print these and attach to the parcels I send to my costumers :)

  • ilovehearts

    ilovehearts said 7 years ago

    I love hugs x

  • artofjane

    artofjane said 7 years ago

    Great thread! I've been trying to give more compliments to people through the day. I often think wonderful things about people and forget to tell them. I think a compliment can really help a person get through their day.

  • gilstrapdesigns

    gilstrapdesigns said 7 years ago

    I've been doing random acts of kindness here lately within the last few months and it is making me feel soooooo good. I'm the one who's feeling the blessings and joy of it all. Thank you for the sharing with us these nice little words and notes that we can print out of encouragement and kindness.

  • camamiel

    camamiel said 7 years ago

    I´ve enjoyed free hugs in my city (Madrid), it´s really comforting and fun. Nice!

  • pinkytoeclothing

    pinkytoeclothing said 7 years ago

    Wonderful! Yay Etsians!

  • mmtncrfts

    mmtncrfts said 7 years ago

    Thanks for the reminder. Kindness Matters (every day).

  • KateVanDorenStudio

    KateVanDorenStudio said 7 years ago

    As an Art child and family Psychotherapist and Artist I greatly appreciate this. Thank you!

  • AnnBernadette

    AnnBernadette said 7 years ago

    What a feel good topic/artist/tangible-hand-out, I love it! Since we're on the topic, anyone looking to support a good deed in progress visit my shop http://www.etsy.com/shop/annbernadette or my blog, http://abernadette.blogspot.com/ to read about what I am doing as a Kiva Fellow for Kiva.org. .love.love.

  • paintingpam

    paintingpam said 7 years ago

    To borrow a phrase, Reach out and Touch someone!! We all need the human contact!

  • bejeweledbynikki

    bejeweledbynikki said 7 years ago

    Good stuff!! I have one for happy thoughts: http://www.etsy.com/view_listing.php?listing_id=34435452

  • frenchtoastfriday

    frenchtoastfriday said 7 years ago

    I feel the love. Making people happy makes me happy :)

  • FiberMixers

    FiberMixers said 7 years ago

    I love the cards to pass out! I'm definately going to pass them out to everyone I know! Thank you!

  • pogoshop

    pogoshop said 7 years ago

    Don't you just wonder what tomorrow's neat surprises will be? I bet everyone who reads this will think of one!

  • Iammie

    Iammie said 7 years ago

    Nice article, love it!

  • capturedimagination

    capturedimagination said 7 years ago

    Great article! I've watched some of the FREE HUGS videos in the past and they are very inspiring. You can find them on YouTube by searching "free hugs". People are doing it everywhere!

  • carlossantiago

    carlossantiago said 7 years ago

    fun illustrations! i need a hug right now. ok, I am kidding, but seriously.

  • lazydayz

    lazydayz said 7 years ago

    I absolutely LOVE articles like this! A smile and a moment of your time are free, give them freely.

  • LHogan

    LHogan said 7 years ago

    cuter than a button xxx

  • CatzillaCrafts

    CatzillaCrafts said 7 years ago

    Every week should be random acts of kindness week!

  • whyte

    whyte said 7 years ago

    Thanks for such a positive happy article, wonderful cards Heidi, thanks for sharing!! This is great!! :)

  • md3bates

    md3bates said 7 years ago

    OMG....I love this piece!!! I hope it spreads.......

  • Scallyrags

    Scallyrags said 7 years ago

    Love it, so cute!

  • VeryCarey

    VeryCarey said 7 years ago

    The Love the Life you Live sterling bracelet says it well!

  • artangel

    artangel said 7 years ago

    LOVE this article - random kindnesses and hugs are great ways to spread some positivity in the world! Can I also mention another organisation carrying out random acts of kindness in the UK, started by Danny Wallace - http://www.join-me.co.uk.

  • DianaGreenhut

    DianaGreenhut said 7 years ago

    Fantastic! I think I'm going to have to go print some of those goodies! Maybe a surprise in a mailbox or quite a few? ;)

  • petitefish

    petitefish said 7 years ago

    Love this - years ago, I started a "RAK" (Random Acts of Kindness) group for troubled youth as a way to help them experience the relatively unselfish act of 'what goes around, comes around'. One boy, a creative sprite like me, made cards for all the lunch ladies in the cafeteria. Needless to say, he got extra helpings of whatever he wanted for the rest of the year - hee!

  • Snowdon

    Snowdon said 7 years ago

    I love this kind of thing, a little kindness goes a long way!

  • SolderingSisters

    SolderingSisters said 7 years ago

    Last week, a random stranger bought my coffee in the drive through at my local Starbucks. The car ahead of me paid for the car behind him..which was me! It made me feel happy all day! Random acts of kindness should be done all the time!

  • windfall

    windfall said 7 years ago

    Yesterday I was approached by a guy on a similar kindness mission. Beautiful & random & kind....so inspiring! Check it out:: http://yearofgiving.wordpress.com/

  • spontaneousreality

    spontaneousreality said 7 years ago

    Thanks for putting a smile on my face when I read the post. I've run into the free hugs campaigners a while ago at speakers corner in Hyde park, and absolutely loved the idea, I personally always try to promote love and kindness wherever i go. I might try to find or start a group in Toronto. Thanks again for the warm inspiration and hugs to you all!

  • TreeHuggerStudio

    TreeHuggerStudio said 7 years ago

    Thank you for posting this. I have to check out some of the links, I love the free hugs.

  • parasolproject

    parasolproject said 7 years ago

    Beautiful... a wonderful message, and inspiring

  • paulajeansgarden

    paulajeansgarden said 7 years ago

    what the world needs now

  • JeansVintageCloset

    JeansVintageCloset said 7 years ago

    Such fun art and hand crafted items, Artwork Nymphaea of Insomnia is fabulous

  • pieintheskyjewelry

    pieintheskyjewelry said 7 years ago

    I always love reminders to do thoughtful things and do not tell anyone you did it..I love the random notes. I am going to get busy making my own notes to leave around my town..thanks

  • taintbosh

    taintbosh said 7 years ago

    This sounds fun...now to give a random hug!

  • TheDreamMerchants

    TheDreamMerchants said 6 years ago

    We have just printed out your wonderful kindness cards and will be carrying them along to the grocery store, tucking them into parcels, etc. I will even hang one on the clothesline to surprise my mom! :O) xoxox

  • marvenniffi

    marvenniffi said 6 years ago

    The car ahead of me paid for the car behind him. landing page design , I like it.

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  • mishaalmira

    Misha Almira said 1 year ago

    This was inspiring! It reminds me that every little kind action can make a difference. The important thing is to act. Misha Almira

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