Did You Know…

This write up was found on a bulletin board of a national corporation in New York City in 1993. We’re not sure who the writer and illustrator are. At the time the web was still brand new so any publicity we received was by newspaper, magazine, book, radio, and of course, bulletin board. We have a few more pieces of publicity that we saved which we’ll be sharing on this website soon.

Did you know…August 25-31 is “Be Kind to Humankind Week?”

Discouraged and angered by a daily diet of life’s negative news, housewife and mother Lorraine Jara, of Toms River, New Jersey, started “Be Kind to Humankind Week” in 1988. Thousands of new friends and five years later, this event is celebrated by people across the United States.

Be Kind to Humankind week highlights the need for people to perform positive acts of love and kindness for others – and ourselves – to counterbalance the negative things we read and hear about every day. “To make the world a better place, we must first change our attitudes for the better,” says Lorraine. “We have the power to create our own good news every day if we choose to do so.”

According to Lorraine, we have the power each day.

Lorraine suggests, for instance, that on Sunday we can sacrifice our wants and needs for other’s needs; Monday we can be considerate to motorists; Tuesday we can touch a heart; Wednesday we can be willing to lend a helping hand; Thursday we can be thoughtful; Friday we can forgive a foe; and on Saturday we can speak kind words.

The first year of Be Kind to Humankind Week, Lorraine and her family celebrated it alone. The next year she talked her friends and neighbors into joining them. By the third year, thousands of people participated. It was a success.

Radio stations and newspapers across the country began interviewing her about the “holiday.” Representatives of Former Presidents Ronald Reagan and George Bush sent letters of support. She even got the attention of entertainers like Oprah Winfrey, Shirley MacLaine, Paul Simon and Peter Gabriel.

But what Lorraine values most is the support of people all over America who believe, as she does, that human beings are essentially good-hearted, loving and kind. “I know that there is evil in the world, but it doesn’t outweigh the good,” she says. “We just need a better balance of good news. It’ll improve our health, relationships and we’d leave this world a better place for our children.”

Who says that one person can’t make a difference?

Connect with People

“Connect with people. It will do something for your soul.” – Lori Gottlieb

Be Kind to Humankind Week Celebrates Its 30th Year Milestone This Month

Once again bk2hk’s celebration is coming upon us and we want to take this opportunity to thank all of those individuals who have helped us through out the years to spread kindness to those around us. Be Kind to Humankind was born in August of 1988 and turns 30 years old this year!! With your help and with the help of those before you, bk2hk has reached many thousands of people through out the world!! It’s astonishing yet true that one person has created this celebration and it has grown year after year. I am that person and in 1988 I was 30 years old, now 30 years later I’m 60 years old and I continue to be very humbled to see what wonderful things people do to help us promote kindness. Please remember to remain kind throughout the year, not just this one week! A little kindness goes a long way. Make the decision to be kind. Study our daily affirmations and continue to practice these ideas every day and add ideas of your own! Thank you again and enjoy this celebration of being kind to others.

BK2HK Week 2015 Roundup

A big thank you to everyone who celebrated Be Kind To Humankind Week this year! We loved seeing all of you share your ideas and kind words! You are all amazing!

Just One Week Of Kindness Can Improve Your Mood And Change Your Brain

Our Requests for Kindness, in 6 Words

Kindness Makes The World Better… But It Also Has A Surprising Benefit

There’s still time to join Be Kind to Humankind Week

10 Things You Can To Do To Celebrate Be Kind to Humankind Week

Seven Daily Tips to Make the World a Better Place

Check out some of the tweets from the week below, and for more check out our favorites on Twitter.

Kind Words

“Kind words can be short and easy to speak, but their echoes are truly endless.”
― Mother Teresa

Be kind to the people you meet on the way up…

“Be kind to the people you meet on the way up…because they’re going to be the same people you meet on the way down.”

― Jackie Gleason

Thank you!

I want to take this opportunity to say thank you to all of those people who participated in Be Kind to Humankind Week! As I had mentioned in my last blog entry, people who show an interest in promoting the week tend to just take the information about Be Kind to Humankind Week and run with it! Their sense of creativity is always great and word of the celebration reaches many people!

Thank you again and have a wonderful fall!

Happy 26th birthday to Be Kind To Humankind Week!

It’s hard to believe that BK2HK is 26 years old! I created it in 1988 when I was 30! I can’t get over how fast time passes by. I just want to ask you to slow down during Be Kind to Humankind Week and take the time to share your good thoughts and good deeds with others. I wish that we could incorporate this way of thinking all year round, its very difficult to do. But if we can give it a try, be mindful of our words and actions towards others, well that would be great! It would be the start of a very good thing.

Be well, be Kind.

Please don’t forget to check out our list of daily affirmations

Be Kind to Humankind Week is celebrated every year on August 25-31. Read about how BK2HK got started here.

The Days

Show them that you care
Sacrifice Our Wants For Others’ Needs Sunday

Drive Courteously
Motorist Consideration Monday

Spread kindness, one heart at a time
Touch-A-Heart Tuesday

Offer a helping hand
Willing-To-Lend-A-Hand Wednesday

Treat others well
Thoughtful Thursday

Come together
Forgive Your Foe Friday

Say something nice
Speak Kind Words Saturday

Love In Motion

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