“Connect with people. It will do something for your soul.” – Lori Gottlieb
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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?
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!
Check out some of the tweets from the week below, and for more check out our favorites on Twitter.
— steaz (@steaz) August 26, 2015
— Medical Daily (@medicaldaily) August 26, 2015
— Madison Reed (@madisonreedllb) August 26, 2015
— JCCC Student Life (@JCCCStudentLife) August 27, 2015
Celebrate the final week of unique holidays in August, “Be Kind to Humankind Week!” Wordies, what will you do? pic.twitter.com/9AQNKDT8Z7
— Words With Friends (@WordsWFriends) August 25, 2015
Be Kind to Humankind Tip #4: Leave your coworkers a compliment on a sticky note! pic.twitter.com/joCAeaq04R
— Successories (@successories) August 28, 2015
— Ayogo (@Ayogo) August 27, 2015
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!
Be Kind to Humankind Week is celebrated every year on August 25-31. Read about how BK2HK got started here.
Show them that you care
Sacrifice Our Wants For Others’ Needs Sunday
Motorist Consideration Monday
Spread kindness, one heart at a time
Offer a helping hand
Treat others well
Forgive Your Foe Friday
Say something nice
Speak Kind Words Saturday
Here it is June already! It never seems to fail, time flying by so quickly. I really should write on my blog more often. What am I saying…I haven’t written anything for 5 months! I admit that I have been a slacker, but BK2HK has been around for almost 26 years, and when BK2HK is found to be interesting to someone, they promote it in their own way.
I hope this will be the case each year so that Be Kind to Humankind Week will continue to be enjoyed!
Have a great summer!
My New Year resolution is to work on honing my own suggestions on how to celebrate sharing kindness. This goal of practicing what I preach is just as difficult for me as it is for anyone else.
With that said, once again I wish everyone a Happy, Healthy and Prosperous New Year!