A Letter To Say Hello

Hello! Thank you for visiting my blog. I have to say that with the COVID-19 situation a lot of people may feel depressed, myself included, but there are still ways that we can share our kindness with others. It makes a person feel good to share kindnesses and naturally it makes the recipient feel uplifted as well! We have to remain faithful and continue to hope for the best during these difficult times. In my daily list of suggestions for each day of the week you will find ways in which you can carry out kind deeds.

The first time in the news. A letter I had submitted to our local newspaper dated November 8th 1988.

I created Be Kind to Humankind Week in 1988. I wish that I could say I created it out of a sweet, kind, loving heart, but I didn’t. I was actually enraged and that’s why I created bk2hk. My rage came upon me after reading a heartbreaking article in my local press. The only good thing about this story is that one person was saved from this terrible accident. I had been reading the press too much at the time and that was unlike me because I always get depressed when I read the news and so I avoid looking at it. One day back in August 1988 though I did read it and came upon an article that caused me a great amount of distress. To read what happened you can go to my About page.

I guess I was meant to read the paper that day. If I didn’t read it there would be no bk2hk. With your help and all of those who have helped in the past, Be Kind to Humankind Week will continue to inspire and enrich many more lives! I am humbled and delighted to see so many people enjoying celebrating this special week. Thanks again for checking us out and have a great rest of the summer!

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.

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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?

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 by searching for the hashtag #bk2hk on Twitter.