This week, February 9-15, is Random Acts of Kindness Week, a worldwide movement developed to inspire people to create a better world by practicing kindness and passing it on to others.

Imagine if for one week, everything we read and watch is flooded with positive messages… uplifting news stories, inspiring quotes, kind comments, etc. That’s the goal of Random Acts of Kindness Week (#RAKWeek), and definitely something we can get behind!

“How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.”- Anne Frank

The Random Acts of Kindness Foundation (RAK) was founded in 1995 in Denver, Colorado. We’re not sure if the secrecy behind the organization is in the spirit of its movement, but they are privately funded with an endowment, and offer little more information regarding how it all began.

You can check out the RAK website, which offers a chockfull of simple, but meaningful ideas of how to spread kindness, or be inspired by some of our very own WYSKs. Whether by knitting, making sandwiches, running, or leaving a love note behind, these are just a few women who have made random acts of kindness their way of life.

Erin Dinan

ErinDinanErin wanted to change the world, but wasn’t sure what she, as one person, could possibly do to make a difference. It was a simple sandwich and a chance encounter with a homeless man that gave her the clarity and inspiration she needed, and her nonprofit, One Sandwich at a Time was born. Read more…

Anna Judd

anna_runsOn March 22nd, while other people were going for their morning jogs, Anna was heading out from Venice Pier in Venice, CA on a 3,200 mile run across America. Powered by nothing but her own two legs, iron clad will, and compassion, the 28 year old artist is running not for herself, but for U.S. veterans. Read more…

Barbara Demorest

knitted_knockers_smallBarbara was diagnosed with breast cancer in 2011. Due to complications, immediate reconstruction was not an option. Feeling self-conscious and embarrassed post-mastectomy, she was at a loss as to what to wear to appear “normal.” That’s when she learned about Knitted Knockers and decided her new life’s mission: to make free Knitted Knockers available to any woman going through what she was. Read more…

Hannah Brencher

hannah_letters“Life is hard. And yes, it breaks your heart. But you don’t have to go it alone.” Hannah started the The World Needs More Love Letters project, spreading love, kindness and inspiration through letter writing. These are not conventional love letters, written to a real beloved, but surprise letters from strangers for strangers during a time of need. Read more…

Maria Keller

maria_keller_smallMeet Maria, a not-so-ordinary 5th grader from Plymouth, Minnesota. The book-lover, turned champion of literacy founded a successful 501c3 nonprofit – Read Indeed – when she was just 8 years old. Her mission: to get 1 million books into the hands of kids in need before she turns 18. Amazingly… she’s already five years ahead of schedule! Read more…

Laura-Kay Prophet

duck_lady_smallKnown as “The Vancouver Duck Lady”, Laura-Kay walks around town with her pet duck, connecting with strangers, bringing joy, and a little help to those in need. Raised in a difficult and abusive home, Laura-Kay looked for a way to channel her pain and isolation into something good. Today, along with delivering much needed moments of joy and happiness, Laura-Kay has donated close to $100,000 and continues on. Read more…

If you are unable to randomly perform acts of kindness this week, don’t despair. RAK assures us that doing simple acts, including smiling at strangers and leaving quarters behind at the laundromat, can be done throughout the year, and will leave us feeling just as happy.

Lead image via RAK

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