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Choose Kindness Every Day!!

Jeremiah Gettis, 21 years old, September 3, 2006

We would like to announce October 22 as “Choose Kindness Day”.  We dedicate this day that Jeremiah ended his life here on earth stating he didn’t want “to live in a world where people were so cruel” as a day of renewing our dedication to spreading kindness. We invite you to join us.  This is a day we will not only rededicate ourselves to this mission but also create a plan on how we will change our thoughts, words and behavior so that we are living each day from a place of kindness and compassion towards all beings. Change takes time and is usually a series of small steps. What small step can we commit to doing that will add kindness to our world? Change requires being intentional. We often need a plan to carry through our good intentions or they get lost among everything else in our day. We invite you to also rededicate and make plans to continue to foster kind and respectful homes, schools and communities.


Three things in human life are important. The first is to be kind. The second is to be kind. And the third is to be kind. ~Henry James

 points and pledge 10-18-14


We have created a Choose Kindness Toolkit   and Resources for Choose Kindness Day and Week  with  information, suggestions and a pledge for families, schools, workplaces, youth, faith-based, civic, community organizations and communities as a whole. :)  Please feel free to print as needed and share widely. :)  Below you will find short videos that are wonderful reminders to Choose Kindness.  We continue to add more resources so keep checking back! :) 

Thank you!! :) ☮ ❤☺ 


We also invite you to share this event with friends, schools, youth and adult organizations, faith based organizations and civic organizations.  Thank you so much for your kindness!


Jump to:


  • Every morning commit to choosing kindness
  • Repeat to yourself throughout the day “choose kindness”
  • Smile at everyone you see
  • Include those who are left out
  • Ask people how they are and mean it
  • Listen more
  • Look for ways you can help those around you
  • Watch for those being kind to others and express your gratitude
  • Always say “please” and “thank you”
  • Give people the benefit of the doubt
  • When angry take 3 slow, deep breaths
  • Ask how you can help
  • Talk, write, sing, act and play about kindness
  • Think kindness
  • Speak kindness
  • Do kindness
  • Express gratitude often
  • Be kind and gentle with yourself and all beings
  • Do these every way and everyday!   :)


Why Kindness? Blog Post


What’s the big deal about a smile? :)

The Untapped Power of Smiling

The Science of  Smiling: A guide to the most powerful human’s gesture


Articles on kindness:

“Are you Brave Enough for Radical Kindness”?

5 Reasons to be Kind

Kindness Breeds More Kindness, Study Shows

Why Kindness is Good for You

The Helper’s High

A Daily Dose of Kindness: Empowering Students to do Good


Youth and adults can find ideas for getting involved and spreading kindness in your schools and communities here-           





1000’s of Ideas for Teachers and Childcare Professionals













Crafts for Kindness  (More coming soon)

Making a chain of kindness craft for young children

Cups of Kindness Crafts

Kindness Lesson Plans/Activities  (More coming soon)

Random Acts of Kindness Lesson Plans

Multimedia art activities to explore the theme of Kindness


Please keep checking back as I will be adding more links to resources and ideas in the days ahead. :)


Be kind to others, it will pay off – inspirational video


Random Acts of Kindness

Stand by me- playing for change video.  We are all connected and need each other.


Imagine all the people living life in peace


Powerful video to remind us everyone has troubles and being kind can make all the difference


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