Do you believe that kindness is transformative, and can change the world? We do! You’re invited to a week-long celebration of kindness. We know, you are kind all the time! But now’s the time to be a little extra kind, and have fun doing it. Random Acts of Kindness (RAK) Week runs this year from Sunday, February 11 to Saturday, February 17. Spreading kindness is contagious. It boosts happiness, extends life expectancy, and reduces stress and depression. So whether you shovel your neighbor’s walk, put a kind note in a library book, thank a teacher, or even just hold the door open for a stranger, you’re spreading goodness and on your way to becoming a RAKtivist!
Several libraries across the city will have RAK posters and bookmarks. There are also a few programs inspired by RAK:
Make Valentine's Day Cards for kids at Brent's Place and Children's Hospital Heart Institute
Through Tuesday, Feb. 13 @ Ross-Cherry Creek
Make Valentine’s Day special for severely immune suppressed children and make a Happy Valentine’s Day Card for a child at Brent’s Place and a child at Children’s Hospital and decorate a Valentine’s Day cookie for yourself and someone you love.
Field Family: Pet Blankets
Wednesday, Feb. 14, 4-5 p.m. @ Eugene Field
Participate in #CaptureKindness by making pet blankets that will be donated to an animal shelter. Ideal for ages 8-14 with and adult helper.
Meditation for Wellness
Fridays, Feb. 16, 2:30-3:30 p.m. @ Central Library, Floor 1, Burnham Hoyt
Book Club Room
Developing mindfulness can often help us find new resiliency. Join professional instructor Nancy Nielsen and learn firsthand the benefits of meditation.
Home of the Brave: A Small Town, Its Veterans And The Community They Built Together, with Author Donna Bryson
Saturday, Feb. 17, 2:30 p.m. @ Park Hill
Donna Bryson gives a detailed and honest accounting of how residents of a struggling Colorado town revitalized their community by helping veterans looking for a place to call home. Celebrate Random Acts of Kindness Day with us as we discuss how compassion, kindness and service can transform lives and inspire communities and whether Montrose, Colorado, is a blueprint for others.
Thank you to Go Play Denver for inspiration and help on this programming. Check them out for a fun weekly newsletter for free and inexpensive things to do in Denver.
Photo by Ben White @benwhitephotography