"We want to demonstrate that kindness is more than just a nice ideal, it’s actually a viable way of existing in the real world."
— The Kindness Offensive
In February, I wrote about Random Acts of Kindness Week, the perfect time to let out your inner Good Samaritan and make a gesture of kindness to someone else, but it's certainly not the only time. In fact, one new London-based initiative is teaching folks how to "have fun with kindness," all year long.
David Goodfellow, 29, and his housemates (Benny Crane, 26, James Hunter, 22, and Callum Teach, 29) are spontaneous do-gooders who go by the name The Kindness Offensive. They literally specialize in kindness ... meting out kind gestures large and small to unsuspecting members of the public.
“I feel like we live in this climate where everyone is taught to mistrust each other,” says Goodfellow in an interview with the U.K. newspaper The Independent. “We’re told to report suspicious behaviour and keep an eye on what your neighbour is up to. We’re never encouraged to help each other out.”
So The Kindness Offensive group has made a mission of helping people out. They persuaded Yamaha to donate a red guitar to a boy who they knew wanted one. They sent someone to see the Moscow State Circus, sent another person to see a match at Wembley and, last October, they distributed more than 25 tons of food to the poor.
Here's a look at some of their recent Kindness Offensive projects.
This is the kind of story that makes me smile. I'm so glad to know there are folks like these four great guys who care so much about spreading happiness. It inspires me to do the same. I won't say when and I won't say where ... but I'll be taking the Kindness Offensive to my own streets this week.
Have a happy (and kind) week!
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