12 Months of Kindness was started after my husband and I got married and realized that the opportunities to volunteer and give back were not as 'in your face' as they are when we were growing up in high school and college.  Groups and organizations surrounded us with the chance to be involved in events to benefit others.  As a young married couple, we were determined to keep that sense of gratitude and kindness in our lives as our life almost seemed swallowed up in household chores, jobs, and television show commitments. 

We think that it's even more important for us to continue to commit to our 12 Months of Kindness now - since we've added two babies and a handful of pets to our family.  We spend most of our days cleaning dirty diapers, feeding the dogs, and breaking up disputes over toys; kind of dredging through the muck of life.  12 MoK has forced us to take time each month to give back and its been a consistent reminder that we are so grateful for this happy life, albeit usually busy and crazy.

At the beginning of each year, we sit together and plan out the months of how we will contribute to the happiness of someone else.  How we can extend a hand in kindness.  The act of planning out the year keeps us committed to completing the whole year and also gives a chance to get excited about upcoming months and take the planning steps to be successful.

We are now in our fifth year of 12 Months of Kindness (2013) and we are eager to hopefully inspire other individuals, couples, or families to dedicating themselves to giving back a little bit each month as a reminder of your gratitude for life that you live.  You can read more about your personal journey through 12 Months of Kindness on our family blog here.

We hope you find inspiration and encouraging words on this blog.  We'd love to hear from you about how you are incorporating kindness in your life.  We are eager to share other ideas and events on our blog about kindness that is happening all over the world.  Thanks for stopping by - we hope your day is wonderful.

"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

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