Wyoming: A State Filled with Kindness

Wyoming: A State Filled with Kindness

We were BLOWN AWAY by the efforts made around the state to spread kindness during the official Random Acts of Kindness Week in February. And the best part? We keep hearing about even more acts of kindness! Whether through facebook, word of mouth, or email, we continue to hear remarkable stories from all across this great state. Keep up the great work Wyoming! 

Big News for RAK Week

We are so thrilled to have the support of Wyoming Governor Matt Mead and Wyoming Superintendent Jillian Balow! This video tells more of their passion for kindness. 

Want to know more about Random Acts of Kindness Week? Here's some more information:

Random Acts of Kindness Week is recognized around the world, and is intended to celebrate kindness. In Wyoming, Governor Matt Mead has signed a proclamation making it “Wyoming Random Acts of Kindness Week”. In addition, School Superintendent Jillian Balow has encouraged schools to find a way to integrate kindness curriculum and efforts into schools across the state.

Multiple cities including Casper, Gillette, Rock Springs, Green River, Cheyenne, and Lander are signing their own proclamations and initiatives, and dozens of schools will participate through student-led efforts to share kindness. Additional information can be found on the website www.kindnesswyoming.org.

Wyoming School Superintendent Balow comments, “I can’t think of a more central Wyoming value than kindness. Join us for Random Acts of Kindness Week 2017”.  

Chris Murray of Casper serves as the volunteer project leader and comments, “Amidst all of the challenges and chaos we face on a daily basis we wanted to initiate a project that reminded people to be kind to one another. We have been shocked at how well received the efforts have been and look forward to seeing kindness take over the state of Wyoming from February 12-18, 2017”.

Be on the lookout for random acts of kindness in your community, you never know where they might appear!

So go to www.kindnesswyoming.org or on Facebook and post your favorite acts of kindness with hashtag #kindnesswyoming all one word.  Can you do it?  I’m sure you can!  Tell us about something kind you saw or did.  And make Wyoming and the world a better place. 

For more information please contact Mandy Fabel at 307-343-5922 or kindnesswyoming@gmail.com

Dinner for Two

A few weeks ago, my boyfriend and I made plans to treat ourselves to a nice dinner in Laramie. We had just finished finals and the weather was miserable, but we figured we ought to go out and celebrate before we went our separate ways for Christmas break. At the restaurant we were seated next to an older couple with whom we made pleasant small talk, mostly commenting on the blizzard conditions outside. They ended up getting their food first and leaving before us. As they left they wished us a merry Christmas.

When we were ready to pay our bill, which we had been anxiously anticipating after ordering liberally from the menu under the pretense of 'celebrating', our waitress informed us that our meal had been paid for by the couple who had been sitting next to us. We were surprised and so thankful considering our college-aged budgets. Not knowing how to thank them, we left a generous tip for our waitress in hopes of sharing the kindness we had received.       

Submitted by Sally Murray of Laramie, WY

Rex and Murphy's Excellent Adventure

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A few weeks ago I was on my way home from visiting family in Colorado and was taking a few backroads to drive to Laramie, Wyoming. Traffic was pretty busy on the interstate and I was worried about getting to a meeting on time. All of the sudden I realized traffic was slowing down because there were a couple of dogs in the road. Everyone was swerving around them, and I started to do the same. 

Then I realized that those dogs belonged to someone. 

I pulled over and got out of my car in the frigid winter temps. The two dogs, who looked like some kind of malamute blend, immediately started coming over to me. I checked their collars and found their names- Rex and Murphy- as well as a phone number. I dialed the number and fortunately the owner of the two dogs answered and said she didn't even know they had gotten out.

The owner sent another family member over pick them up. In the mean time both dogs snuggled up for some pets and managed to keep me warm while we waited. 

I showed up to my meeting in Laramie 30 minutes late and covered in dog hair, but everyone in the room was a dog owner and completely understand the value of helping a few sweet dogs be reunited with their owner. When the dog owner asked how she could repay me, I just said "pay it forward." 

Kindness Matters

Everyday we all make choices about how we will show up in our home, work, and community spaces. We get to choose the kind of impact we would like to have on others, and the environment we want to have around us. Now more than ever before, kindness matters. 

Did you know people who practice acts of kindness actually report being happier themselves and have improved health from a lower heart rate and stress level? There are plenty of ways kindness can fit into a free hour, minute, or even second of your day. Join us, be kind! 

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