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Kind July

Kindness is all you need, psychologist and social researcher Hugh Mackay wrote in his best-selling book, The Kindness Revolution. That message has gone viral as he joins Ralph Kelly, director of the nonprofit Stay Kind, to launch Kind July.

Kind July is the legacy of Kelly’s two sons, who both unnecessarily lost their lives. Thomas Kelly was killed in a violent bullying attack, and his younger brother Stuart took his life four years later—both on July 4 when they were 18 years old.

Kind July originated in Australia and is now popping up on meeting planner news feeds around the globe @ #kindjuly. The goal is to commit to doing one kind act each day this month.

Here are a few examples:

• Buy lemonade from a lemonade stand.

• Send a dessert to the next table.

• Leave a positive note on a mirror.

• Facebook message positive notes to friends and family.

• Pick up trash and bring it to the nearest can.

• Be kind to yourself.

Kind July

Take the Kind July pledge today and spread the word about Kind July on social media @ #kindjuly. Let’s create a kinder meetings industry!

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Barbara Scofidio is Editor of Prevue and heads up the Visionary Summits, our exclusive conference series targeting senior-level meeting and incentive planners. In her 30 years in the industry, she has become known for her passion around greening meetings, growing awareness of human trafficking and promoting CSR activities as part of business events. She is currently a member of SITE's Women IN Leadership committee and the media liaison for FICP's Education Committee. She was the first member of the media ever to be invited to sit on a committee by GBTA, where she spent three years on the Groups and Meetings Committee. She has also been an active member of SITE for 30 years, chairing its Crystal Awards committee and acting as a judge. Before joining Prevue in 2014, she served as Editor of Corporate Meetings & Incentives (MeetingsNet) for more than 20 years. She has a BA in Literature/Rhetoric from Binghamton University. Barbara is based outside Boston, in Groton, Mass.