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👋  Hi! If you just received a hat / beanie -- welcome -- and know that one of your fellow humans made it with love, by hand, for you.

They did this kind act from the goodness of their heart.

Yep, that's right, someone you've never met, an unknown friend cares about you and is supporting you on your journey through chemo -- blasting love your way -- with zero expectation of anything in return. Pure kindness and unconditional love.

Everyone on our team loves you, and we are all rooting for you.

Countless people were involved in the delivery of your new gift -- from door to door -- to your hands, heart, and head.

From the shipping team at Knots of Love to the UPS store team who is on board with our mission where our packages arrive each week from all around the country -- to the UPS driver who also is supports our mission with passion and gusto, carrying on average a thousand hats a week down 2 flights of stairs and into the truck -- to our postal person who wears a Knots of Love bracelet in support and solidarity -- to our founder who calls each maker who sends a beanie and hat to personally thank and tell the maker where their lovingly handmade hats, (such as the creation/gift of love you received) were delivered -- all of these people, each one, are blasting love your way as well.

In this wild world, it is more important than ever to support each other and to know that you are loved.

We hope this gift warms your heart as much as it warms ours to know that you have received it.

And we hope you find more love and kindness on this page so that you can feel as much love as possible!

Lastly, because the science of kindness is AWESOME and studies (1, 2, 3, and countless more) show that acts of kindness has great health benefits -- and it feels good to do -- so we hope you will share a quote from this page and/or become inspired/called to do a small act of kindness for someone in your daily life. We do acts of kindness because they are the loving and right thing to do -- but expect nothing in return.

The intention of this page is to provide you with some links to help the kindness keep growing and going -- we have nothing to sell you or ask of you. We have only love for you!

Below we have assembled a page of quotes, projects, books, videos, and ideas that are based on kindness and love. 
We don't make any money on any of these links -- we want you to have them because we love them and love you.

We hope you find this inspiring, love-bringing, and helpful on your journey through whatever it is that you are going through!


P.S.: We suggest bookmarking this page or setting it as your homepage so that you can read the quotes whenever you open your phone or computer. Bit by bit, day by day, is how we will change this world and help each other. We didn't get here overnight, and we won't make a better world overnight -- but we can make an impact and change each other's world in an instant with an act of kindness and love -- and those add up, like anything in life, bit by bit, day by day -- and the good news is that you can choose kindness and love in every moment, here and now, or the next and the next. We can always choose. 

P.P.S. We just started this new page of resources, so please send any ideas, feedback, and suggestions for additions to this page to christine@knotsoflove.org!

Quotes About Kindness

"There are three ways to ultimate success: 
The first way is to be kind. 
The second way is to be kind. 
The third way is to be kind." —Mr. Rogers

"One of the most important things you can do on this earth is to let people know they are not alone."—Shannon L. Adler

“A kind gesture can reach a wound that only compassion can heal.”—Steve Maraboli

“Sometimes it takes only one act of kindness and caring to change a person’s life.”—Jackie Chan

"You can give without loving, but you cannot love without giving."—Amy Carmichael 

“Remember there’s no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end.”—Scott Adams (Dilbert Comic Series creator)

“I think probably kindness is my number one attribute in a human being. I’ll put it before any of the things like courage, or bravery, or generosity, or anything else… Kindness—that simple word. To be kind—it covers everything, to my mind. If you’re kind that’s it.”—Roald Dahl

“Spread love everywhere you go. Let no one ever come to you without leaving happier.”—Mother Teresa

“You cannot do kindness too soon, for you never know how soon it will be too late.”—Ralph Waldo Emerson

“You can cultivate mercy when you extend acts of compassion and kindness to yourself and to other people.”—Bree Miller

“You don't have to be an angel, just be someone who can give.”—Patti LaBelle 

“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.”—Desmond Tutu

"All of us, at some time or other, need help. Whether we're giving or receiving help, each one of us has something valuable to bring to this world. That's one of the things that connects us as neighbors--in our own way, each one of us is a giver and a receiver."  —Mr. Rogers

“Unexpected kindness is the most powerful, least costly, and most underrated agent of human change.”—Bob Kerrey“Be kind whenever possible. It is always possible.”—The 14th Dalai Lama

“A part of kindness consists in loving people more than they deserve.”—Joseph Joubert

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.”—Andrew Iskander

“Compassion isn’t about solutions. It’s about giving all the love that you’ve got.”—Cheryl Strayed

“Carry out a random act of kindness, with no expectation of reward, safe in the knowledge that one day someone might do the same for you.”—Princess Diana

“Love and kindness are never wasted. They always make a difference. They bless the one who receives them, and they bless you, the giver.”—Barbara De Angelis

“That is what compassion does. It challenges our assumptions, our sense of self-limitation, worthlessness, of not having a place in the world, our feelings of loneliness and estrangement. These are narrow, constrictive states of mind. As we develop compassion, our hearts open.”—Sharon Salzberg

“Kindness can become its own motive. We are made kind by being kind.”—Eric Hoffer

“As for…the fear that compassion will involve you in suffering, counter it with the realization that the sharing of sorrow expands your capacity to share joy as well. When you callously ignore the suffering of others, you lose the capacity to share their happiness, too.”—Albert Schweitzer

“Practice random kindness and senseless acts of beauty.”—Anne Herbert

“Go and love someone exactly as they are. And then watch how quickly they transform into the greatest, truest version of themselves. When one feels seen and appreciated in their own essence, one is instantly empowered.”—Wes Angelozzi

“Always be a little kinder than necessary.”—James M. Barrie
“Kindness is the golden chain by which society is bound together.”—Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

“Because that’s what kindness is. It’s not doing something for someone else because they can’t, but because you can.” —Andrew Iskander“Do your little bit of good where you are; it’s those little bits of good put together that overwhelm the world.” —Desmond Tutu

“To err on the side of kindness is seldom an error.”—Liz Armbruster

“My wish for you is that you continue. Continue to be who and how you are, to astonish a mean world with your acts of kindness. Continue to allow humor to lighten the burden of your tender heart.”—Maya Angelou

“It is the characteristic of the magnanimous human to ask no favor but to be ready to do kindness to others.”—Aristotle

“Do things for people not because of who they are or what they do in return, but because of who you are.”—Harold S. Kushner

“Gratitude is the inward feeling of kindness received. Thankfulness is the natural impulse to express that feeling. Thanksgiving is the following of that impulse.”—Henry Van Dyke

"If you could only sense how important you are to the lives of those you meet; how important you can be to the people you may never even dream of. There is something of yourself that you leave at every meeting with another person."  —Mr. Rogers

"Love and success, always in that order. It's that simple AND that difficult." —Mr. Rogers

"Love is like infinity: You can't have more or less infinity, and you can't compare two things to see if they're 'equally infinite.' Infinity just is, and that's the way I think love is, too." —Mr. Rogers

"Life’s persistent and most urgent question is, 'What are you doing for others?'—Martin Luther King Jr.

"We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give."—Winston Churchill

“You have not lived today until you have done something for someone who can never repay you.”—John Bunyan 

"Anyone who saves a life is as if he saved an entire world." ~The Talmud

"Kindness will save the world." ~Geoff Shively

“Remember that the happiest people are not those getting more, but those giving more.”—Robin Sharma 

(a fun + impactful random act of kindness idea is to ask your infusion nurse or doctor or receptionist if you can print some copies of our
kindness quotes page at your infusion center or doctors office -- and put some of these up on the walls and around town at coffee shops or wherever you feel inspired to: Click here for a printer-friendly version of this list of quotes)

Kindness-Based Projects We LOVE

[Film] Mission:Joy - A collaboration between Archbishop Desmond Tutu and The Dalai Lama

[TV Series] Ted Lasso (click here to learn how to get a free trial for AppleTV + watch this award winning show on your phone or at home)

[Book] The World According to Mr. Rogers - by Fred Rogers

[Book] Wisdom From The World According to Mr. Rogers: Important Things To Remember - by Fred Rogers (Pocket size book)

[Book] Life's Journeys to Mr Rogers - by Fred Rogers

[Book] Many Ways To Say I Love You - Wisdom for Parrents and Children - by Fred Rogers (Great if you are a parent)

[Book] Follow Me, Cancer Free - by Melody Lomboy-Lowe (A children's book written by a cancer survivor turned thriver)

[Book] Beyond Remission by Melody Lomboy-Lowe

[Ted Talk] Brené Brown on Vulnerability

[Book Collection] All books written by Brene Brown

Click here for a list of Mr. Rogers quotes about love, life, challenges, and success.

The Science of Kindness

Research shows that doing kind acts improves our health -- and feels great!

Here is an amazing infographic from the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation:

Acts of Kindness

There is no such thing as a small act of kindness.

Even the most seemingly-small act of love will have positive ripple effects and travel farther and make an impact greater than we will likely ever know.

Want to get inspired and start performing some acts of kindness?
Click here to see a list of 30 Ideas for Random Acts of Kindness that we at Knots of Love we created.