phone calls on a typical day are placed to domestic violence hotlines nationwide


unaccompanied children and young adults experience homelessness each year in the US 
(HUD Exchange)

1.6 billion 

people across the globe who lack adequate housing
(Habitat, 2015)


suicides took place in the US in 2016, twice as many than there were homicides


of young people and students report seeing bullying in their schools
(Stop Bullying)

Gabriella van Rij - founder of Dare To Be Kind a Global Movement

Dare to do your part.

All it takes is 1 act of kindness within a 2-mile radius.
The vision is a safer world.
The method is kindness.

The vehicle is you.

We dare you to be kind!

Gabriella van Rij [pronounced “ray”] articulated what would become the Dare To Be Kind movement in 2010, while writing her first book With All My Might. She expanded on the concept during her travels and speaking engagements in 2012 with the Dare To Be Kind campaign, which gathered momentum and is now a full-fledged Kindness movement, with Kindness instigators across the globe. Visit here for more about Gabriella van Rij and her story.

The Dare To Be Kind TV Show

Dare To Be Kind World Tour and TV Show Update: The tour will come back to Wisconsin for 10 days in January of next year! We’ll be interviewing 🎥 members of the police force, firefighters, paramedics, and others! 👮‍♀️👨‍⚕️Our first-responders EP of the TV show is going to be one you won’t want to miss! Lots of thanks go to Megan Rauschenberger who will be lining up the interviews for us! You’re a champ! 🙏💪 (Pssst... Everyone, claim a Kindness perk here and show your support!)

Watch the movement move as the founder, Gabriella van Rij, hits the road, captures your kindness stories, speaks at schools, communities, and corporations, and creates safer communities through 1 act of kindness wherever she goes.

Use the MINUS button to ZOOM OUT and see the full map. Or go here to see the Travel Map, live updates, and more!

Kindness only grows more Kindness.

We get a lot of inquiries asking how to help, and it’s really simple… no fees, no forms, no complicated steps.

  • 1. Share a story on the #DaretobeKind site.
  • 2. Make Dare To Be Kind TV a reality. Get involved!
  • 3. Grow the movement on Facebook, Twitter, YouTube, and Instagram.
  • 4. Donate your hotel rewards points to keeping the Kindness Team on the road, pushing kindness into the news cycle and creating a TV show that will be pure positive energy from start to finish. If you'd like to help out in this way, write to this email address:

Recent Stories

Interview With A Veteran / Licensed Clinical Social Worker

Gabriella van Rij, founder of the Dare To Be Kind movement, talked with Joel Price on November 11, 2018 about what led to his work as a licensed clinical social worker.

Q: Tell us a bit about your history.
I think I played with GI Joes too much and thought it was cool...

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Interview with a Volunteer at The Poiema Foundation

Note: The Poiema Foundation educates the public and raises awareness in order to prevent sexual abuse, sex trafficking, and other methods of sexual exploitation. Gabriella van Rij, founder of the Dare To Be Kind movement, talked with Monica Greer on November 11, 2018 about the volunteer work she does with The Poiema Foundation.

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The Ripple Effects of One Navy SEAL's Last Letter Home

The last time I saw Marc, I knew he wasn’t coming home. He came and stayed with me for a week.

As he drove off for the last time to deploy, my oldest son and I stood on the front lawn waving goodbye, and I said, “I don’t feel good about this,” and he said, “Neither do I, Mom.”

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