This might just be the best week of the year. It's Kindness is Contagious Week and these Grand Valley students are spreading the kindness.

It Looks Like Vandalism, But It's Not

At first glance, it looks like these young people are engaged in acts of vandalism, but I assure you that is not the case. There are simply spreading positive images - with the blessing of the Mesa County Sheriff's Office.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
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Celebrating Kindness Is Contagious Week

These are Grand Valley Kindness is Contagious students from Fruita 8/9 who drew messages of love and kindness and positivity on the patrol cars. It's all about emphasizing the importance of kindness in our lives and encouraging businesses to participate by posting kind words on social media, storefronts, menu signs, and marquees. Kindness is Contagious Week is February 14-19.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
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What the World Needs Now Is More Love and Kindness

What the World Needs Now is a Burt Bacharach tune made popular in the 1960s by Jackie DeShannon, and the message of the song never rang more true than it does today.

What the world needs now is love, sweet love
It's the only thing that there's just too little of
What the world needs now is love, sweet love
No not just for some, but for everyone.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
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Visit the Grand Valley Kindness is Contagious Facebook Page

Grand Valley Kindness is Contagious has a Facebook page where they share positive and encouraging messages for those that visit. One post I especially like is 8 Ways to Promote Kindness.

1. Remind Someone You Care About Them

2. Donate to Your Local Shelters

3. Give Someone A Compliment

4. Support Your Local Businesses

Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
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5. Go Clean Up Trash

6. Send Someone A  Kind Letter

7. Tip the Food Industry

8. Pay It Forward

Kindness Is Intentional

Those are just a few ideas. I'm sure you can come up with some of your own. The fact is, kindness is not difficult,  but it does require effort and it is intentional. A kind word and a smile can make a huge difference in someone's life.

Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
Mesa County Sheriff's Office via Facebook
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We can all follow the example of these Grand Valley young people in being intentional about spreading kindness, encouragement, and positivity. Kindness is universal and it transcends racial, political, and religious differences. It may seem like a daunting task - but, it starts with me, and you. We can make our community a better place by choosing love and kindness over hate, bitterness, and apathy.

More Positive Messages From Grand Junction's Sticker Girl

You might not know Cassidy Veach, but it's quite possible you have seen her car around Grand Junction. It's hard to miss. Cassidy's car is adorned with over 1,000 stickers she has collected over the past three years. The stickers are very personal to Cassidy. Many of the stickers contain messages of positivity, and many are connected to rugby, a sport near and dear to her heart. Some of the stickers come from faraway places she has visited, and some have been sent to her to add to the collection. Where the collection ends probably depends on how long her 2007 Chevy Equinox will last. If you have seen Cassidy's car on the streets of Grand Junction, you may not have been close enough to see what the stickers say, so I'm sharing this gallery to give you an idea of what Cassidy's amazing sticker collection is all about.

 

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