November 19, 2020
Houston Kraft talks about his book - Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide for the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness. This is episode 328 of Teaching Learning Leading K12.
Houston Kraft is a speaker, facilitator, kindness advocate and according to his Twitter account - a professional hugger.
Houston’s job is to practice kindness. In high school, he started an organization called Random Acts of Kindness, Etc. (R.A.K.E.) to create a more connected, compassionate campus.
In college, he created Our Kindness with a focus on service, community building, and reducing anxiety through intentional acts of care.
Over the next eight years, Houston spoke at over 600 schools, organizations, and events globally to over a half a million people. He has spoken in over thirty states, Mexico, Canada, and Uganda. In 2016, Houston co-created Character Strong, which provides curriculum and training for safer and kinder schools and has already worked with 2,000 schools internationally, serving over one million students with their message, daily. In 2019, Houston was featured by Lay’s for their Spreading Smiles campaign.
He has been featured on the Huffington Post and highlighted by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation. His messages about character, leadership, compassion, and kindness resonate with audiences age 5 to 95.
Houston is the author of Deep Kindness: A Revolutionary Guide For the Way We Think, Talk, and Act in Kindness with a 30 Act Starter Plan, Journal Prompts, and Practical Exercises.
DEEP KINDNESS is a call to action, beckoning us to a deeper understanding that calls readers to move past the surface level ‘confetti kindness’ marked by cutesy phrases and empty gestures. Instead, Kraft reveals, deep kindness is an ever-growing skillset rooted in empathy, perspective-taking, resilience, courage, and forgiveness. Featuring a 30-act starter plan, journal prompts, and practical exercises, DEEP KINDNESS dives into the types of kindness the world needs most today, taking an honest look at the gap between our belief in kindness and our ability to practice it well.
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Length - 53:01