Houston Kraft is a speaker, author, and kindness advocate who has spoken at over 600 schools or events internationally. In 2016, he co-founded CharacterStrong to help schools more effectively teach empathy, connection, and kindness. To date, they have worked with over 2500 schools globally serving over 1 million students.
His new book, DEEP KINDNESS, is a call to action, moving us past the surface level ‘confetti kindness’ marked by cutesy phrases and empty gestures. 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.
(Fun facts: In 2019, his face was featured on Lays BBQ chip bags as someone who helps “spread smiles.” His mom is his hero and her best life lesson is to “hug like you mean it.”)
In this episode we talk about the difference between kindness and niceness, the dangerous mindset we have around kindness and how to change it, social and emotional learning (it’s not just for kids!), figuring out what your markers of success are, and SO much more.
This episode is in support of Sisters Network, Inc. Sisters Network is the largest Black breast cancer survivor-run organization in the United States. In 1994, Karen Eubanks Jackson founded Sisters Network Inc., during her personal fight to survive breast cancer Jackson recognized a lack of “sisterhood” in traditional organizations, a staggering breast cancer mortality rate for African American women and limited culturally sensitive material. Sisters Network Inc. is committed to increasing local and national attention to the devastating impact that breast cancer has in the African American community, as well as giving assistance to those undergoing treatment, and educating/empowering others with information on the importance of early detection. Their Breast Cancer Assistance Program (BCAP) provides services to women facing financial challenges. As a Survivor, this program provides financial assistance for but not limited to: medical related lodging, co-pay, office visits and prosthesis. This program also provides free mammograms for women. To learn more + donate, click here.