Spread the Love: Operation Beautiful

Do you remember the movie Pay it Forward?  A school kid comes up with the idea of repaying good deeds not with payback, but with new good deeds done to three new people.  Well, meet 26 year old Caitlyn Boyle, who came up with a great twist on this concept.  Caitlyn says, she “began Operation Beautiful by leaving positive messages on the mirrors of public restrooms — at work, at the gym, at the grocery store.  I scribble down whatever comes to mind — “You are beautiful!” or “You are amazing just the way you are!”  My personal goal is to leave as many Operation Beautiful notes as I can. Maybe some people read them and just smile, but I bet some people are truly touched by the effort of a random stranger.”

The goal of Operation Beautiful is to end negative self-talk and help others experience the power behind an anonymous act such as Operation Beautiful. Caitlyn’s started a movement and recently published a book, Operation Beautiful: Transforming the Way You See Yourself One Post-it Note at a Time, with some of her favorite post-it notes that others have shared with her.

I learned about Caitlyn and Operation Beautiful on The Today Show and was touched by the random acts of kindness she’s set in motion.  As I jotted down my Operation Beautiful notes to leave around the city,  I recalled that my sister and I used to practice random acts of kindness when we were younger.  We used to stand at the corner of our sub-division during the Summer when we were bored and we waved to the cars (driving along the main street) as they drove past.  Yes, waved. As in stood there in our little girl outfits, plaits and whatnot, and waved and smiled at cars as they drove by.  Some cars would just pass without notice, while others would slow down, the driver would smile and wave back.  We were delighted when someone waved back, our mission accomplished – a little random act of kindness.  I don’t know when we stopped waving (it was definitely an activity for us); I’m guess more important things like cheer-leading, camp, sports and friends filled our time as we got older.  But, leaving my notes around the city today brought back that same warm feeling.  Join me in helping Caitlyn spread the love of Operation Beautiful; jot down a note on a post-it or two (come on, they’re right there at your desk!), leave one in the bathroom, subway station or post office, snap a picture of it and email it to her at OperationBeautiful@gmail.com.

Never underestimate the power of kindness.

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[photo from Operation Beautiful]

4 Responses to “Spread the Love: Operation Beautiful”


  • Love, love, love random acts of kindness! It is amazing how easy it is to make someone’s day – try carrying an extra umbrella in the rain to give to the older woman getting soaked as you walk by or pay for the coffee for the person in line behind you at Starbucks! Nai

  • Sending huge acknowledgments to Caitlyn for spreading the love of Operation Beautiful and to you Kalyn for spreading it further!!

  • OMG! I absolutely LOVE the idea behind this! Count me in! You’ve done it again Kalyn! Thank you! :-)

  • What a wonderful concept. I’m going to do it around Sydney. Girls here need some more positive reinforcement.

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