We can help restore America's faith in humanity by showing that Boise knows how to help a neighbor and execute a random act of kindness flawlessly.  There's just one thing we need to do to prove that we are the Nicest Place in America.

This will be very gratifying if you're sick and tired of hearing bad news, negative spins, and fall-from-grace stories.

We know there were lots of random acts of kindness happening around the Treasure Valley each day.  And each time something bad does happen we seen an incredible response afterward where the good overwhelms the bad.  Remember how many people came together after the Table Rock fire?  You always make the Treasure Valley proud even in the face of sad things and tough stuff.  Overall, we're pretty good at donating to charitable causes, welcoming strangers, and helping people who need it.  So let's prove that we are the nicest place in America.

Reader's Digest is running a nationwide contest looking for the Nicest Places in America again this year, and it's time to put Idaho on the map.  We've never even had a finalist!  We need to start tooting our own horn and stop being so nice and letting other people win that nice contest.  Let's do this.

Reader's Digest says it's looking for a place "where people are just plain nice, strangers welcome each other, and everyone joins together to help those in need."  On the entry form we can tell a short story about a specific nice place in the Treasure Valley like a neighborhood, a coffee shop, an office, or any other place that inspires us, and then include a picture or a short video and submit.   The winning place will be featured on an upcoming cover of Reader's Digest, and will probably get lots of requests for free hugs and help with honey-do lists.

Kind is cool, and we would love for the Treasure Valley to land on a nice map.  We'll be watching for you on the Reader's Digest cover, and we'll high five you when we see you around town too. Thanks for making Boise a great place to be.