Do you live in a town where the neighbors look after each other? Do you know of a business where strangers are welcomed with open arms? Have you been inspired by a Good News Network story about a place that should be shared with the world?
Well, then Reader’s Digest wants to hear from you.
For the second year in a row, one of the world’s most famous magazines is searching for the Top 10 Nicest Places in America: a crowd-sourced effort to uncover places where people are kind and treat each other with respect in an era of cultural and political divides.
Nicest Places can range from small towns to big-city neighborhoods, businesses, community centers, military bases, places of worship and anywhere else where the spirit of “nice” prevails.
Not only that, since GNN Founder and Editor-in-Chief Geri Weis-Corbley has been selected as a judge, GNN readers are invited to nominate any inspiring places that you have read about in our stories.
Launched in 2017, the first search for Nicest Places resulted in hundreds of nominations filled with stories of a kinder, more trusting America than you see on social media and on cable news. The heartwarming story of the winning place, Gallatin, Tennessee, told of a growing city struggling to heal historic racial divides when faced with tragedy.
The search will run in three phases: collection of nominations; announcement of finalists and public voting; and unveiling of the winning place on “Good Morning America” and in Reader’s Digest.
Nominations are currently being accepted on the magazine’s website until June 5th.
“While there is plenty of media shining a light on conflict and rancor in America, we’re providing a way for Americans to share the places where neighbors trust each other, strangers are welcomed, and civility and respect win out,” said Reader’s Digest editor-in-chief Bruce Kelley. “We know they’re all around us.”
“It can be easy to underestimate the power of kindness and respect,” says Roberts. “I’m honored to be part of an initiative that brings people together and celebrates those important values.”
(WATCH the video about last year’s winning town below) – Photo by Sara Herrera