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- Random Acts of Kindness Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated each year on February 17.
- The purpose of this special day is to urge people to be kind to each other, especially those they don’t know, without any specific reason.
- The philosophy behind Random Acts of Kindness Day is altruism, which is selfless concern for the welfare of others.
- A traditional virtue and a core aspect of many religions, altruism is basically the opposite of selfishness.
- Altruism concentrates on the desire to do good or help others without reward.
- Although the key to altruistic behavior is not being concerned with reward, doing good does have its benefits.
- Those who perform random acts of kindness often find that doing so reduces stress and boosts their self-esteem, leading to better physical and emotional health.
- As you perform random acts of kindness for others, you will likely find that some people wish to return the favor.
- Instead of accepting their offer, ask them to “pay it forward” instead. The phrase “pay it forward” refers to the idea of requesting that a kindness be repaid by having it done to others instead.
- The original founders of a national Random Acts of Kindness Day are Megan Singleton, Josh de Jong and Marshall Gray.
- In New Zealand, RAK day began at a national level in 2005 by Josh de Jong, Marshall Gray, Morgan Perry, Megan Singleton and Reuben Gwyn.
- It is not a holiday, rather a national day where the entire country is challenged to do something kind to a friend or stranger for no reason at all.