Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Random Acts Of Kindness Day

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  1. Random Acts of Kindness Day is an unofficial holiday celebrated each year on February 17.
  2. 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.
  3. The philosophy behind Random Acts of Kindness Day is altruism, which is selfless concern for the welfare of others. 
  4. A traditional virtue and a core aspect of many religions, altruism is basically the opposite of selfishness.
  5. Altruism concentrates on the desire to do good or help others without reward. 
  6. Although the key to altruistic behavior is not being concerned with reward, doing good does have its benefits.
  7. 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.
  8. As you perform random acts of kindness for others, you will likely find that some people wish to return the favor. 
  9. 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.
  10. The original founders of a national Random Acts of Kindness Day are Megan Singleton, Josh de Jong and Marshall Gray.
  11. 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.
  12. 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.
References:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Random_Acts_of_Kindness_Day
http://rak.co.nz/
http://wonderopolis.org/wonder/what-is-a-random-act-of-kindness/
https://www.randomactsofkindness.org/about-us

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