February 17, also known as Random Act of Kindness Day, is a day to practice kindness and pay it forward.
The unofficial holiday is also known as National Random Act of Kindness Day in the United States.
Considered to be a core value of most religions and cultures, kindness is the act of showing concern for others, loved ones and strangers, without any expectations of any consideration in return.
Spreads Happiness and Health
Studies have shown that being compassionate not only helps other people, but also makes one happy and healthier. People who are kind are thought to have lower risk for heart and blood pressure-related diseases.
September 1 in New Zealand
In New Zealand, Random Act of Kindness Day or RAK has been celebrated on September 1 since 2004.