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Feb17 Fun Holiday – Random Act of Kindness Day

February 17, also known as Random Act of Kindness Day, is a day to practice kindness and pay it forward.

Man helping another man to look at car engine.

Be kind to a stranger today.

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The unofficial holiday is also known as National Random Act of Kindness Day in the United States.

One-Sided Concern

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.

Other kindness related holidays one can celebrate during the year include Be Kind to Lawyers Day and World Kindness Day.

How to Celebrate?

Every day should be a day to be kind, but here are some easy ways to spread kindness around on this day.

  • Smile at a stranger at your bus stop.
  • Say "thank you" to your bus driver for driving you safely.
  • Compliment a friend.
  • Buy your co-worker their favorite snack.
  • Help your neighbor mow their lawn.
  • Pay for the groceries of the person behind you in the checkout line.

Did You Know…

…that randomness is a mathematical concept? In statistics and probability, a random event means that it cannot be predicted.

Random Act of Kindness Day Observances

Fun Holiday: Random Act of Kindness Day Observances
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