Random Acts of Kindness Day

Celebrated on February 17th each and every year, Random Acts of Kindness Day is a day where everyone has the opportunity to do something nice for a complete stranger, a family member or a coworker. This can be something simple as paying for the person behind you as you wait in line or doing some other act of kindness for your fellow man or woman.

History

This holiday originated in New Zealand as a day celebrated on September 1st, but has since become an international holiday. It is also a part of Random Acts of Kindness week—started by the Random Acts of Kindness Foundation.

Several studies have shown that kindness is indeed contagious. When a person does an act of kindness for another person, it makes the person receiving it more likely to do an act of kindness for someone else. This can unfold exponentially – like a ripple on a pond, so don’t think your act of kindness doesn’t matter because it does.

Customs, Traditions And Celebrations

The only real custom associated with Random Acts of Kindness Day is to do something good for someone else. This could be donating your used clothing, helping a friend find a job, pay someone’s parking meter for them, collect canned food for food banks and other charitable organizations, or just compliment a random person. Every little bit of kindness help to make the world a better place.

Where is Random Acts of Kindness Day celebrated?

There is no specific location where this holiday is celebrated.
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