Today, February 16, is Do a Grouch a Favor Day and tomorrow, February 17, is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. The two days pair up perfectly. We all know someone who is a grouch. It could even be you! Some days that grouch factor hangs around and you can’t seem to “shake it off” like Taylor Swift says.
More than ever, we need random acts of kindness. It doesn’t take much. A simple smile or a word of encouragement may be all someone needs. Kindness doesn’t cost anything. You’ll be richer for making an effort, and your investment in kindness will grow. So if you see someone who looks like they could use a smile, give them one.
Each kindness makes a grouch and the world a better place.
Check out these picture books that demonstrate the power of kindness. Read them. Share them. Live the message.
Stick and Stone written by Beth Ferry and illustrated by Tom Lichtenheld
Each Kindness written by Jacqueline Woodson and illustrated by E.B. Lewis
Plant a Kiss written by Amy Krouse Rosenthal and illustrated by Peter H. Reynolds
If You Plant a Seed written and illustrated by Kadir Nelson
Something About Hensley’s written and illustrated by Patricia Polacco
Because Amelia Smiled written and illustrated by David Ezra Stein
The Invisible Boy written by Trudy Ludwig and illustrated by Patrice Barton