Over the last few years we’ve heard a lot about performing random acts of kindness for others–especially for people that we happen to come in contact with that we don’t actually know. But did you know that there is an official day dedicated to it? Yes, there is a week as well (February 9-15), but if you missed that you can still get in on the National Random Acts of Kindness Day.
February 17th is National Random Acts of Kindness Day. And while there are a variety of ways that you can make someone else’s day better, let’s think about what we can do as authors and book lovers to make it even more special.
If you are a published author, you can give away a few copies of your books to random readers on your email list–or ask them who they know who is having a hard time right now and could use something positive, and gift books to those people. Sometimes you can inspire people with a copy of your work who might not otherwise have a chance to read it.
If you are not published or are just a book lover right now, take a trip to your local bookstore and buy somebody’s coffee or book. Even better, offer to buy a book for a child who is looking through the kids’ section, trying to decide on what they want to read. Sometimes parents are on a limited budget, and their child may want a book that is “too expensive” or want a second book when they can only afford one. What could be better than inspiring a young reader?
You can also give the gift of writing to someone who is interested in getting started. Buy them a journal and some pens, or a book on writing to give them the motivation to explore the words that are moving around in their minds. You could be helping a future best-selling author!
Whatever you do, get creative with it. And remember–you don’t just have to be kind on February 17th. You can make a difference on any day of the year that you choose. Just do something to brighten someone else’s day. It’s a gift to both the person who receives and the one who gives.