Pay It Forward

Thursday, April 30th, 2015
There is tremendous power and positive energy in giving – it is a shame that not enough people have experienced it to the fullest. Pay It Forward Day is about all people, from all walks of life-giving to someone else and making a positive difference. At last count there were more than 3 million people in 70 countries around the world participating on the day.
Many of you may have seen the movie ‘Pay It Forward’ or have read the novel of the same name, a story about a young boy who did 3 good deeds for others in need. In return, all that the child wanted was that they pass on the good deed to three other people and keep the cycle going. One good deed might not seem like much, but if everyone did something good for someone else, then the cycle of generosity and kindness can spark us to become better people.
Here’s some examples that might help give you some ideas
• 1. At a drive through, pay for the car behind’s meal

• 2. If it is raining, give an extra umbrella to someone who doesn’t have one.
• 3. Visit an elderly neighbor’s house and ask them if they need help with anything.
• 4. Donate some money to your favorite charity.
• 5. Tell the manager of a restaurant how great your waiter/waitress was.
• 7. Cook a casserole for a new mother. Caring for newborns is tiring and draining.
• 8. Buy Lottery Scratch-Off tickets and hand it to a receptionist on the way out of a business appointment. You just might change that person’s whole life.
• 9. Give a homeless person some food vouchers.
• 10. If you are washing your own car or mowing your own lawn, do the same for your next door neighbor
• 11. At your office, thank the “little people”. Everyone’s part is essential and no one’s job is purposeless. Thank the mail guy, the girl who orders supplies, or the door person.
• 12. Drive an older person in the neighborhood to the grocery store (they will love the opportunity to get out of the house, as well) or if they aren’t able to go themselves, take their list and go to the store for them. If at all possible, pay for their things.
• 13. Be a mentor for someone who needs some support.
• 14. Do some work for a client or one that can’t afford your services free of charge – just ask that they Pay it Forward.

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