In 2014, 378 people paid it forward at a Starbucks in Florida. This act was started by one woman who was simply trying to brighten someone’s day. Little did she know it would set off a chain reaction and lead to a profound impact on her community.
We see so much negativity in the world that we forget that the simplest kind gestures can make the biggest of impacts.
In 1999, best-selling author Catherine Ryan Hyde released her novel Pay It Forward, which turned a simple and seemingly ordinary concept of performing acts of kindness for others into a full-blown movement. The novel follows twelve-year-old Trevor McKinney as he works on a school assignment that requires him to invent and then execute a strategy to make the world a better place. What he comes up with is a modest, yet inspired plan – do something nice for three people, and then challenge each of them to do something nice for three more people, creating a domino effect of kindness. Over time, an initially small act that starts out helping just three individuals can turn into one that helps nine people, then twenty-seven, then eighty-one, and so on. Amazing, right?
This week’s #BeBetter52 challenge is to pay it forward to 3 or more people! This is a great opportunity to make a positive and profound change on the world around you. With each act of kindness, you complete, you will be helping to create a more compassionate society. It is time to start believing in your ability as an individual to make a positive and profound difference in the world.
It is exciting to think that – regardless of where you live, what you do, or whom you know – you are constantly surrounded by opportunities to pay it forward.
This week, you might choose to:
· Hold a door open for someone
· Pay for someone’s drink at Starbucks
· Let someone with fewer items than you cut ahead of you in line at the grocery store
· Send a care package to someone in the military
· Donate blood
· Bake cookies to drop off at your local firehouse or police station
· Put money in a parking meter that is about to expire
· Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand
With each act of kindness you complete, you’re helping to create a more compassionate society.
Be Better by paying it forward and viewing each new day as an opportunity to brighten someone else’s day.