So often we become consumed by our own daily challenges and to do lists that we have little energy left to contribute to the lives of others. But if we just take a moment to pause and shift our attention to the world around us, it’s clear we aren’t the only ones in need of a little love. Getting outside of yourself and brightening someone else’s day, even if it’s just through a simple gesture, can be incredibly rewarding. This week at Be Better we are paying it forward in small ways that make a big difference.
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. Doing something like buying coffee for the person behind you in line can turn someone’s whole day around for the better. Saturday, April 28th is known as International Pay It Forward Day, a global initiative that exists to create a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world. This week’s #bebetter52 challenge is to pay it forward to 3 or more people!
Some great ideas to start paying it forward are donating blood, cooking or baking food for your neighbors, donating food or clothing, holding the door open for someone behind you, writing a positive Yelp review for a local business, saying hello to a stranger in the elevator, writing a kind note on a sticky or mirror for a family member to find, or leaving your server an extra generous tip. There are thousands of random acts of kindness like this you can do to spread happiness around your community. Regardless of where you live, what you do, or whom you know – you are constantly surrounded by opportunities to pay it forward, so take those opportunities this week and share them with us with the #bebetter52. We hope you have a wonderful week 52ers!
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