Today happens to be Pay it Forward Day, all around the world. It’s a reminder how doing something unexpected for a stranger can change the direction of their day, and how that one small deed can have a ripple effect, that can ultimately be felt around the world.
I have been on the receiving end of a random act of kindness, and I will never forget how wonderful it made me feel. I was smiling from ear to ear, and my ordinary day suddenly turned to sunshine. I felt excited at the thought of passing it on. Even though I felt special receiving the kindness, I felt even better paying it forward. Simply because, I made someone feel as special as I felt.
Here are a few kind ideas:
Buy someone a cup of coffee
Pay for someone’s toll
Let someone go ahead of you in line
Smile at someone that needs encouragement
Pick up and deliver your neighbor’s paper
Open the door for someone
Compliment a stranger
Pick up litter
Be friendly to everyone you meet
Write a note of appreciation
Buy someone a meal
Give someone a flower
I would love to hear your personal stories of how you’ve been affected by random acts kindness. What will you do to make a difference in someone’s life today? The good news is, you don’t have to wait for a national day to celebrate. You can pass it on and spread kindness any day of the year. Always give and expect nothing in exchange. Blessings will make their way into your life in many other ways.