Pay It Forward Day, April 28
It turns out that April 28th is National Pay It Forward Day, and of all the crazy made up holidays, I think this is my favorite. I mean it. I love this idea. I like it better than National Talk Like A Pirate Day (Sep 19), National Hug A Plumber Day (Apr 25), National Fresh Breath Day (Aug 6), National Fly A Kite Day (Feb 8 - love the idea but they may want to reconsider the timing of this one!), National Spicy Guacamole Day (Nov 14), and National Shrimp Scampi Day, which is tomorrow. I even like it better than National Chocolate Day (Oct 28)!
One of my favorite things about National Pay It Forward Day, is that it comes two days before National Adopt a Shelter Pet Day (April 30), which, incidentally, would be an amazing way to pay it forward! Here are 48 more...
- Smile at the next 6 people you see today!
- Find opportunities to give compliments. It costs nothing and could make someone’s entire day. Don’t just think it. Say it!
- Leave encouraging or inspirational post-it notes in library books, on bulletin boards and other random places.
- Give someone your undivided attention. It is a rare and precious gift.
- Mail (yes, good ol’ US Mail with a stamp and everything) a card to someone who needs a boost.
- Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
- Put your phone away while in the company of others.
- Carry quarters and top up expiring parking meters
- Pay it Backward: buy coffee (or lunch or groceries or a toll…) for the person behind you in line.
- Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
- Tell someone they dropped a dollar (even though they didn’t). Then give them a dollar.
- Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
- Surprise a neighbor with freshly baked cookies or treats!
- Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for coworker or connection.
- Leave quarters at the laundromat.
- Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
- Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
- Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
- Place positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
- Send a gratitude email to a coworker who deserves more recognition.
- Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
- Know parents who could use a break? Offer to babysit for free.
- Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
- Put a plant in a terra cotta pot. Write positive words on the pot and give it to a friend!
- Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
- Put 50 paper hearts in a box. On each cutout write something that is special about your partner or a friend. Give them the box and tell them to pull out a heart anytime they need a pick-me-up.
- Everyone is important. Learn the names of people you see in passing every day. Greet them by name.
- Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
- Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
- Take flowers or treats to the nurses’ station at your nearest hospital.
- Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
- Send a ‘Thank you’ card or note to the officers at your local police or fire station.
- Take muffins or cookies to your local librarians.
- Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
- Leave a nice note or some goodies in your mailbox for your mail carrier.
- Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
- When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!
- Hold the door open for the person behind you.
- Introduce yourself. Make new colleagues, classmates, etc. feel welcome.
- Volunteer at a hospital, homeless shelter, nursing home, animal shelter, etc.
- Stop and buy a drink from a kid’s lemonade stand.
- Become a mentor or tutor to someone in need.
- Be a courteous driver. Let people merge in front of you.
- Offer your seat to someone when there aren’t any left.
- Hug a friend. Let them know how important they are.
- If you have a good book you’ve read that’s just sitting around on a bookshelf, give it away to a friend.
- Clean up litter in a park or open space nearby.
Use National Pay It Forward Day as a reminder of how we should live everyday. ❤️
There are a few things on this list for everyone. It doesn't have to be big; every little bit of good counts. Now don't wait... Get out there and share the good!
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