"Paying it forward" is the concept of giving a stranger a little generosity anonymously. From paying a toll fee on a bridge for the car behind you, to just adding an extra quarter to a meter that's about to expire, it's a great way to show a small act of kindness for someone else. Not only does it help another person out, but it's good for your own mental health, since giving can improve your mood and give you a kinder outlook on life and others. And, it does create a kinder environment: when you pay it forward, people are more inclined to share the kindness as well.
Here's a few ways to pay it forward in your every day life.
- Tip generously (drivers, servers, and the like)
- Help someone with their luggage when traveling (especially with overhead bins or conveyor belts)
- Pay for someone's cup of coffee or drink
- Donate to a local organization
- Compliment a stranger
- Buy a meal for a homeless person
- Leave a nice letter on a bench for someone to read
- Leave a book for someone to read at a cafe once you finish
- Say hello to strangers you pass on your walk
- Thank everyone who helps you out or does something nice
- Support someone having a rough time
- Give your seat to someone else on the subway or train
For even more ideas of small acts of kindness you can give today, check out the post at The Halfway Point. To learn more about this and related topics, visit the Mental Health or Self-Improvement sections of our blog.
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