Did you know? Pay It Forward Day is a global celebration of kindness that takes place annually on April 28. This holiday is all about how one small act of kindness can make a big impact on the world. If you’d like to inspire hope by spreading kindness in your community this month, here are five simple tips for paying it forward:
Write a positive online review. Do you have a favorite local business or service you use frequently? Leaving them a positive review online is a great way to show your appreciation and boost their sales.
Let someone else ahead of you in line. It may seem like a simple gesture but giving up your spot in the checkout line for someone else could make a huge difference. You never know how a small act of kindness could lift someone’s spirits and turn their day around!
Send a note of gratitude. Can you think of a former teacher or mentor who made a difference in your life? Or maybe you have a friend who was there for you when you really needed them. Take some time to show your appreciation with an email, a handwritten note, or even a text message.
Give donations. It doesn’t have to be cash! Donate gently used items such as clothes, shoes, books, housewares, and tools to Goodwill or your local equivalent. If you have clean blankets, sheets, or towels you’re ready to part with, ask your local animal shelter if they will accept them—the cozy critters will thank you!
Deliver treats. Food is a great way to let someone know you’re thinking of them. Surprise a neighbor or a coworker with a sweet treat you know they’ll love. If baking isn’t your forte, consider picking up pastries from your local bakery instead.
The possibilities for paying it forward are endless! We hope these tips will inspire your endeavors to spread kindness in your community this month and throughout the year.
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