The world can seem like an unfriendly, threatening place, yet we all want safety, health, and happiness for ourselves and the people we love. How can one ordinary person — you or me — make a positive difference in this world? One way is the practice “paying it forward.” While the steps might be simple, the outcome can be life changing.
What does “Pay it Forward” Mean?
- The expression “pay it forward” is used to describe the concept of asking that a good deed be repaid by having it done for others instead.
- It is to commit random acts of kindness, especially to strangers
- It can be donating money or performing good deeds without hoping for recognition or renumeration
- It could be as simple as giving your time, talents and energy to improve the situation and/or mood of others.
- Conducting these acts of kindness and generosity can make this world just a little more bearable for some and change lives for others. Whether the act is big or small “Paying it Forward” builds communities, and brings people together.
Paying it forward can set forth a chain reaction of good deeds
Examples of “Paying it Forward” can include:
- plugging quarters into an expired parking meter
- reading to kids at a local library
- cleaning up garbage in the neighborhood
- paying for the order in the car behind you when going through a drive-through
If it makes the world a better or friendlier place by giving someone a warm feeling, you’ve succeeded!
Download a copy of Chase’s Pay It Forward card here.