I learnt this week that Thursday 28 April is Pay It Forward Day – where the founders are hoping to inspire over 10 million random acts of kindness around the world.
During my daily journal practice in 2014, I used to write down at least one random act of kindness that I would undergo each day. When this became an ingrained habit, I stopped writing about it – and by not consciously focusing on it, the habit eventually dropped. It’s a shame, because it was such a beautiful thing to do.
So today I thought I would commit to starting this practice again as we approach Pay It Forward Day – and invite you to join me.
Below are 21 examples of random acts of kindness that you can consider completing on this day and beyond:
- When you buy your morning coffee or green juice, shout the next person in the queue one too.
- Lend money to a third world entrepreneur via Kiva.
- Offer to babysit for a loved one, so that they can have some me time.
- Leave a scratchy or lotto ticket under the wipers of a stranger’s car.
- Send a love note via snail mail to an old friend.
- Make a conscious effort to genuinely compliment each person you speak to over the day.
- Donate beauty products to The Beauty Bank for women, men and young children who are in need of little luxuries in life.
- Leave a friendly card or small gift (e.g., a pack of seeds, a crossword book, a crystal, or a treat) in the letterbox of your neighbour or residents of a local retirement village.
- Research local charities, advocacy and support groups to see how you can volunteer your time or help in some way.
- Go through your phone list and send a personalised kind text message to your family and friends.
- If you own a business, offer some pro bono services, products or gift vouchers.
- Send fan mail to a public figure who inspires you.
- Make a small donation to a charity you love.
- Let someone ahead of you in the queue.
- Leave a beautiful comment on a blog or social media page you love.
- Buy flowers, chocolate, a bottle of wine, or a small gift for someone who offers you regular excellent service in their business or role – for example, your barista, personal trainer, hair dresser, or local retail assistant.
- Bring in morning tea for your work colleagues.
- Share an article about a cause or movement that is important to you on social media.
- Find a way to support a local business or give back in some way to your local community.
- Give your customers or clients a bonus gift, giveaway or surprise as you serve them that day.
If you follow me on social media this week (Tuesday 26 April 2016 to Sun 1 May 2016) , I plan to throw some random acts of kindness around for my readers – there will be some giveaway and discount love for them to enjoy. You can find me on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.
I’d love to know – how can you give back and demonstrate random acts of kindness this week and beyond?
Let’s soar together,