Hashtag Share Kindness
Many of you will have seen or at least heard of the movie Pay It Forward with Kevin Spacey. But did you know there’s also a Pay It Forward Foundation, started by the author of the book on which the film was based? Catherine Ryan Hyde established the Pay It Forward Foundation in 2000 and hopes their promotion of kind acts will cause a ripple effect of ‘good’. Every year, the Foundation sets up a Pay It Forward Day. All around the world there are people and communities working together to promote random acts of kindness, much like More Good Deeds. And although Pay It Forward Day only happens once every 365 days, the ethos is to promote regular kind acts. Also an aim of More Good Deeds. As for the title of this blog, Pay It Forward Day and the Pay It Forward Foundation spread the word about their work with #ShareKindness on social media. Follow them on Twitter and Like them on Facebook now.
Firstly, you’ve missed Pay It Forward Day for 2017, sorry! But that doesn’t mean you can’t get started on your good deeds right now. It’ll be great practice for Pay It Forward Day 2018, which is on April 28th by the way. Make a note in your diary. Pay It Forward is run by volunteers who work to promote their annual campaign and raise awareness of their day through social media, word of mouth and other activities. So far, more than 80 countries have signed up to be a part of Pay It Forward 2018, including over 100 state and cities. But what exactly is this day and why is it so important? From the website itself:
“Pay It Forward Day is a global initiative that exists to make a difference by creating a huge ripple of kindness felt across the world”
Much like previous blogs I’ve previously written, the Foundation offers some ideas of the kinds of good acts these could be: paying for the coffee, petrol or food of the next person, helping out at community events, donating to charity and even becoming a Pay It Forward Day Ambassador.
It’s great to know there are many organisations out there just like More Good Deeds, working to promote kindness amongst mankind. So much of what we hear in the media is negative press, giving the impression the world is filled with bad guys. And, admittedly, there are some. But most of us would agree that doing something nice for someone else is not only a good thing but something we would actively want to do ourselves. These acts, as we’ve said before, don’t have to cost you anything. It simply requires you to consider a way in which you can make someone else’s life a little bit better. From helping someone with their shopping to going to an aged care facility and reading to some of the lesser visited guests, there are countless ways to be ‘kind’ that needn’t cost you a penny. Ok, they may take some time but are any of us really so busy that we can’t take ten minutes or even an hour to make someone else’s life a little better.
And finally, there’s the philosophy behind Pay It Forward whereby the person who is the ‘receiver’ of the act of kindness, is likely to feel compelled to do something good for someone else in the future. This is the ripple effect that #ShareKindness hopes to set off and one which was perfectly illustrated in both the book and film which embody this philosophy. If each of us do three good deeds for three separate people, then those people should in turn complete three good deeds. That’s instantly twelve people who’ve been positively affected by one person. Extrapolate out again and you get to thirty-nine people. It’s incredible how great of an impact one person can have. Most importantly this is a positive impact and with any luck these ripples will gather momentum and spread out even further; globally, in theory.
To find out more about the Pay It Forward Foundation, visit their website. For more news on that all important date: the 28th April 2018, visit the Pay It Forward Day website. And of course you could always take a look at some of the blogs on More Good Deeds for inspiration as well. We have lots of different examples of acts of kindness we hope will give you some ideas for your next random act of kindness. Don’t forget to post about all your acts in the More Good Deeds app and $1 will be donated to a charity of your choice.
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