25 ways to pay it forward
Buy someone coffee
At your local coffee shop, pay for someone else’s cup of coffee when you buy your own. This small gesture could make someone’s day.
Pay It Forward Day is the perfect time to be friendly to a person you might otherwise ignore. Who knows, you may make a new friend.
Give the gift of books
Have some well-used books you’re no longer reading? Donate them to a school or library, or sell them to a used bookstore and donate the cash to an organization that sponsors reading programs.
Send a note
Write cards of appreciation to friends, family members, coworkers or neighbors, telling them why they are important to you.
Pitch in at home
Look around your home to see what needs to be done, and do an extra chore or two. When you see how much joy that brings, you may be encouraged to make it a habit.
Give sweet treats
Buy a box of cookies at your favorite bakery and ask the clerk to leave them out for other customers to enjoy.
If you eat at a fast food restaurant, buy an extra meal for a homeless person. This is not only kind, it’s also healthier and more constructive than just giving them money.
Share your love of reading
Leave your newspaper or magazine (in good condition) behind at the coffee shop, and think positive thoughts that the next person will enjoy it as much as you did.
Pick up the tab
In line to pay for food, gas or a toll? Pay for the person behind you, too. Your generosity will make someone’s day a little better.