25 Ways to Pay It Forward| Random Acts of Kindness

The idea behind “pay it forward” is that everyone can make a difference in the life of someone else. When you pay it forward, you make an effort to positively impact a person’s life through a random act of kindness and love.

laundry detergent in laundromat

Leave a container of laundry detergent at a laundromat with a note saying, “Feel free to use!”

Last week, I wrote about my friend Erin who wanted to inspire 34 pay it forward random acts of kindness in celebration of her 34th birthday. In case you were inspired to do the same thing, I thought I’d share with you some ideas of what you could do.

  • Buy a movie ticket for the person behind you in line
  • Send a card to someone in the military overseas
  • Put something you no longer need on Craigslist.org for free
  • Tape a bag of microwaveable popcorn to a Redbox machine with a note saying “Enjoy some popcorn with your movie!”
  • Drop off a toy or game at a children’s hospital
  • Buy a lottery ticket and give it to a stranger
  • Buy an extra umbrella and on a rainy day give it to someone who needs it
  • Anonymously mail cash to someone you know who is having a hard time financially
  • Give a random stranger a compliment
  • Buy two of something you love and give one away
  • At a restaurant, pay for someone’s meal anonymously
  • Offer to help an elderly neighbor with their household chores
  • Buy a meal for a homeless person
  • Pay the toll for the person behind you
  • Leave a container of laundry detergent at a laundromat with a note saying, “Feel free to use!”
  • Bring a treat to work to share with your coworkers
  • Pay for the person’s coffee who is behind you in line
  • Write someone a note to tell them how much you appreciate them
  • Buy a bouquet of flowers and start handing them out one by one
  • Run an errand for an elderly neighbor
  • Buy a car wash ticket and leave it on someone’s windshield with a note saying, “Enjoy a car wash on me. Happy driving!”
  • Volunteer at a food bank
  • Pay for the next car’s meal at the drive-thru
  • Donate blood
  • Pass along a great book you’ve just finished reading

What other Pay It Forward ideas have you heard of or done yourself? Please share in the comments section below!

Kindness, like a boomerang, always returns.  – Author Unknown

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