"You don't pay love back; you pay it forward."
Pay it forward is an expression for describing the beneficiary of a good deed repaying it to others instead of to the original benefactor. The concept is old, but the phrase may have been coined by Lily Hardy Hammond in her 1916 book In the Garden of Delight.
“We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.”
Winston S. Churchill
The Pay it Forward Movement and Foundation was founded in the USA helping start a ripple effect of kindness acts around the world. The newly appointed president of the foundation, Charley Johnson, had an idea for encouraging kindness acts by having a Pay it Forward Bracelet that could be worn as a reminder.
Since then, over a million 'Pay it Forward' bracelets have been distributed in over 100 countries sparking acts of kindness. Few bracelets remain with their original recipients, however, as they circulate in the spirit of the reciprocal or generalized altruism.
In the spirit of the day, Sefton CVS are asking individuals and organisations to take part in and organise events across the weekend from Thursday, April 25 – Sunday, April 28.
Activities may include:
- A community meal
- Sowing a Wildflower meadow
- Giving books away
- Giving away planters and bulbs
- A free music concert
- Giving away bunches of flowers
- Buying a coffee for a stranger
- Free cakes in the cafe
- Free car wash
- Paying for someone’s parking
For lot's, more ideas have a look at this list of 45 ideas - Let’s continue with some really beautiful and selfless ways you can pay it forward. Enjoy the following pay it forward ideas!
“No one is useless in this world who lightens the burdens of another.”