Pay It Forward
December 1, 2019

“Service to others is the rent you pay for your room here on earth.” — Muhammad Ali

Nowadays it is easier than ever to just be mean. Why, you might ask? Because social media has become a go-to way to vent anger and opposition. Any one who has ever scrolled through the comment section of posts can see how technology has made it feel okay to be a "troll." While it is okay to speak your mind, it is not okay to have angry conversations on the Internet or at work or with friends.

There have been studies that show that leaders treat others with kindness, respect, and, most importantly, pay it forward. People who take their full glass and pour some into others whose glass is half empty. And don't we all like those kind of people? The kind of people who make us smile and say some small kind word or gesture? It makes you feel good. Something as simple as a smile and hello can dramatically improve someones day.

There are plenty of ways to pay it forward! Here are some easy ideas you can take with you: leave a kind note in a book in a bookshop or library. If you have some change to spare, buy coffee for the person behind you in line. Compliment the first three people you talk to today. Send a positive text message to your friends and family right now! Post inspirational sticky notes around your school, office and neighborhood. See, there are lots of ways to spread kindness! Just watch and see how contagious it is (not to mention fun, too).

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