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Pay it forward

By paying it forward, you can make quite an important difference. Not only will you brighten another person’s mood, but you will also set a chain reaction in motion.

Doing a good deed to an unsuspecting stranger is a beautifully selfless act. Not only will it remind them that this world is full of selflessness, generosity, and kindness. It will also encourage the benefactor to be kinder and more compassionate to others.

This challenge starts in...

This challenge has already begun and is running until 30th June 2022.
This challenge has already begun and is running until 30th June 2022.

How to pay it forward?

  • Look out for the opportunities
  • Be willing to help complete strangers
  • Give freely without expecting anything in return
  • Even small acts count!

Why should you pay it forward?

The reality is, in this busy non-stop world, many of us don’t may much attention to other people. But taking a little time and doing something for someone else has many positive effects to the person on the receiving end, but also with our own mental health.

Your brain chemicals change

If you’ve ever done something kind for someone else, you probably know that euphoric feeling you get afterward. This is called ‘helpers high’ and research shows that when you help someone, there’s a process that happens in your brain that releases serotonin, dopamine, and oxytocin – the feel-good chemicals.

Kindness builds on itself

If you think of compassion like a muscle, every time you do something for someone else, that stretches the muscles a little bit more and acts of kindness get easier. Science shows that it can become an instinct to respond to others in a helpful, kind, and compassionate way.

It decreases stress

Studies have found that people who show kindness and concern for others had a 23% lower level of cortisol – the stress hormone – compared to the average population.

It changes how you view yourself

Random acts of kindness can improve your feelings of self-esteem and self-worth.

It gets you out of your own head

If even just for that one selfless moment, your mind isn’t worried, stressed, sad, angry – whatever it may be. Instead, you’re focused on what you’re doing for someone else. In those minutes, your brain will be thinking about the good things that you are doing for something outside of yourself and the connection that you’re making with them.

What's the challenge?

It’s simple really. Throughout October, we’re challenging you to complete a minimum of one act of kindness each day. And when you receive an act of kindness from someone else? You guessed it – pay it forward!

Take some time at the end of each day to reflect on the acts of kindness you may have actioned as well as received and you still soon find yourself filling with a feeling of gratitude, making for a more positive mindset and outlook on life.

Access the platform

Click the button below to access our challenge platform. Just register with your company email address and track your progress throughout!

Some ideas to pay it forward:

  • Pay for someone’s coffee
  • Donate unused items from your home or workplace
  • Smile at someone
  • Leave a good book behind
  • Give words of encouragement
  • Help an elderly person
  • Give up your seat
  • Say yes when someone asks for help
  • Compliment a stranger
  • Loan clothing or other items out to someone in need
  • Open the door, or hold the door open for the next person