Global Pay It Forward Day
Global Pay It Forward Day is a holiday that’s observed annually on April 28th. It was created to encourage people all around the planet to take a few moments of their time and perform an act of kindness for another human being. The concept of paying it forward is simple.
It speculates that if a person does an act of kindness, then this act of kindness will have a ripple effect that will cause more and more people to perform acts of kindness for one another. And science seems to agree that this sort of generosity among strangers is socially contagious. That’s probably why everyone who is capable of “paying it forward” should observe this holiday.
The History Of Global Pay It Forward Day
Global Pay It Forward is a holiday that has come along fairly recently. It was invented in 2007 when Blake Beattie created it. He was inspired by the book “Pay it Forward” by American novelist Catherine Ryan Hyde.
This novel was released in 1999 and by 2000, there was a movie by the same name starring Kevin Spacey, Helen Hunt, and Haley Joel Osment. The holiday inspired by both the book and the movie is now observed in over 85 countries all around the world.
Some Facts About “Paying It Forward”
Okay, now that we’re all familiar with the act of paying it forward and are looking forward to observing this holiday, we thought that we’d take the time to give our readers some facts on paying it forward. We hope the following facts will help to clarify just how important the process of giving can be — not just to the person receiving the kindness but also to the person giving it.
- Research shows that “feel-good” chemicals are released in a person’s brain when they do something good for someone else.
- There is no act of kindness that is too small or too big. People should give what they can, even if it’s just a “thank you” to a stranger.
- Kindness decreases stress and can change how a person views themselves.
- Paying it forward is a great way to help build community.
Observing Global Pay It Forward Day
It’s pretty easy to celebrate this holiday. All that has to be done is for a person to perform an act of kindness. This can be something as grand as giving someone who doesn’t have a car and used car, or as simple as paying for the person’s meal behind you in the drive-through. People can also spread kindness through social media using the hashtag #PayItForwardDay online.