There is a reason why all the civilized and wise people encourage and propagate the act of paying it forward. The reason behind it is that apparently it seems like an act of self-sacrifice or going against one’s own benefit, however, it actually is much more than that and it is an act of well being of the whole society. Therefore, because of its holistic implications, wise people recommend paying it forward.
Although for a person with an eye of understanding for things or for someone who has been through it, the idea of paying it forward does not require any introduction or advocating. However, there are others who are skeptical about it and want reasons for this action. Today, I’ll be sharing with you the five major reasons why you should pay it forward.
We All Want Better:
If for a moment, we all think at a broader level and about this world, then we all would come to the conclusion that we all want the same thing and that is a better world for us and for our families to come. We all want peace in the world, clean water for our families to drink, a pollution-free environment, a loving society, all these are the basic need of people. Therefore, when a person pays it forward he or she actually thinks of the bigger picture instead of him or herself and thus makes the world a better place. Hence, if you wish the world to be better then you should pay it forward.
The Focus Goes On Others:
As mentioned earlier, paying it forward means putting your focus on others and thinking of them in the same way as you do for yourself if not better. When you focus on others your thought pattern changes and instead of focus why what and how something is better for you, you start placing others in your place and see how your act of random kindness would make the life of other people better. This feeling of doing better for others has no replacement or alternate, therefore, paying it forward changes your focus and causes you to think of others, which is what the world needs now.
Giving is Better Than Receiving:
Another major reason why you should focus on paying it forward is the fact that doing so makes you the giver and the other person the taker. We all know that giving is better than taking, however, when you spend something from your loved things, you get a totally different kind of feeling which you won’t have even if someone gives you an expensive car or you win some lottery. Therefore, when you pay it forward, you actually experience how it feels to give someone something instead of taking something from someone.
Mutually Shared Joy:
Another major reason why you should pay it forward is the fact that the joy it brings is mutually shared. It is understandable that you feel joy when you pay it forward by giving someone what they want by placing them in front of yourself, however, this joy is also experienced by the receivers of your kindness as well, although in a different way. The joy you feel by giving something to a total stranger, the stranger also feels joy because he thinks he is valued and honored by some stranger. Therefore, to make the joy of it shared by more and more people you need to pay it forward.
Above all, the biggest reason why you should pay it forward is that keeps the flame of hope burning in people. In the world of today, people have lost trust in people and have no hope for the future whatsoever. On the other hand, people who commit random acts of kindness represent the fact that still there are good people on earth who think of other people before their own selves, want to good for others, and don’t want recognition and so on. Thus, until this ripple of kindness kips ongoing in this world, there is still hope for a better and brighter future for the world.
Now it’s Your Turn!
Do you believe in paying it forward? What kind of ways do you adopt when paying it forward? Has it ever been done to you? What kind of feelings do you experience when doing random acts of kindness? Please share your thoughts in the comments section below.