When it comes to acts of random kindness or paying it forward, the common notion is that it is an activity that brings internal peace and satisfaction along with the release of endorphins that make us feel good about ourselves. Although all of this is true, it is a part of the whole ripple effect produced by paying it forward idea.
Paying it forwards start a ripple effect and your one act of kindness affects the lives of several people and makes life better for them. For a better life in general one needs to keep on paying it forward so that the circle of good keeps on going and benefiting all the people around you. In the lines below, I shall discuss with you why you should pay it forward by giving some examples from different walks of life.
One of the easiest, simplest and perhaps the most effective way in which you can pay it forward is by appreciating someone by smiling or saying a kind word about them. Believe me, it is one of the most effective ways in which you can appreciate someone and the other person will instantly acknowledge your praise. The simplest example of it can be when you go to a mall and smile at or speak nicely with an assistant there. The ripple effect starts and the assistant then feels confident and speaks with other customers in a polite way and behaves with other colleagues in a friendly manner, all just because of your little smile or a kind word.
The act of random kindness also does a subtle benefit to your character and personality as well. If you analyze it at a deeper level you will come to know that the act of random kindness is not so random at all, rather it has a long history and logic behind it. In most of the cases, the factor that triggers that act of kindness is empathy. When you see someone in trouble the hand you lend, when you see someone worried the shoulder to rest upon you provide and when you see someone confused you politely help them reinstate their confidence all show that you have been through these situations and you know what these people require in their situation. Therefore, paying it forward, in other words, represents empathy. Hence, every time you show kindness to someone it shows that either you have been through that stage of life, or you have greater empathy, which makes you feel for the other person.
One of the biggest ethical values, which is missing in most of the world and the graph of which his declining with the passage of time is gratitude. It is because of the lack of gratitude that people do not help each other, in which people are intolerant of each other and people aren’t kind to each other. Therefore, your act of random kindness such as a simple ‘thank you’ shows that the spirit of kindness is alive and functional. When people who are inspired by you will start incorporating the factor of gratitude in themselves, they will start a circle where they will be kind to others, tolerant of others, and will help others in the time of need. Thus, by paying it forward you make sure that the flame of gratitude keeps on burning.
Now It’s Your Turn!
Are you a follower of the whole idea of paying it forward? What things do you do on a daily or monthly basis to ensure that you keep on doing the right thing? What act of random kindness has paid off for you? Please share your insightful experiences in the comments section below.