There’s no doubting the contribution that Nelson Mandela made to the wellbeing of our country. He forged a path with his boundless generosity of spirit. We owe it to him to pay that kindness forward.
As another great man said, “We make a living by what we get. We make a life by what we give.” Winston Churchill is well known for his insightful quotes, and this one is no different. It illustrates that the true beauty of life is found in our relationships with others, not in the selfish nature of our own needs.
Showing compassion has many health benefits. Compassion helps you feel more connected to others, inspires confidence, and leads to a longer life. It promotes less stress and increases overall emotional happiness.
What we can we do to pay it forward?
- Look out for opportunities. Life will provide you with countless ways to pay it forward. Be attentive!
- Be willing to help complete strangers. You can always help those who are in need, even if they are strangers.
- Give freely. Many people will ask you how they can reimburse you for your kindness. Ask them to pay the good deed forward.
- Even small acts count. It doesn’t matter so much how much you give. All that matters is that you are willing to give and to spread the word.
Random acts of kindness
- Do a good deed for a homeless person. Ask them if they want a coffee or a pizza slice of the restaurant they sit next to.
- Pay for someone’s coffee. When buying a coffee, pay the coffee of the person behind you. It’s a fantastic way to brighten their mood. The idea of paying a coffee forward worked so well in Canada that more than 200 consecutive orders were paid forward.
- Participate in a clean-up day. Clean-up days are a fantastic way to contribute your part in helping to preserve mother nature.
- Leave a good book behind. Once you’ve finished reading a great book, leave it for someone else to read, whether you’re in a café or on an aeroplane.
- Smile at someone. It costs nothing to be friendly, so give someone a smile. You’ll see that many people will quickly return it.
- Donate blood. Help another person to live. What could be more beautiful than doing something that helps someone else stay alive?
- Give up your seat. Offer your seat to an elderly person or a pregnant woman. They will greatly appreciate it.
- Do pro-bono work. You wouldn’t believe how many skills you have that could be greatly used in charitable or non-profit projects. Use them!
Do something compassionate for another person. Now do it again. And again. And again. New thoughts and behaviours take repetition and intentional practice, and before you know it, they’ll become habits.
Learn how to do that – and Nelson Mandela will be proud.
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References: https://charity.lovetoknow.com/volunteerism/great-ways-pay-it-forward https://www.watersedgecounselingnwa.com/post/the-benefits-of-compassion-and-paying-it-forward http://www.planetofsuccess.com/blog/2016/ideas-to-pay-it-forward/