Posted By Seek Sally on 11/23/2017 in Lifestyle

Pay it forward, will you?

Pay it forward, will you?

It's not just Canadianism. Since as early as the days of ancient Greece, the pay it forward theory has been commonplace in modern society, but not just popular enough. Even American revolutionary Benjamin Franklin is known to have supported it during his time in a letter to a friend. The notion was widely popularized in the early 2000s by the 2000 film Pay it Forward starring Kevin Spacey, which followed a young child as he put the theory in practice and consequently changed the life of the people around him.

At your local Tim Hortons

Today, the biggest example used for the pay it forward theory is the coffee shop example, where each customer pays for the customer behind them and so on. Some Starbucks locations claim that they have up to 20 cups of paid forward for those who cannot spare the cash. This has been working not only for coffees but also for muffins, cookies and sandwiches.

The theory has even been tested in other sectors such as education through projects such as the Pay It Forward Tuition Payment Scheme at Yale University in the 80’s. But what is the pay it forward theory, really? Not everyone can answer that question correctly, and that’s because the notion isn’t the most popular around. But it’s a simple question with an even simpler answer.

Let’s roll with the hash tag.

The #Payitforward suggests that instead of giving back to those that give you, give to others that may be more in need. The idea stems from the fact that giving back to only those that help us creates a cycle that leaves out everyone else and stops us from spreading our love to others.

Literally, the theory is simple to break down. Rather than go backward (which involves helping those that helped you in the past), you only go forward (which involves using the help you received to help another person in another place or situation).

Often times the theory is associated with monetary help, but that’s not realistic. Some people do not need money; they need accommodation, a hug, a free meal or a book. Sometimes, it doesn’t have to be an act of help. It can be a simple act of kindness such as helping push a heavy shopping cart or fixing someone else’s flat tyre in the middle of nowhere.

What can I do?

The best part about paying it forward is that you can incorporate it in your daily life and make an immediate difference. Have you always wanted to help but wondered how to start? Start by doing for others what someone else did for you. Paying it forward is the perfect way to start. You can easily create a sharing movement in your community like Haley Joel Osment’s character in Pay it Forward and show people that they don’t have to return favours to the people that helped them only.

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