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Then pledge to Pay it Forward: choose a small act of kindness that you will offer someone else, to keep spreading the love.
Need some inspiration? We’ve got some ideas for simple action you can take:
- Sharing a smile on your commute
- Offering to help a friend or neighbour with a chore
- Checking if someone is OK if they look upset
- Welcoming someone new at a place you regularly go
Pick one of our suggestions above, take inspiration from things people have written on our board, or come up with your own idea.
Fill out a pledge card to give yourself some extra motivation: it’s easier to go through with your pledge if you’ve told someone else about it. If you choose, we can return your pledge in a few weeks, to see how you got on.
And if you’re thinking “this is all very nice, but what difference will it make?” then take a look at Hannah’s story in Positive News magazine. Hannah Brencher started doing small acts of kindness in her local area, and has now inspired a movement around the world. She says:
“It has certainly changed what I think is possible and how very much my little hands can do within this world. I would have been the first to tell you that letters could not make a difference and I have been proven wrong over and over again. There is a very real need for this project. It fills me with great joy and purpose and it allows me to connect with people all over the world and inspire them.”