“The point is not to pay back kindness but to pass it on.” — Julia Alvarez
We visited a small business that sells locally made and inspired products as well as lifestyle gifts for the home. I was about to leave the store when I noticed a bulletin board with pay-it-forward Post-it Notes.
The store allows customers to buy a cup of coffee or a scoop of ice cream for another customer and leave the order on a Post-it Note on a board in the shop.
The board is covered in notes. Is it possible that people are too proud or embarrassed to use the notes?
It is, however, a wonderful way to spread kindness and pay it forward.
Here are some other ways to give back during the holiday season:
- Bake cookies or brownies for your neighbors and deliver them to their houses.
- Pay for the person in front of you in the drive-thru line at Starbucks or Dunkin Donuts.
- Distribute coupons for items you won’t use to other customers as they enter the store. Several years ago, I remember a woman handing me a coupon after exiting a Kohl’s store.
- Make “blessing bags” to give to homeless people you meet on your daily commute. These include necessities such as water bottles, toothpaste, and other items. To make these bags, save all of the travel size samples from hotel rooms and Airbnbs. At her college, my daughter made blessing bags.
- Donate any remaining funds on debit gift cards to gofundme sites.
- Allow another vehicle to merge into your lane.
- Allow someone to cut in front of you in line at the store.
- Offer to photograph a couple or family.
- Assist someone who appears to be in need.
- Write and mail holiday cards to senior citizens.
Can you think of other ways to spread goodwill during the holiday season? Please share your thoughts in the comments.
This article originally appeared on Medium.