33 Easy Pay it Forward Ideas


Quick! Pick a number between 1 to 33.

Got it?

Now scroll down to that Pay it Forward idea and do it!



  1. Pay it Backward: buy coffee for the person behind you in line.
  2. Compliment the first three people you talk to today.
  3. Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
  4. Post inspirational sticky notes around your office, school, etc.
  5. Donate old towels or blankets to an animal shelter.
  6. Say hi to the person next to you on the elevator.
  7. Let someone go in front of you in line who only has a few items.
  8. Throw a party to celebrate someone just for being who they are, which is awesome.
  9. Have a LinkedIn account? Write a recommendation for co-worker or connection.
  10. Leave quarters at the laundromat, if you do go to one.
  11. Encounter someone in customer service who is especially kind? Take an extra five minutes to tell their manager.
  12. Leave a note on someone’s car telling them how awesome they parked.
  13. Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
  14. Write a kind message on your mirror with a dry erase marker for yourself, your significant other or a family member.
  15. Place a positive body image notes in jean pockets at a department store.
  16. Smile at five strangers.
  17. Send a gratitude email to a co-worker who deserves more recognition.
  18. Practice self-kindness and spend 30 minutes doing something you love today.
  19. Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
  20. Return shopping carts for people at the grocery store.
  21. Buy a plant. Put it in a terracotta pot. Write positive words that describe a friend on the pot. Give it to that friend!
  22. Write a positive comment on your favourite blog, website, or a friend’s social media account.
  23. Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
  24. When you’re throwing something away on the street, pick up any litter around you and put that in the trash too.
  25. Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  26. Learn the names of your office security guard, the person at the front desk and other people you see every day. Greet them by name. Also say “hello” to strangers and smile.
  27. Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
  28. Purchase extra dog or cat food and bring it to an animal shelter.
  29. Keep an extra umbrella at work, so you can lend it out when it rains.
  30. Run an errand for a family member who is busy.
  31. Put your phone away while in the company of others.
  32. Email or write to a former teacher who made a difference in your life.
  33. When you hear that discouraging voice in your head, tell yourself something positive — you deserve kindness too!


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