April 28 is Global Pay It Forward Day, a time to celebrate acts of kindness big and small. This is both an invitation to pay it forward on the day itself, and an opportunity to appreciate the ways we can do good year-round. In the spirit of the holiday, here are four ways you can spread a little kindness every day:
Small acts of giving
A gratuitous act of kindness from a stranger can brighten anyone’s day, so look for opportunities to spread a little goodwill. For example, you could offer to pay for the person behind you in line at the drive thru! It may seem like a small gesture, but the memory of this kindness is sure to stick with the people you help. Best of all, they’ll likely extend this gesture to someone else in the future!
Notes of appreciation
Another small, yet powerful gesture is letting the people in your life know how much you appreciate them. A simple note, whether handwritten or typed up on social media, is the perfect way to bring a smile to your loved ones’ faces. These don’t have to be long, elaborate letters — just let them know the little things you love about them, recognize their achievements or reminisce about a favorite memory with them.
Give as a group
Taking personal action to spread a little joy in the world is a great place to start, but making a group effort to do good is even better! Scentsy has celebrated Pay It Forward Day for 10 years — in fact it’s one of Co-CEOs Heidi and Orville Thompsons’ favorite traditions! Every year, Heidi and Orville give every Scentsy employee around the world $10 and challenge them to use the money to brighten someone’s day. Building a similar tradition, whether amongst your family or coworkers, can be a perfect way to put your hands together and spread joy! You could build this tradition around Pay it Forward Day, or any other time of year that holds significance to your group.
Share how kindness has impacted you
Doing something nice for someone is a great way to directly inspire them to pass on that kindness, but it’s not the only means of inspiration. Sharing how past acts of kindness have impacted your life can be a great way of spreading goodwill. Consider posting these happy memories on social media and let the world know about the small acts of generosity that have made a big impact in your life!
As part of our celebrations at Scentsy, we invite Consultants and Scentsy fans to share their pay it forward stories with us on social media. If you have a memory of an act of kindness that still makes you smile, let us know using #ScentsyPIF!