PAY IT FORWARD: The Ripple Effect

//PAY IT FORWARD: The Ripple Effect

Small acts when multiplied by millions can change the world

Howard Zinn

This idea was born out of the book and film of the same name. It is simply carrying out a good deed for and on behalf of MAAMI Foundation, and in return, the recipient passes on the good deed to someone else and the cycle keeps going. You don’t have to restrict it to one person. It might seem trivial but if everyone carried out a generous act, then the cycle of generosity and love will never die.

These acts of kindness are so easy, and they almost always make you the doer and of course the recipient happy. If you plan on playing along, please share and tell people about it, don’t be reluctant to Facebook, Tweet and post on Instagram and whatever social media you are on. All we ask is after carrying out this good deed is to PAY IT FORWARD. @#maamif

Here are some ideas we have come up with, the concept is limitless:

  • Donate some money, and use it to purchase something beneficial to the MAAMI Foundation.
  • Post inspirational sticky notes around your neighbourhood, office, school, etc.
  • Write a gratitude list in the morning and again in the evening.
  • Know parents who could use a night out? Offer to babysit for free.
  • Leave a kind server the biggest tip you can afford.
  • Pay the toll for the person behind you.
  • Donate books you no longer need or read.
  • Bring in Breakfast for the Office.
  • Spread your skill: Teach Someone a Skill That You’ve Mastered
  • Send a positive text message to five different people right now.
  • Start a Special Thanks and Recognition Award : “STAR”  to honour workers who look after these children or provide service that is impactful within your community.
  • Cook a meal for vulnerable children rather than just donate raw ingredients. (Make sure you cover health and safety and any legal requirements).
  • Take a day out from work to go read to the children or redecorate their rooms, hostels.
  • Be a mentor for a young child who needs some support.
  • Lobby governments to provide more support financially for the welfare of orphaned and vulnerable children.
  • Do some work for a child who can’t afford your services free of charge
  • Make special donations to charities for shared birthdays, special occasions.
  • Everyone is important. 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.
  • Tweet or Facebook message a genuine compliment to three people right now.
  • Bring doughnuts (or a healthy treat) to work.
  • While you’re out, compliment a parent on how well behaved their child is.
  • Don’t write the angry Internet comment you’re thinking of writing.
  • Cook a meal or do a load of laundry for a friend who just had a baby or is going through a difficult time.
  • Instead of that large cup of hot chocolate from Starbucks, get a medium or small and offer a homeless person, by doing this you not only reduce your calorie intake but bless someone.
  • Each time you get a new piece of clothing, donate an old one.
  • Don’t interrupt when someone else is speaking.
  • Email or write an old teacher who made a difference in your life.
  • Compliment someone to his or her boss.
  • Smile at someone on the street, just because.
  • Let someone into your lane sometimes. We are all in a “rush”.
  • Forgive someone, and never bring up the issue again.
  • Talk to the shy person who’s sitting by themselves at a party.
  • Leave your ‘Stylist’,’ Cosmo’, or ‘Genevieve’ behind for someone else to read at the coffee shop, the bank, or on a plane.
  • Cut someone some slack.
  • Help a mother with her baby stroller.
  • Let the person behind you at the supermarket checkout with one or two items go ahead of you.
  • Write someone a letter. Like a real letter, on paper. And mail it!
  • Give someone a book you think they’d like.
  • When you go somewhere to get or do something, ask the people around you if you can pick up anything they need.
  • Call your grandparents. Call them!
  •  Donate your old eyeglasses so someone else can use them
  • Write something nice on that person’s update who posts on Facebook constantly. They’re probably lonely.
  • Put sticky notes with positive slogans on the mirrors in public restrooms.
  • Let them have the parking space.
  • Relay an overheard compliment.
  • Volunteer to read to kids at an after-school program.
  • Bring your partner coffee in bed tomorrow.
  • Try to make sure every person in a group conversation feels included.
  • Send anonymous flowers to the receptionist at work.
  • Write a nice comment on your friend’s blog.
  • Give someone a tissue who’s crying in the public and offer to talk about it, but only if they want to.
  • Listen intently.
  • Babysit for a single mom for free.
  • Compliment someone in front of others.
  • Hold the elevator.
  • IM or email that person you’re afraid to talk to because you don’t want to “bother them.” They’re probably thinking the same thing about others!
  • Remind yourself that everyone is fighting his or her own struggles.
  • Write your partner a list of things you love about them.
  • Empathise.
  • Say thank you to a gatekeeper/doorman.
  • Talk to someone at work whom you haven’t talked to before.
  • Frame your friend’s favourite lyric or quote and give it to them with a nice note.
  • Send dessert to another table.
  • Text someone just to say good morning or good night.
  • Give up your seat to someone in dire need on the bus or tube or subway.
  • Wash someone’s car.
  • Keep an extra umbrella at work and let someone borrow it on his or her way home if there’s a sudden downpour.
  • Make two lunches and give one away.
  • Be encouraging!
  • Help someone struggling with heavy bags.
  • Give your friend a hug, touch their arm, or pat them on the back. So many of us are starved for human touch!
  • Buy lemonade from a kid’s lemonade stand.
  • Give someone the rest of your chocolate (chocolate makes everything better).
  • Be patient.
  • Call your mom.
  • Offer to return a shopping cart to the store for someone loading groceries in their car.
  • When you hear that negative, discouraging voice in your head, remember to leave yourself alone — you deserve kindness too!
  • Hold your tongue – Pause before speaking or writing when you are mad, stressed or doubtful.
  • Say “Thank you”, a lot – Everyone works hard.
  • Be kind to yourself – Make peace with your past mistakes. Use that knowledge to help others who might be going through the same thing.
  • Share – Even if you don’t really want to.
  • Rather than throwing away obviously lost items turn them into the “Lost and Found” desk.
  • Fill up the petrol tank and/or wash the car for your partner and then leave a note on the dashboard for them to find in the morning before work.
  • Tell your partner how amazingly “hot” they are at random times.
  • Tell your partners parents how talented your partner is at something.
  • Spread the word- if you know someone who takes pictures, bakes cakes we all started from somewhere.
  • Tip generously.
  • Skype or Face Time with the kids in your life.
  • Donate your vacation or sick days to a person at work who is struggling with cancer or another horrible illness
  • Have you discovered something that has changed your life? – Share what you know and inspire others to change their lives too
  • Every night before you go to bed, think of three things you’re grateful for and write it down, you would be surprised the numerous blessings you have.
  • Offer to do pro bono work on a project where your skills are needed.
  • Say a prayer or whisper a kind wish for someone.
  • Next time you’re at the airport or train station, offer to pull the bags belonging to a woman or a mother with child out of the conveyor belt.
  • Show respect equally to all human beings.
  • Encourage someone to pursue his or her dream.
  • If you see someone trying to get something on a shelf that is out of reach and you are tall enough to reach it, get it for them
  • Embrace your mistakes.

 

  • Children are not left out:
  • Help Mommy pick up your toys
  • Always try to practice saying please and thank you.
  • Giving Hugs
  • Address older people with respect irrespective of their job title.
  • Offer to help with household chores irrespective of your gender and dependent on your age.