It makes me happy to be reminded from time to time that chivalry isn’t dead and that unexpected acts of kindness – both large and small – are happening around the world. Earlier this week, I read a really moving article from The Washington Post about four strangers who carried a fellow runner across the finish line during Monday’s 118th Boston Marathon. I got chills while reading their stories and seeing the photos!
In the spirit of today being National “Pay it Forward” Day, I thought it would be fitting to draw attention to the Instagram account, @PayFwd, which bottles this warm and fuzzy feeling up and sprinkles it on all its followers. Recently co-created by a friend of mine, @PayFwd shares heartwarming stories, such as the one mentioned above, through photographs and quotes. The creators were inspired by the following quote from Howard Zinn:
By posting photos of random acts of kindness to the PayFwd Instagram page, they aim to motivate others to perform their own acts of kindness in their daily lives. Even if the post leads to something as small as a smile, which is contagious by the way, they feel they have succeeded with their mission.
Though the creators behind PayFwd are spreading the love through their own kind acts (such as paying for people’s orders at Starbucks), they can’t do it alone! PayFwd was created to be a community. They need YOUR acts of kindness to influence others. How you can join the effort?
Follow on Instagram: @PayFwd
Tag on Instagram: @PayFwd, #PayFwd in your photos
Sign-up – www.payfwd.us
So, pay an extra toll expense for the person behind you or write a kind note and leave it on a stranger’s car windshield. The possibilities are endless! Remember to share it with @PayFwd and your photo just might make it on the PayFwd page.
Do any acts of kindness stand out in your head that you’ve either witnessed or participated in? Let me know in the comments below!
Ever wondered if you could help raise funds for charity simply by liking a photo on Instagram? PayFwd has – stay tuned to become part of a bigger movement…
Stay fit and fabulous,