45 Ways To Pay It Forward

45 Ways To Pay It Forward

It's one way to be selfless to another and to offer them good will.
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Paying it forward is an everyday thing in almost everyone's life. Its one way to be selfless to another and to offer them good will. Though you can't do everything, you can do something. We all have the ability to make a difference in the world, however slight it may be. Whether it be a stranger on the street or your best friend, here are a number of ways to pay it forward and make someone smile.

1. Open the door for someone

2. Donate old clothes to Goodwill or to charity

3. Buy the person in line behind you their meal or coffee

4. Give a homeless person money or buy them a meal

5. Offer to cook dinner for someone

6. Tell your loved ones to "drive safe"

7. Cook a meal for a loved one on a special day

8. Visit the dogs in the Humane Society, it makes their day and yours a little better

9. Ask someone how their day was, check up on them

10. Thank people for doing something kind, big or small

11. Smile at people, no one likes a smug person

12. Help an elderly person do something they are unable to do

13. Give up your seat for someone on the bus or train

14. Donate blood

15. Compliment someone, tell them you like their outfit or that they look nice today

16. Tell people you are proud of them

17. Volunteer

18. Tell people when they've made a positive impact in your life

19. Babysit for someone for free

20. Help someone with their homework

21. Shovel someone's driveway

22. Visit a nursing home

23. Write a positive review online for a restaurant

24. Donate food to a food drive

25. Bring in breakfast to your place of work for all of your co-workers

26. "Adopt a Family" for Christmas

27. Give someone in line extra change if they're short on money

28. Offer to take a picture for a family who is struggling to get a group photo

29. Pay the toll fare for the person behind you

30. Add change to an expired meter

31. Donate old books to the library

32. Buy a drink from a kid's lemonade stand, it'll make them so happy, trust me

33. Help someone in need

34. Participate in community service

35. Help at a food shelf/food drive

36. Donate cat or dog food to the animal shelter

37. Buy a bag of groceries for the hungry

38. Sponsor an animal at the zoo

39. Give money to a charity

40. Mow someone's lawn

41. Sit with someone who is sitting alone

42. Clean up litter from a park

43. Give blankets to the homeless

44. Give out any extra tickets you have for free, whether it be to a play, a fair, or a convention.

45. Take people's dogs on walks if they are unable to


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21 Spontaneous Things To Do While Evading Death

The bucket list to end all other bucket lists.
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Everyone should take the opportunity to do these 21 things before they die. If you aren’t considering everything on this list, does YOLO not mean anything to you?


1. Go on an exciting vacation that puts you out of your comfort zone.

No, not another Napa Valley wine tour.

2. Keep a dog.

Or a cat. But just know dogs are better. They’ll teach you so many of life’s abundant lessons. Like not to have nice furniture.

3. Experience nature to its fullest extent.

Hint: this likely can’t be done in an area where you have cell service. Unplug, people.

4. Stargaze at night in an area where you can actually see stars and not smog.

Stars do exist, and they're pretty to look at.

5. Volunteer your time to a charitable cause.

Don’t just write a check to a nonprofit; get out in the world and help!

6. Name a star

C’mon, it’s cool.

7. Learn an instrument.

How fun will it be to show off to all your friends that you can play Hot Cross Buns?

8. Splurge on something.

Save money and then blow it on something that will probably be out of style or out of date within a year. Spending money really makes you feel alive, especially when your checking account balance plummets.

9. Spend a whole day in bed.

Some people claim sleep is for the weak. They must not have good mattresses.

10. Do something out of the blue.

If you have a desire to do something, do it. Your gut is always right, right? Life can't always go according to plan, and it's important to be spontaneous.

11. Be given a standing ovation.

“Everyone in the world should get a standing ovation at least once in their life because we all overcome the world” – Auggie Pullman, Wonder

12. Fall in love.

As cliché as this may seem, everyone deserves to be loved. Even the Grinch.

13. Jump off a cliff.

Make sure there’s water at the bottom of where your jumping, though. No premature deaths, please.

14. Pay for someone else’s meal.

Unless they ordered more than $40 worth of food, because you probably aren’t made out of money.

15. Vote.

You can’t complain about the current state of government unless you had some input in it.

16. Do something on a stage in front of people.

Everyone needs to have the opportunity to get over their fear of public speaking. Do that thing where you're supposed to imagine the audience in their underwear. It'll be more awkward and more fun.

17. Go to a big deal sporting event.

Pay big bucks for those nosebleed seats. You may barely be able to see what's happening, but at least you can say you were there.

18. Learn how to cook something where the name is not the recipe.

Branch out from things like macaroni and cheese and buttered toast.

19. Try a weird diet.

See if it has all those health benefits that it claims to have. Avoiding swamp diet, anyone?

20. Do something your parents explicitly told you NOT to do.

Find out why they said that. Live and learn people.

21. Delete your social media and replace it with actual human interaction.

Pick up the phone, use that expensive phone plan and call someone instead of stalking them on Facebook.

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We Do The Things We Do For A Reason, To Help Us Find Our Passion

How I knew writing was my love.
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Why do we do the things we do? A question I get asked a lot is “why did you start your blog?”

I wish it was as simple as “I love to write!” But it isn’t. I was always a terrible reader, all through elementary school I had the worst handwriting and grammar in the class. It wasn’t until seventh grade that I began to truly like to write. I started writing in a little black journal that read “I can I Will” on the front every night. At first, it was just simple stuff like what I had done that day but eventually, it developed into more.

I would have so much going on in my head, I would just need to write it on paper! Ideas, opinions I was too afraid to say out loud, and even short “movies”. Writing actually helped me develop my true voice. Once I realized that I was one of the only kids in class who actually enjoyed writing papers, I knew it was my calling. It was something I wanted to put my heart and soul into.

My freshman year, everyone had their “thing” whether it be basketball or soccer or dance. My thing was going to the cozy coffee shop in Royal Oak and just writing for hours.

I would just pour my heart out onto a piece of paper and love it! I felt a release and always felt a sense of power when I finished a meaningful article.

The summer I got home from my last year of sleep away camp, I wanted to somehow share my writing with the world. I am terrible at technology so I never thought I would be able to create a blog, but I did! I thought it would only be appropriate to call it "I can I Will" because it was not only what my first journal said but had deep meaning to me for various reasons (a different story for another time). For me, it was not about how many likes or shares my page received, but to see and hear if I had made an impact on others. I wanted to inspire people or in some way make them just think. Think about life and themselves. Think about the good stuff.

As of today, every time I post an article, I feel loved. I get goosebumps from every comment on my post or when people I barely even know come up to me and tell me they read my blog.

So, why do we do the things we do? Is it to make us happy? No. We do the things we do to better the world for ourselves and for the people around us. I am a strong believer in everything happens for a reason. This being said, go after your dreams, do what you want, make yourself happy while also putting smiles on other people’s faces. We do the things we do for a reason, even if we don't know it!

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