Spreading Happiness

A few years ago, like a lot of years ago, the movie Pay it Forward came out. It was a little movie with a big message. I have always loved that movie, more for what it taught me then for the acting skills of the actors in the movie. The actors were fine, the story was fine but the theme of the movie really resonated with me.

For those of you who never saw the movie or read the book, here is a quick synopsis of what the movie was about from my memory. I have only seen the movie once and I read the book once but again this was years ago, so if my memory fails me with the details just bare with me. In the movie a teacher challenges his students to come up with a service project to help make the world a better place. (this is the detail I am not sure about) So Haley Joel Osment (the kid from the Sixth Sense) comes up with the idea for pay it forward. He decides to do three good deeds for random people, and all he asks that these people do is return his good deed to three other people. Thus creating a tree of good deeds that branches out indefinitely. I don't remember who he helped or how he helped them. I don't remember how the movie ended, but the whole idea of doing good deeds for people and asking them to pay it forward just seems like a great idea.

I believe that doing good deeds for other people spreads happiness and it's an easy way to help out the world. So I am going to challenge myself to help out three people this holiday season. My deadline is to have helped at least three people by Christmas, I will document what I have done and I will ask them to just pay it forward. Servus Credit Union has started a Pay it Forward campaign this past month. They would give you ten dollars for you to share with someone else, and you were not expected to do anything in return. Whether you weren't expected to do anything though I am not entirely sure, but that's what their radio advertisements claimed.

I am going to extend this challenge to everyone else out there. What can you do for other people to brighten their day, to make their life easier?

If you do anything share it with me, I would like to see how many people I can reach, if you help someone, let them know about my blog so they can post what they did to help someone else. They say a smile is contagious, so a good deed has to be as well. How far can one good deed go to making this world a much brighter place.


  1. There is a coffee store in spokane who said that once they made a profit on their sandwiches the coffee would be for free. They eventually got to the point where they were profiting so they made the coffee free with the rule that they had to pay it forward. so the news interviewed people who received the free coffee and asked how they were paying it forward. it was really cool to see the different things people were doing.

    I try to do the same but it's really hard. Maybe I should challenge myself like you! I know that you will be successful at it and can't wait to hear your wonderful experiences!


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