We all Need to Pay It Forward

“We All Need To Pay It Forward”

 

In these trying global times, the world can look like a cold, bleak and unwelcoming place. But perhaps it is now, more than ever, that we must always look to the concept of paying it forward. Doing good deeds for others, without expecting anything in return, can restore our faith in humanity. It’s something we teach our children and something we must do ourselves. So what benefits can we receive from paying it forward?

 

Health

There are numerous studies about how paying it forward can decrease stress and increase the power of the immune system. Not only that, but doing good deeds can also lower the blood pressure keeping your heart healthy and able to prevent heart attacks, strokes and other heart disease.

 

Social

Paying it forward can often manifest as a group activity, making your social life especially rewarding. Self-esteem can skyrocket, particularly in a larger setting, when you’re all working towards benefiting the greater good. And if someone is experiencing isolating feelings or those of loneliness, volunteering with a group can relieve those feelings by leaps and bounds! And of course, meeting like-minded people is always a mood booster — think of all the new friends just a volunteer event away!

 

Practicing Gratitude

It’s very easy to get caught up in the grind of everyday life, from the menial like a long commute to work or experiencing a loss, like a job or a marriage. We’re all prone to going to the rabbit hole of hopelessness depending on our circumstances, but the truth is, when we’re able to pay it forward — even the tiniest bit — it allows us to gain perspective and practice gratitude for all that we do have in life. Paying it forward triggers feelings of happiness and in turn, a chance to feel grateful for being alive!

 

So get creative and be mindful about how you go about paying it forward in your day-to-day life. Whether you get a group of friends together to volunteer at a local homeless shelter or pick up the tab for the person behind you at the Starbucks drive through, every little bit is contributing to the greater good of our world. We’re all in this together — let’s be kind to one another!

 

Peace, Grace, Love and Namasgar,

 

Gar

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