Pay it Foward: One of the many definitions of this term

  Thank to everyone for their amazing submissions. It was VERY hard to pick one. Many of you put a lot of time and thought into your submissions, and I am very grateful. I will be combining so many definitions into a up coming blog post.

"Paying it Forward (PIF) means many things, from giving someone the shirt off your back, to a friendly nod, simple smile, or a few kind words. To pay it forward is actually another form of a random act of kindness. If someone is having a bad day you can PIF simply by telling that person how great they are :)  Paying it forward is showing someone a kind gesture and not expecting anything back in return. It's doing a good deed to restore the faith in humanity, it's telling your brother that he's not as annoying as you say lol. You can interpret any random act of kindness from your heart as paying it forward.  
The biggest reward though, is that you're really paying it forward to yourself! You PIF because you want to and don't need to think why am I doing this. People were born to pay it forward, sometimes they just need a little help understanding exactly what it is. It's true that when you pay it forward it gets passed along! For example, someone smiles at you, you smile back, you then go on to smile at someone else and they smile at someone else and so on. Well that one simple smile just PIF to a whole group of people. Like I said, PIF to me means helping restore the faith in humanity by doing something completely selfless without thinking about it!" - Nikki P

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What's PIF anyways?

“Well, I made a difference to that one!” The old man looked at the girl inquisitively and thought about what she had said and done. Inspired, he joined the little girl in throwing starfish back into the sea. Soon others joined, and all the starfish were saved. - adapted from the Star Thrower by Loren C. Eiseley
What does "Pay it Forward" (PIF) mean?
"Paying it Forward" and performing random acts of kindness has become the norm for my daughter and I. It is our lifestyle, who we are and how we go about our day interacting with people.  We keep hand written letters and spare change in my car at all times so that in whatever we are doing we are able to spread love easily and abundantly. As we are driving to and from school my daughter will spot a homeless person on the street side and ask if we can give him a letter and spare change. And since we have them already written, we can! Thus making it so we are able to impact more people. Paying it forward is our way of life. But as we have passed out letters, flowers, or change we quite often receive puzzled looks. It has made me realize that not everyone knows what this term even means and this saddens me. My life is permeated with kindness, love and happiness. I start my morning off with yoga, then I listen to my latest inspirational podcast and head to class. We make it a goal to spread love to at least one person before we arrive at our destination. I never thought that others would have no clue as to this treasure, this amazing gift we experience on a daily basis by giving to others. So how do we insight people on the gift of Paying it Forward? What does this term mean to you?

So I am starting another Giveaway!! How would you describe the meaning of "Pay it Forward" to a complete stranger? Or define the term "Pay it forward" in your own words

Enter your answers below in the comments box or post it on facebook.com/deap. You will automatically be entered into a giveaway. Deadline is 9.27.2013

Keep Spreading Love


Kindness Giveaway Winners

"My religion is very simple. My religion is kindness."
Dalai Lama

WINNER #1 - Jamie Lago
WINNER #2 -  Autumn (theycallmeautie)
WINNER #3 - Jackie (ringgoldja) 
WINNER #4 - Ashleigh (ash_pack)

I received nearly 100 stories and pictures for this giveaway. And they were all amazing stories and pictures. Some that made me laugh, smile and others that made me cry. I am so inspired by all of you. And so grateful to have met you all and proud to know you. I can not wait to compile everyone's ideas and stories for you all to read and hopefully be inspired as much as I have been. 

I believe no story is "better" than the other - kindness is kindness in any shape or size. So I compiled all the stories from my blog, instagram and email. I wrote everyone's name down and picked them out of a jar.

I received some Awesome Donations from several amazing people. So HUGE thanks to them, I was able to pick two winners of this kindness giveaway! And then I have to smaller winners that will receive a little gift of love as well.

Our Amazing donators are:

                      Jennifer Hammerberg


Lani LD


So Thank You Thank You THANK YOU to are amazing donators !!! You are the ones that made it possible. 

Stay Tuned! I will post stories, pictures this weekend!

THE WINNERS and their stories/pics