7 Ways You Can Pay It Forward!

Hey there, my gorgeous readers! Hope you are adjusting to this September weather better than I am!

Have you ever seen the movie Pay It Forward? (click to see trailer). You know, that one with Haley Joel Osment as a kid. They made us watch it in middle school. Wow, that movie has always really stayed with me! FUN FACT: Did you ever realize that Jon Bon Jovi played the deadbeat father? I seriously just found that out! Crazy, right? Anyways! That movie was so incredibly touching! In a nutshell, this super young, yet genius kid comes up with a plan to make the world a better place. Basically, you do a nice thing for three different people, and they each pay it forward to three more people, and so on and so forth. I do think about this movie sometimes, but even more so in the past few weeks. Two things have happened to me that lead to this post. What are these things, you ask? Well, it’s your lucky day, because you get the stories firsthand from yours truly! 

*STORY #1*

A little over a month ago, I went to get a haircut downtown. My hairdresser changed location, so this was a new area for me. Walking around, we couldn’t figure out where the ramp / elevator was. Seeing only a huge staircase staring back at us was slightly disconcerting. Oh well, we thought, and Gen prepared herself for an upward hike with Chandler in her arms. Then, all of a sudden a man came down the stairs and happily offered to show us where the elevator was and almost bent over backwards to help us carry Chandler up the few steps before it. WOW! I know this may not seem like a huge deal, but for us, it seriously made our day. Why can’t more people be this kind?

*STORY #2*

Just a few days ago, I was spending time with some friends at Walmart. When we were passing through the pharmacy section, I of course started having one of my cough-moments, as I like to call them. In other words, it’s when I suddenly start coughing like crazy, as if I’m about to hack up a lung or two. Don’t worry, it looks and sounds a lot worse than it is. In reality, it’s just a tickle. As this production was happening, the pharmacist asked if I was alright and if I needed some water. Even though I politely declined the offer, she quickly poured some water into a very tall bright yellow pill bottle and handed it to us. So so sweet! She literally put together whatever she could and tried so hard to be of help… it was really very touching! We need more people like her! 


So, I guess two people have “paid it forward” to me… does that mean I should find six people to pass it on to? 

Here are some ways it can be done!

Then, a little bonus joke for your added enjoyment! 🙂


7 Ways YOU Can Pay It Forward!

Compliment – You know what they say, one little thing for you can mean a whole lot to someone else. Even just complimenting someone’s outfit could make their day!

Change – Another way to change the world is to put your change to good use. Let me explain… all those extra coins weighing down your bag? Give it to someone on the street, or to someone ahead of you in line who needs some help paying for their coffee. 

Review – My mom is a big believer in this one. People are sometimes so quick to complain or leave a bad review for a company, service, etc. What if we did the opposite? A few days ago, my mom asked to speak with the manager at East Side Mario’s because our waitress was so great. We saw her face drop when we asked for the manager, and then we saw it light up again when we reassured her it was for a positive thing… very cute experience! I think we made her day!

Give – This is something I’ve been working towards. After some heavy-duty de-cluttering, we now have a few boxes of odds and ends that we don’t need anymore. Me thinks that donating these things might actually be a nice way to pay it forward.

Stand-up – I’ve been watching a lot of What Would You Do? lately. You know, those social experiments testing to see how people react in an awful situation? Often, standing up for someone can go a long way… unless it’s dangerous! Then, please get someone else involved! 🙂

Leave behind – Do you have something extra lying around, like an umbrella? Leave it behind somewhere for someone who might need it. How great would that be?! Finding a random umbrella at your coffee shop that one day when you forgot to bring yours and it’s pouring rain outside?

Reach out – Remember that awesome teacher you had in 9th grade? Why not try to find them online and send a quick (or slow) email thanking them for making a difference in your life. I’ve done it, and it felt great! 🙂


BONUS JOKE (courtesy of my Daddy hehe):

A little boy, Maurice, is sitting in his classroom. The teacher gives everyone a new assignment; “Go home and do a good deed tonight, and tell us all about it tomorrow”.

So, the next day comes and the students all have nice stories to tell. Then, Maurice’s turn comes, and his teacher asks…

What good deed did you do last night, Maurice?”

Maurice: “Well, mam, I put together a group of 10 of my friends and we helped an old lady cross the street.”

Teacher: “Wow, that’s very nice, Maurice! But, may I ask why it took 10 people to do this?”

Maurice: “Because, she didn’t want to cross the street”.


… And, there’s my bad joke of the week. Hope you all enjoyed it! I’m hoping to make this a new segment on my blog. What are your thoughts on the idea? Go ahead and answer in the comments! I would also love to hear about your “paying it forward” experiences! Have you seen the movie I talked about?

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One thought on “7 Ways You Can Pay It Forward!

  1. Shell

    September 10, 2017 at 10:36am

    Sweetie your posts always make me smile and remember that there are kind and wonderful people in this world…. if people even took a few of your suggestions to try then what a wonderful world it would be! Thanks for sharing with us!!!!

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      Zoey Schvan

      September 10, 2017 at 12:25pm

      Aww, thank you so much! That really means a lot! Definitely what I was going for :p

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  2. Herlina Kwee

    September 12, 2017 at 8:42pm

    I LOVE that movie and the “Pay it Forward” concept. It’s something that I try to apply in my my everyday life by actively volunteering in my community. By volunteering, you get to do what you love, build a community around you and “paying it forward” all at the same time. Three birds in one stone?? 🙂

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      Zoey Schvan

      September 13, 2017 at 1:04am

      Very true! That’s so awesome that you spend your time volunteering. Definitely counts as paying it forward! :p Thanks so much for stopping by, Herlina! 💗

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  3. Trupti Bhatt

    September 13, 2017 at 9:38pm

    A small act of kindness never gets wasted, and helping out someone or even just bringing a smile on someone’s face would only bring happiness. Beautifully explained. I wish more and more people follow these ways and bring a change.

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      Zoey Schvan

      September 14, 2017 at 2:08am

      Yes, even making someone smile is a beautiful thing! I also wish more people would think like this, but in the meantime, even just a few can make a big difference. Thank you so much for stopping by, Trupti! 💗 Your comment is really appreciated!

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      Zoey Schvan

      September 18, 2017 at 9:00pm

      That’s so amazing, good for you! I wish more people thought like that! Glad you liked my post! Thank you so much for stopping by, Erica! 💗

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  4. Jessie

    September 18, 2017 at 7:40pm

    Zoey! These are perfect tips! I always do my best to do anything that can help someone out!

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      Zoey Schvan

      September 18, 2017 at 8:58pm

      The world needs more people like you! Thanks so much for your comment, Jessie, always happy to hear from you! 💗

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