Pay It Forward: How You Can Have a Helping Hand


With all the trials and tribulations that plague the world, sometimes it just feels good to help someone or contribute to a cause that can make it feel a little less chaotic and remind us that there are still good things to look forward to. As the saying goes, “pay it forward.” Perhaps you have received an act of kindness before, and now you want to find impactful ways you can help your community. Thankfully, there are several ways to do this that have a major significance, even if you don’t have thousands of dollars to spare or all the time in the world to volunteer.

Here are some ideas on how you can give back to the community and help the world heal:

Several diseases and conditions are still being researched so that they can be treated better and found cures for. While you may not discover the treatment yourself, you can be a significant part of the process by joining healthy clinical trials. In some areas, they conduct tests with healthy individuals to be able to figure out treatments and discover new information about chronic illnesses like fibromyalgia, osteoarthritis, atopic dermatitis, and more. There, you can serve as comparisons to unhealthy patients, and you don’t have to worry about being at risk because of their safety regulations.

  • Take part in cleaning initiatives.

America produces a lot of trash, and that is harmful not only to the environment but to the people, too. Within the decade, Americans have produced over 250 million tons of trash a year. It inevitably leads to an overflow, topped off with thousands of individuals who don’t properly dispose of their waste. While it’s also as crucial for you to maintain your proper recycling and waste disposal habits, you can create a more significant impact by joining groups and initiatives that do trash pick-ups and cleanings in affected zones.

  • Donate things you no longer use.

It can get tempting to hold on to things because of their sentimental value or perhaps because we tend to forget about them or think we might need them someday. However, there is always someone out there who might need that item right now. If you have old appliances, toys, clothing, or gadgets that you can give away to charity or a homeless person, go for it. You don’t need the clutter, and it can help someone out in life even just a little bit.

  • Help a local charity.

While major charities do a lot of good work globally and it’s still positive to support them, seek out smaller charities that are localized in your vicinity. Often, you’ll find that they need more help and can use either a donation or your volunteer time to enact the goals they have.

  • Do small acts of kindness every day.

Paying it forward can be as simple as smiling at someone who seems down, helping someone cross the street, offering to let someone pass before you, and other little things. These can ultimately brighten up someone’s day and make the world a little kinder.

With those actions, you can become a vessel for goodness in general. It isn’t so bad if you feel good about it, too.

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