Today is Pay It Forward Day: 5 million acts of kindness around the world!

You know what Pay it Forward means, right? You do one little act of kindness, make somebody’s day just a little better, and hopefully inspire that person to do the same thing . . . and on it goes. This year, the folks behind Pay It Forward Day hope to inspire 5 million random acts of kindness around the world, which seems pretty doable in a world where 7 billion people live.

All it takes is a simple gesture: Buy the coffee for the person next to you in line or ahead of you at the drive-through. Pick up the tab for a stranger’s lunch. Buy two lottery tickets instead of one and give away the extra one.

Here’s what you’ll probably discover — and it’s a lesson you can take with you all year long: It feels good to do something for someone else, even if it’s a small, unexpected gesture.

Try it! How will you pay it forward today? Join the conversation on our Facebook page.

AboutJohn Fisher

John is a Midwest native who started his Northwest radio career in 1992 after moving to Seattle from Chicago. He’s an avid cyclist, painter, traveler, foodie, and dog lover (Hazel and Gizmo, both shelter dogs.) He’s worked with various animal organizations including PAWS, Seattle Humane Society and Seattle Animal Shelter. John got a late start on fatherhood – he and his wife have a 5-year-old son named Dawson who already has a crush on Katy Perry.