Pay It Forward Day is a holiday that most people typically associate with a movie, but the fact is that the much-loved movie was originally based on a book by Catherine Ryan Hyde. Pay It Forward was a compelling book about one student's goal to make a difference in the world – a positive difference. This old school favorite is Hyde's second novel, and managed to become an international smash hit due to the incredibly emotionally charging plot, realistic characters, and tearjerker plotline that celebrates the good in humanity.
Pay It Forward achieved a very high level of recognition, and not only because of its stellar on-screen adaptation. The American Library Association chose Pay It Forward as the Best Book For Young Adults in 2001 – a pretty major award. It was also translated into approximately 20 languages, and was shipped out to 30 countries for publication and distribution purposes. Over a million of the Pay It Forward books were snatched off bookstore shelves, and countless people have read it at their local libraries.
Reading Pay It Forward is a good way to pick up on the more subtle notes that the movie has difficulty conveying. It's even more powerful, more thought-provoking, than the movie starring the famous Hollywood cast. If you aren't big into movies, going to your local library to get a copy of Pay It Forward, or buying a copy online can be a good way to get insight into the ideas that sparked the PIF Day Philippines movement.
Reading the book, of course, isn't mandatory for celebrating or participating in Pay It Forward, but it can definitely help inspire you on ways to bestow acts of kindness on those you don't know. For those in Pay It Forward Philippines who want to help spread the word, buying a copy of the book, or lending your copy to a friend can be a good way to bring people into the holiday, the movement, and the mentality. There are plenty of bookstores that carry Hyde's work, and do so at very reasonable prices.
There are so many ways to improve your first celebration of Pay It Forward Day, all you have to do is get a little bit of inspiration in order to figure out what ways you can make someone's day brighter. And, once you are inspired, make sure to pay it forward by offering suggestions to those who are stumped.