Pay It Forward Day (abbreviated as PIF Day) is quickly becoming one of the most popular non-denominational holidays to celebrate around the world. Originated in 2007 by author Blake Beattie, PIF Day focuses on getting people to be kind to one another. You don't need to buy a card, or to go out shopping for expensive presents for people, or to cook a gigantic meal for your family and friends in order to celebrate this holiday. All you have to do to partake in PIF Day is to do a good deed for someone who needs it, and ask them to repay the kindness by doing a good deed for another person, either via a printed out card or by telling them. (You can also recognize the good deeds of others and congratulate them on doing the right thing, too!)
Another less common way to celebrate PIF Day is to write out a proclamation. A proclamation is a written declaration that it's an official holiday in your town, city, or state. In order to get this done, you will need to contact your local government office and talk to them about making Pay It Forward Day official. The more people know about PIF Day, the more likely it is that they will participate in the wave of good deeds. If you want to have your town write a proclamation, you should start working on the effort for at least a month in most circumstances.
Celebrated worldwide every April 25, Pay It Forward Day has been getting has slowly been getting more and more participants. On that day, you might see people passing Pay It Forward cards to those who they did a good deed for, or you might just hear people asking you to “pay it forward.” In 2012, people in 60 different countries around the world printed out Pay It Forward cards, did great deeds, and helped make the world a better place. 2013 is a year where we hopefully will have over 500,000 people celebrate the holiday, and have the kindness continue on for months and months.
There also happens to be a great social aspect to PIF Day. After all, whenever you do a great deed for a friend, or even a stranger, it makes the bond between them and you a little bit stronger. Pay It Forward Day is also a great time to enlist the help of friends and family who want to make a difference, and who want to be the change they want to see happen in the world. Start getting together your friends for a plan on how to do as many great deeds as you can.