Pay it Forward

Pay it Forward means doing something for someone else and instead of asking for something in return, asking them to pass it on. It is based on the film and the book of the same name, with the message of spreading acts of kindness.

‘Pay it Foward is that one thing that 6.9 billion people can be a part of. Whether you have money or whether you live on 2 dollars a day, you can open a door for someone, you can make someone smile, you can create something in their mind that makes them happier. Pay it Forward is pure, it’s genuine, it’s simple.’ Charley Johnson – Pay it Forward Experience

Kindness is free and its effects are incredibly valuable.

One of the easiest ways to create compassionate classrooms and communities is to encourage peer teaching. When children teach each other they not only deepen their understanding of the subject, they also develop empathy and

If children grow up in an environment where kindness and paying it forward is encouraged, they will always want to do something for another person.

‘Make everyone whose life you touch feel worthy. Give everyone a sense of their own worthiness as a person, a sense of the true wonder of who they are. Give this gift and you will heal the world.’

Neale Donald Walsch

‘Too often we underestimate the power of a touch, a smile, a kind word, a listening ear, an honest compliment, or the smallest act of caring, all of which have the potential to turn a life around.’

Leo Buscaglia

For more on Kindness in Education see

Puget Sound Community School,  also known as The Kindness School

Kindness, Happiness and Compassion Links


Improving the world


‘How wonderful it is that nobody need wait a single moment before starting to improve the world.’ –Anne Frank There’s always something small that we can do to help improve the world in some way, whether it’s holding a door … Continue reading

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Happiness in schools

happiness habits in schools

Happiness habits in schools = happy students, happy teachers + happy places What if the main focus in Education is happiness? This is an interesting thing to ask when I normally talk about accelerating learning and improving teaching… By creating … Continue reading

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New curriculum subjects

I sometimes post about Kindness in Education for Pay it Forward, to spread messages of teaching children about kindness. Previously, I wrote a post called The Kindness Curriculum sharing the benefits of linking kindness with other subjects. As it’s the … Continue reading

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The launch of Pay it Forward with Education

It’s official, I have announced the plan for Pay it Forward with Education, and now to share it online! Everyone is a student and a teacher The plan To teach groups of 12 children: 5D Learning how to learn a … Continue reading

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Children have the answers

Be more awesome

Children are amazing. They quite often come out with funny, inspiring and enlightening comments that add a smile to a person’s face. Children are teachers. They show incredible signs of strength and courage. They teach others all kinds of lessons, … Continue reading

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The Kindness Curriculum


Kindness doesn’t just have to be saved for bedtime stories for toddlers, it is a lifelong, universal human need. Kindness as part of the curriculum can benefit the students, teachers, the whole school, the students’ homes and the local area. … Continue reading

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Learning about Love


Pay it Forward is doing something for someone without asking for anything in return, the idea that we can change the world through kindness. There are many organisations around the world all sharing a similar message to Pay it Forward … Continue reading

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London Basket Brigade

If you are free on 23rd December in London and would like to take part in an amazing event called Basket Brigade – we would love you to part of our magical day. Basket Brigade is a global event which … Continue reading

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How can Education Facilitate Happiness?

Last Tuesday Students for Happiness hosted an ‘invigorating discussion’ titled How can Education Facilitate Happiness? It was a very positive and uplifting event, with 3 inspirational speakers…   Here are some of the key points and stories from the evening: A … Continue reading

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