Hands up: Who thinks that an international day for random acts of kindness to strangers is a great idea?
Well, guess what? There is such a day, already!
In fact, this is the seventh year that April 28th has been designated an official day to Pay it Forward here in the UK.
Here's how it works:
You set out to be kind to three people whom you don't know throughout the day. It may be that you spend time chatting to a lonely person, help lift a pram up a flight of stairs or just pay for someone's cup of coffee or parking ticket.
A simple act of kindness brings a broad smile to the face of the recipient of the kind act and you will feel marvellous for the rest of the day.
Here's the thing about paying it forward: when you do something kind for a stranger, you expect nothing in return; you simply ask that they will find three strangers that they could do something nice for, too.
Many schools and children’s groups are encouraging youngsters to take part in Pay it Forward, by doing a kind deed for someone in their family or a class mate.
How it all began:
In 1999, a novel by Catherine Ryan Hyde was published. The story was about a character called Trevor McKinney, a 12-year-old student. Trevor's social studies tutor gave the class an assignment which was to come up with a plan that would make the world a better place. Trevor's idea was a network of good deeds, which he called "Pay it Forward."
The book was immediately adapted for the screen and released as a film in 2000, starring Kevin Spacey and Kate Winslet.
Pay it Forward has become a worldwide movement. Last year, on the designated day, people in 75 countries were inspired to perform random acts of kindness for strangers and asking them to do the same.
In 2011, The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge got involved by asking wedding guests to give to good causes instead of sending gifts.
So, are you in?
Imagine the good deeds that will be done when we all take the challenge? Imagine the warm fuzzy feeling that will spread through the country! Are you excited about the idea of joining the chain?
Of course, there's no reason why you should wait until Friday 28 April to be kind and thoughtful. Every single day, there are opportunities to help our fellow citizens.
Let's all take the challenge and spread a little sunshine!