Make someone’s day with a free treat (Picture: Getty Images)
This Christmas, we decided to do an advent calendar with a difference, where instead of opening a treat, you get a random act of kindness to do each day.
After you’ve revealed your chocolate or beauty product counting down to Christmas, you can do a good deed and make someone’s day in the meantime.
You’ll spread festive cheer, get a warm and fuzzy feeling knowing you helped someone else, and ensure you remain on the nice list for another year – what’s not to love?
Behind today’s advent door is a chance to make a stranger smile by secretly paying for their order.
Day 10: Pay it forward
Today’s act of kindness: Leave a surprise for someone by paying for their order or getting them a treat.
The concept of paying it forward is essentially what the random act of kindness movement is built on. It’s when someone does something nice for you, you do something nice for a stranger, and the cycle of kindness continues.
In a more material sense, though, it can simply be the act of paying ahead for someone else.
Say you’re in a coffee shop, you can buy a hot drink for someone who needs it. You won’t personally give them it, but they can come in and get a free drink you’ve paid for in advance.
Today we’re asking you to pay it forward wherever and however you can, giving the person behind you in a queue or someone short on cash a special Christmas treat.
Some stores and restaurants have specific schemes for this, so check first. If not, however, ask staff if there’s a way to make it work.
You might be in a restaurant and see a happy couple on a date. If you have the cash, you could pay for their meal or send over a dessert/drink (secretly, of course, this isn’t about glory hunting).
If you’re at the supermarket, you could pay for a child’s sweetie or leave some change on the ride-on toys for a little one to find.
The possibilities are endless, and will depend on what you’re up to today. Just remember, particularly if you’re struggling financially yourself, that it’s not about what you spend or the size of a gift.
It’s about making a moment for someone else, restoring their faith in humanity with your gesture. The gesture itself is what matters, and you’ll be sure to put a smile on someone’s face regardless of monetary value.
Metro.co.uk’s 12 days of kindness
In case you missed it, we’ve got an alternative advent calendar for 2021, with each door revealing a random act of kindness you can do to spread Christmas cheer.
Here’s what we’ve revealed so far:
Today’s is the tenth instalment, so check back tomorrow for more.
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