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8 Ways to Pay it Forward

We often take the little things in life for granted. This week I’ve had a series of events occur that reminded me of the little things in life that I appreciate and strive to follow.

In the business world, doing little things for people can be bigger than you can imagine. The PR world is all about generating good will and maintaining a positive image, so why not practice what you preach?

Here are eight ways that you can pay it forward to your co-workers and/or peers without seeming phony or over the top. Try doing one of these per day and see how different the people around you act.

  1. Smile
    I’ve said it before and I’ll say it again. A smile is simple, meaningful and contagious.
  2. Hold the door (or elevator)
    We’ve all been behind someone, running to catch the elevator or get through a door when that person suddenly thinks they’re the only human that exists and lets it close in your face. Word of advice, that’s not nice and it won’t put anyone in a good mood, at all.
  3. Send thank you notes
    When a co-worker, colleague or friend does something nice for you, show that you’re appreciative and send a thank you note. It doesn’t have to be an essay, keep it short.
  4. Give a compliment
    Every so often it’s nice to give a compliment. If you like someone’s outfit, hair, nails or even attitude, you should tell them.
  5. Stay positive
    Positive energy is seriously contagious. I believe this is one of the most difficult things to do, especially when you’re having a terrible day, but trust me when I say you HAVE TO TRY and fake it until you make it.
  6. Don’t be lazy
    If you use the last of something, replace it. It’s really that simple and it makes a huge difference.
  7. Be a social butterfly
    It’s never easy being the “new guy”. Introduce yourself, give a few tips and invite them out for a drink (or coffee).
  8. Think Twice
    This is the most important point out of them all. Think before you speak and think about who you’re speaking to. Never let others get too involved in your business because it could come to a breaking point on either end, which we all know is never good. Avoid “no filter” drama at all costs.
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