Geeks Vs Loneliness: paying it forward

Just a simple amplification of a nice idea, to end the week...

Hello and welcome to Geeks Vs Loneliness, our spot on the site where we talk about things that may be affecting you, or people around you. Or in this case, just amplifying an idea that might just bring a bit of a smile to someone’s day. As ever, the rules of this series are that not everything works for every person, and that’s absolutely okay. Hopefully, though, we’ll come up with something that’ll be of use over the course of these (many!) articles.

A simple one this week, then. The notion of paying something forward.

A friend of mine has a simple way to reward authors for a good book. That they buy another copy, and give it to someone else. That way, they reason, the author has a bonus sale for going over and above, and someone else might get to enjoy the book in question. It’s not fiscally possible for all of us, of course, but I can’t help but like the key underlying ethos behind the idea.

Likewise, the broader notion of paying something forward, an obvious little twist on the idea of paying something back. That, sometimes, if someone has done you a kindness, they don’t necessarily want anything in return. That’s not what they did it. Thus, if that’s how they strongly feel, the idea is that you instead go out of your way and do an unexpected kindness for someone else.

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It was explored in book form, of course, and a less successful movie. But that core idea of passing a good deed on isn’t, I’d argue, a bad way to end a week. To spread a little bit of extra goodness into a world that, bluntly, could use an extra dose of it.

If anyone has any ideas along this lines of things that can be done to pass a kindness on, do leave them in the comments. But that aside, consider this week’s Geeks Vs Loneliness short, relatively sweet, and pretty to the point. You all stay brilliant and thanks, as always, for reading.