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Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Pay It Forward

The expression "pay it forward" is used to describe the concept of asking the beneficiary of a good deed to repay it to others instead of to the original benefactor.

A week ago, my sister shared this wonderful video on Facebook about giving a little love and spreading the love exponentially.

I'm not sure if you are able to view the video without a Facebook account and over the course of one week, I found a similar video on YouTube with a different music used due to copyright issue (I presume) and the original one in English by Noah and the Whale. While I love the meaningful lyrics of the one by Noah and the Whale, the piano music of the Chinese version somehow brings a different feel to the video. I can't stop watching and listening to the music of both.

The one by Noah and the Whale

The one with the soulful piano tune

Which one do you prefer?

Of course great music aside, I love the message behind the video. The video depicts the concept of paying it forward in our everyday life. You could see how all these simple acts in your everyday life could actually create waves and speak volume.

You needn't go all out to be kind. You can do something like smiling, for no reason, at someone you happen to pass in the street. Without intending to, you might have saved the life of a complete stranger, whom might have been ready to kill himself, until a smile gave him new hope and confidence.

For me personally, I love to smile, show appreciation and give sincere compliments to people. Yes, these are NOTHING at all. It doesn't cost a a pinch do them. Nevertheless, I realise how much difference these could do to the person at the receiving end.

I hope you like the video as much as I do.

Give a little love. Pay it forward. The world would be a better place with more love.


  1. Very admirable my friend, this idea of doing good for good's sake and encouraging people not to repay you directly, but to share the blessing those they meet. It's one of those beautiful on the inside traits. I should have known it was one of your traits. (I did)

  2. how cute are those elephants! I know what you mean by cute animals butts- dogs with stubby little tails are the cutest hehe

  3. I totally agree with you about even just smiling at a stranger it can light up their day and they might not even know it themselves. For me it's a natural reaction to smile if I see a stranger etc. It does get awkward though when they just stare at me with a blank face while I'm standing there smiling at them LOL

  4. Beautifully said Jo! The world would indeed be a better place with more love. I also love the message of the video and it's interesting how they can feel so different with the change in music. The holiday season is a great time to start paying it forward and once you start it should be easy to carry it out through the year.

    Rena & Ian thank you for your sweet comment :) They are Pullip dolls not Dolfies. Dolfies are bigger and more expensive for sure. I would love one but I spend enough on those too LOL.

    Rowena @ rolala loves

  5. Rick,

    And I know it is one of yours too right? =)



    Lol... I think you meant to leave this comment on the previous post. I agree with stubby tails!


    suki pooki,

    Hahaha... I get that sometimes too. They probably think I recognized the wrong person! Or they are shell-shocked that a stranger would smile at them.



    Yes, I totally agree with you about once you start, it should be easier to carry it out through the year or as long as one's lifetime.

    Ah, pullip dolls. I learn something new.

  6. such cute videos! i like the first one :)

  7. The video 'Noah and the Whale' is
    soooo heartwarming! Gonna post it on Facebook c:
    I love how this 'little love' works like a snowball-effect!


  8. Marsa,



    Ice Pandora,

    Great that you shared on your FB. Hope the sharing of this video works the same way as the paying forward of kindness.


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