Paying it Forward


A picture of a surprise in a book

Autumn Harnois, Staff Writer

I’m sure that everyone has heard the phrase, “Pay it Forward” before, but many people don’t know what it means. Paying it Forward is doing an act of kindness that helps someone else. This can be done in many ways. Whether it is telling someone something nice to make them smile or help someone less fortunate.

One of the coolest stories I’ve heard about “paying it forward” happened in a Missouri Target. While shopping in Target in May, Ashley Jost bought a book called, “Girl, Stop Apologizing”. She brought the book home and immediately began reading it, but had to stop because her dog was barking. She put the book down and it fell; she went to check what the dog was barking at, and when she returned there  was a surprise. On the floor was a $5 bill. So Jost looked through the rest of the book and found a slip of paper that read, “To the person who buys this book: I am having a tough day. I thought maybe I could brighten someone else’s with this little surprise. Go buy a coffee, a donut or a face mask. Practice some self care today. Remember that you are loved, you are amazing, you are strong. – Lisa”

Jost then decided to post a picture of what she found on Twitter  and it blew up. People from all over the world began to do the same in their local books. After seeing the response and the effect that her post had, she said “In that moment, I didn’t necessarily need the pick-me-up, but I feel obligated to share it, and I’m hearing back from people who did,” Jost said. “The ripple effect is pretty incredible.”

She ended up making an amazing trend that brings happiness into someone else’s life just by posting about something that happened to her. There needs to be more happy stories like these on the internet because the internet is filled with sad stories.