Amazing Kids! Magazine

Word Booster: Paying It Forward

By Sophie Nadel, Writer’s Tips Editor


If anyone has ever done anything nice to you, you’ll remember how great it feels. Maybe the good deed filled you with generosity and appreciation and made you want to return the favor. One of the best ways to show your gratitude towards the person who helped you is to pay the good deed forward. In return for the good deed done for you, show kindness to someone else. That someone else will also pass on the favor, and you can cause a domino effect of joy! Here are a few words to help you get into the spirit of paying it forward! 

Contribution: (noun) the act of giving something or something given
Aaron’s contribution to the Red Cross was greatly appreciated. 

Donate: (verb): to give as a way of helping people in need
Lindsey was proud of herself after donating her toys to a children’s home. 

Outcome: (noun) something that happens as a result of an activity or process
Grant was eager to witness the outcome of his science experiment, so he stayed up all night watching it for any change. 

Philanthropy: (noun) desire and active effort to help other people
Maria’s philanthropy was well-known around town—she was always willing when someone in the community asked her for help.

Provide: (verb) to give something that is needed
When Sydney lost her pencil, I provided her with one of my own.

Sequence: (noun) a continuous or connected series
The single act of holding the door open initiated a sequence of other good deeds done by the recipient.

(Definitions from Merriam-Webster Online Dictionary)