We’ve all heard popular sayings like, “Treat others the way you would like to be treated” and “Don’t judge another until you’ve walked a mile in their shoes.” Tim and Jessie wanted to take these sentiments and literally apply them to their own lives. Based on 12-step programs designed to change behaviors, they created a 12-step experiment as a way to confront their own apathy and selfishness. For 12 months, Tim and Jessie attempted to open their hearts, eyes and minds to become kinder, more empathetic people.
You may not even realize it, but a small effort on your part can change someone’s day. This book is designed to give you some examples of what you can do to make a difference. Your challenge is to wake up each day with the purpose of spreading a little love. As you read through the tasks, feel free to alter each idea to fit your location, abilities, resources or culture. Once complete, use the space at the bottom of each page to reflect on the results. Over the course of your journey, we hope you discover the joys of human nature and how wonderful paying it forward can feel.