Whenever we get motivated to change the world for the better, we get discouraged by the thought that one single person simply can’t make a lasting impact without a copious amount of wealth. But the truth is that if everyone did only one small good thing today, the world would be filled with millions of kind, generous and responsible acts.
If everyone did only one small good thing today, the world would be filled with millions of kind, generous and responsible acts.
To that end, here are some ways you can empower both yourself and others to create a positive change in the world:
Donate your time to a local charity
Whether it’s a homeless shelter, an animal shelter, the local Red Cross, or any other non-profit organization in your area that is devoted to a good cause, one of the easiest and arguably most noble ways you could create a positive change in your community is by volunteering at a charity near you.
Additionally, you could consider donating money directly to a good cause you’re passionate about, allowing them to continue with their charitable work. If you don’t have the means, however, even spreading the word around social media and your circle of friends might help to bring attention to the cause, and motivate others to make a change.
Make your life more eco-friendly
Creating a positive change in the world doesn’t only involve helping people living in it, but also doing your part to help save the planet itself. From using less water in your home and walking more instead of driving to buying less plastic and investing in only fair-trade and ethical products, there are many small changes you can make to your daily habits in order to lead a more eco-friendly life.
If you want to take your green practices a step further to minimize your carbon footprint, consider leading a more minimal, low or zero-waste lifestyle. Apart from reducing your possessions, this also means minimizing the waste you produce to mostly organic, biodegradable material you can then compost yourself.
Become a healthcare worker
If you’re struggling to find a career path, consider a job in healthcare, as it’s among the most noble, honorable and reputable professions you could opt for. Such a career will allow you to work closely with people, helping to improve or even save their lives, which might be one of the most virtuous ways you could make a positive change in the world. For instance, you can start by getting an Advanced Cardiac Life Support certification, necessary for most professions in this field.
Even if you already are a healthcare worker, consider taking an ACLS renewal course online, and get recertified in this valuable skill, which will allow you to continue saving lives and making the world a happier place.
Practice compassion and kindness
Showing kindness and compassion to other people is one of the simplest things you could do. It takes minimal effort and only a couple of seconds of your time, but it could make someone else’s day, or even help to improve their life by restoring faith in humanity. What’s more, being kind to others allows us to feel better about ourselves, knowing that our small good act might have created a positive change.
Whether you help an elderly person cross the road, hold the door for someone entering the building behind you, or simply brighten someone’s day by giving them a genuine compliment, aim to practice kindness and compassion every day, and you might just inspire others to do the same.
Help stray and abandoned animals
In most places around the world, there are many abandoned pets living on the streets, struggling to survive. If you want to make a change by helping animals, the least you could do is bring out a few bowls of water and food for the cats and dogs in your area, allowing them to live a healthier life.
If you have the opportunity, consider adopting a stray pet, or even save an older or sick animal from euthanasia at a local shelter, to give these wonderful cats and dogs the opportunity to live happily in a loving and caring home.
By being kind, caring and considerate to the planet and its inhabitants every day, you are doing your part to make the world a better place.
Evidently, creating a positive change doesn’t necessarily require vast amounts of money or other resources. As long as you are kind, caring and considerate to the planet and its inhabitants every day, you can do your part to make the world a better place.
Guest post by Lana Hawkins
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