Although bad news routinely dominates the headlines whether on television, the Internet, newspapers or conversations, it does not mean that these are the only stories out there.
No, the sky is not falling and never-ending grim stories sometimes do result in positive outcomes. Take for example the White Helmets of Syria. When the bombs drop, the Syrian Civil Defense rushes in. In a place where public services no longer function, these unarmed volunteers risk their lives to help anyone in need, regardless of their politics or religion. The White Helmets have saved over 79,000 lives and the number is growing daily.
It is up to us to find the good and to be grateful for what we have. Nobody’s life is perfect and rather than wishing for things we don’t have, we must make the most of the things we do have.
Here are five simple things you can do to make your space, your neighborhood, your world a better place.
- Donate used clothing: There are so many places and ways you can donate your used clothing including to a homeless shelter or to an organization that sells them to raise funds.
- Volunteer: Volunteering doesn’t have to consume all of your free time. You can volunteer as few or as many hours as you would like. Find an organization or church group within your community that will allow you to help.
- Spread the word about various causes in your community: If you see an interesting event that a non-profit is hosting, share it on Facebook. There are so many ways you can help an organization with just the click of a mouse.
- Spread kindness: Small acts of kindness can go a long way in making the world a better place. Think about a time when someone did something unexpected for you that brightened your day. Send someone a kind message; give a small gift; tell someone how much he or she means to you. Kindness is contagious.
- Make purchases that support your values: Every purchase you make supports something. You can either support a large business that exploits people, animals, and the environment, or you can buy items that are local, organic, or fair-trade. It’s hard to change this all at once but try changing just a few of your purchases to make them better reflect the things you value.
There are countless other ways you can make the world a better place. Remember to never let anyone, yourself included, discourage you from trying to be a better person.
With wishes for a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year,
Estelia, Julio and Sharon