50 Ways To Make The World A Better Place

There’s no doubt about it – life is hard.  From job losses to break ups and illnesses to death, there are times in our lives where it can be extremely difficult to stay positive and appreciate the benefits that life brings. And with our TVs and newspapers often filled with sad stories, it can sometimes feel as though the world is a bad place.

Well, we’ll let you in on a secret…the world is, in fact, a fantastic and magical place filled with joy and kindness. The problem is, when we face a period of grief or pain we often forget all the great things that came before and all of the lovely people that surround us. We forget that without sadness, there is no happiness. We forget that although bad things happen, people are generally good and kind.

Whether you’re going through a difficult time in your life or you’re struggling to see the good in people, it can sometimes help to make an effort to be more kind yourself. By striving to make things better, you’re likely to meet new people, make new friends, open up new opportunities and remind yourself how wonderful the world is.

If you like the idea of making the world a better place, here are 50 ways you can do just that. Have we missed anything? Let us know on Facebook or Twitter.

  1. Once you’ve finished a good book, pass it onto a friend
  2. Buy something from a charity shop
  3. Donate old clothing
  4. Volunteer to help a worthy cause
  5. Do something kind for an elderly neighbour
  6. Offer to pay for a stranger’s coffee in the queue
  7. Apologise when you hurt a person’s feelings
  8. Learn from your mistakes
  9. Plant a tree
  10. Respect your elders
  11. Invite your neighbours to your house for a party
  12. Exercise outdoors
  13. Pay someone a compliment
  14. Buy a sandwich or a drink for a homeless person
  15. Forgive someone who has wronged you
  16. Stand up for issues you believe in
  17. Help those less fortunate than yourself
  18. Meditate
  19. Take sweets or a packet of biscuits to work to share with your colleagues
  20. Encourage others to reach for their goals
  21. Give blood
  22. Make new friends by joining an exercise class or club
  23. Be nice to shop workers
  24. Learn about politics
  25. Vote. Your opinion counts
  26. Offer to care for a friend’s pet when they’re on holiday
  27. Make fun plans – and stick to them
  28. Register as an organ donor
  29. Say thank you
  30. Hold the door open for people
  31. Tip your waiter or waitress
  32. If someone looks lost, offer to help them
  33. Sign petitions
  34. Share your favourite film with a friend – push the DVD through their letterbox as a surprise
  35. Water a friend’s plants when they’re away
  36. If possible, walk to your destination instead of driving
  37. Call an old friend you haven’t spoken to in a long time
  38. Focus on the positive things in life instead of dwelling on the negative
  39. Don’t spend too much time on social media
  40. Embrace spirituality
  41. Donate your old magazines to your local doctor’s surgery
  42. Write a thank you note
  43. Visit your local museums and art galleries
  44. Go ‘meat free’ one day a week
  45. Make other people laugh
  46. Appreciate your local busker
  47. Smile at strangers
  48. Write a list of all the things you love about life
  49. Put your phone away when spending time with your family and friends
  50. Say ‘I love you’ often

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