Have you ever wondered whether the world – our world – can get any better, considering all the vices going on? Do you feel that there is something that you can do to make the world better than it presently is, but don’t know where to start?
If you answered in the affirmative to any of the above questions, or you can relate clearly with any of them, then, this report is for you.
The fact is that there are many ways that you can contribute to the improvement of life on earth. And one great thing about this is that you do not necessarily need to spend a lot of money; you can give your time and talent to make the world better.
Below are 30 simple ways that you can try to make the world better to live in:
- Volunteer for a cause
You can volunteer for different causes, including helping to take care of old people, look after an animal, babysitting, and so on. Volunteering is a simple way of being altruistic, as well as showing your concern for the betterment of the world.
- Take care of yourself
While the focus of impacting positive change in the world is not for selfish reasons, you need to first learn how to improve yourself. There is a saying that, “you cannot give what you don’t have”. Thus, if you really want to make the world a better place for everyone, you need to start with yourself. You can start by learning how to be patient with yourself, and how to love yourself.
- Treat people the way you want people to treat you
Many religions teach it, but only few people ever act on it. If you want to live in a better world, then, you also need to make the world better for others. The truth about this point is that if everybody should take heed to it, then, there will be no need to write this in the first place. Learn how to treat others in the way you desire others to treat you, for in doing so you are making life bearable for everyone.
- Avoid gender inequity
The world is gradually moving away from the era where women are considered as subordinates to men. This issue of gender inequity is so glaring that you don’t need any statistic to prove to you. Investing in women and girls by giving them education is one way of promoting equity and making the world better.
- Recycle your used plastics
- Assist somebody needing help
You can make the world less burdensome for others by giving a helping hand when needed. If you really care about others and you want to play a part in making the world a better place to live, then, you wouldn’t hesitate in assisting others. It doesn’t matter how big or small the help you are rendering is, all that counts is the fact that you are helping someone.
- Stop complaining
Complaining never solves anything. Rather, complaining can make people see you as a bad friend, as you give out negative energy when you do so. So, instead of spending your time complaining, try putting in the effort into something else worthwhile.
- Appreciate the people in your life
Life is meaningless without people. Your family and friends are part of what makes you human. You will meet different kinds of people through your lifetime, with some hurting you and others helping you. Therefore, try to show gratitude to the people in your life – those who have had a great impact on your life. For this, make sure that you let the people in your life know how you feel about them – verbalize your appreciation.
- Cast your vote during elections
If you are eligible to vote, then, by all means please cast your vote. You may think that your single vote does not count, but it does. This is because the power of the collective is in the collection of the individuals.
- Turn off your utilities when not in use
We are gradually depleting many of the natural resources that we have in order to provide for our energy needs. You can do the world a lot of good by turning off your utilities when not in use. When you are about to leave your house, make sure to turn off the electrical devices, the water, and other appliances to conserve energy. This should also be done when you want to go to bed at night.
As simple as it sounds, smiling can do the world a lot of good. Because it is contagious, smiling is a simple and effective way of diffusing positivity. According to various studies, smiling has been proven to be effective tool in dealing with stress and anxiety, as well as in protecting the body from disease. The best part about smiling is that it actually costs nothing. So, smile moreJ.
- Accept differences in people
The world is an aggregation of people of different cultures, religion, races, and backgrounds. Learning how to be tolerant about people is a virtue which many people lack. If you are really serious about making the world a better place to live, then, you need to start accepting people for who they are, regardless of their differences.
- Be a philanthropist
As far I know, donating to charity has never made anyone poor. Instead, those who are generous enough to share their wealth with others only get wealthier. There are many people in the world who are not able to enjoy the necessities of life like food and shelter. So, if you are capable of helping, even if it is only one person, don’t hold back.
- Donate an organ
While this may not be an easy decision for most people, you can actually do the world some good by donating an organ. It is estimated that nearly 20 Americans die daily due to a lack of organ donors. Giving an organ to someone, who may be a relative or a total stranger, is a great way of making life better for that person – you are giving the person another chance at life.
- Plant a tree
- Drive less
Instead of driving your own car, you can choose to go with public transport so as to reduce the amount of emissions. You can also invest in an electric vehicle like a bike to preserve our world.
- Share a meal
In case you don’t know, more than half of the people on earth are unable to afford a three-square meal. So, if you have more than enough food to spare, look for someone who needs it. It is better to feed somebody than to throw excess food away.
- Teach someone something
This is another way of volunteering. Mentoring someone or teaching somebody how to do something that you are good at is a simple way of making life less unbearable for people. Just imagine when you finish teaching one person and the person goes on to teach another, and the chain continues like that.
- Give unwanted things away
Sometimes we have more than what we actually need. You may have hundreds of unused clothes or dozens of pairs of shoes in your closet, whereas someone, somewhere, does not even have a good shirt or flip-flops. Therefore, if you observe that you have more than necessary, give the extra away.
- Connect people of similar interests
You can link up people who share similar ideas or interests together. This is a simple act that connect great minds together, which you cannot tell the result.
- Reduce waste and don’t litter
In making the world a better place to live, the environment is very important. You cannot say that you want to make the world better when you continue to abuse or litter the environment. Try to reduce your waste products as much as you can, and ensure that you do not litter your yard.
- Pick up litter
Following from the previous point, pick up any trash lying around you to improve living. Letting trash to accumulate can be a menace to the environment.
- Be a good example to others
What good would it be to advise others to make the world better when you have not done anything positive yourself? Making the world is a collaborative effort that involves everyone. So, ensure that you are doing what you are preaching; else, no one will take you serious.
- Use less paper
Did you know that papers are made from trees? This means that for every paper that is produced, there is a tree that was cut down. Thanks to the advancements in technology there are many things that have substituted the use of paper. For instance, instead of writing a letter on paper, you can send an email or SMS. Instead of buying a paperback book, you can go for the electronic book version.
- Give a loan to a small business
There are so many people with ideas for a business, but unfortunately they do not have the required capital. You can help someone by loaning them some money. This way you get your money back (at a later time) and you help the person achieve his/her dream.
- Buy fair-trade goods
Fair-trade goods are goods that have been produced under ethical working conditions. Buying fair-trade goods help to give producers a reasonable compensation for their goods.
- Show kindness to pets or adopt a rescue animal
You can also help to make life better for animals by treating them properly. And if you want to get a pet, you should consider adopting one from a rescue agency.
- Reduce your screen time
Spending so much time in front of the TV, smartphone, or computer has been attributed with a decline in socialization. Instead of spending such time on your gadgets, spend them with friends and family.
- Be a vegetarian
You can save the world a lot by giving up on meat for some time. It is reported that emissions from meat of livestock are more than that of transportation.
- Compliment someone
Always try to compliment someone – whether a friend or not – when they have done something commendable. Doing so gives the person confidence in what they have done, and also helps to endear you to them.