15 Little Things Anyone Can Do To Make The World A Better Place
Changing the world may seem like a daunting task, but there are small, yet significant things you can do every day that can and will make the world a better place. Whether it's volunteering, holding the door open for a stranger, or simply leaving an unexpected tip for a server, here are 15 ways you can help make the world a better place.
Pick Up Trash When You See It
If you see a piece of trash on the ground, whether it's on the street, at your place of work, or even at the gas station, pick it up and toss it in the garbage! Nobody has ever complained about a place — especially an outdoor area — for being "too clean."
Bake Your Landlord Some Treats
"I don't like fresh-baked cookies," said no one, ever. Whip up some extra homemade goodies for your landlord next time you're baking. They'll appreciate your kind effort, and it's an easy way to thank them for taking care of all the minor (or major) problems in your apartment.
Run Errands With An Elderly Neighbor (Or Grandparent)
Elderly people can get quite lonely. Offer to help your grandparent or neighbor with their errands or chores around the house. They'll appreciate both the company and the help, and you'll get to spend time with someone who you otherwise might not have.
Throw Out Compliments Like You're Oprah Giving Away Free Things
You get a compliment! You get a compliment! Everyone gets compliments! It costs nothing to compliment someone, whether it's a cute sweater they're wearing or the fact that they have a beautiful smile. It takes 3 seconds and is another easy way to brighten up someone's day.
Throw A Few Coins In An Expiring Parking Meter
If you have a few extra coins in your wallet or at the bottom of your purse, throw a few quarters in an expiring parking meter. You'll hardly miss the 50 cents, but you'll possibly save someone from a pricey ticket.
Invite A Friend Over For Dinner
Sometimes, a good old-fashioned, home-cooked meal is just what the doctor ordered. Next time you're making dinner, invite a friend, coworker, or neighbor over to join you.
Ride Your Bike
Swap your car or other modes of transportation for two wheels! Instead of driving to the store on the weekends for a few extra grocery items or driving to get brunch with friends, ride your bike. You'll emit less pollution, get a good workout in, and enjoy the great outdoors.
We're not talking about donating thousands and thousands of dollars here; although, if you can swing some extra bucks, why not give to a charity close to your heart?. Another option is cleaning out your closet, garage, kitchen, etc and donating gently used items to Goodwill, the Salvation Army, or any other secondhand store. You'll declutter your space, help people in need, and your donations most definitely will not go to waste.
Buy A Stranger's Coffee
With more and more coffee shops (we're lookin' at you, Starbucks) opening drive-thrus, paying for a coffee for the stranger in the car behind you has never been easier. Most of the time when this happens, the person who you paid for pays for the person behind them, and a chain reaction starts. Pay it forward, folks!
Plant A Garden
Any garden, at that! If you're strapped for space, a cute windowsill herb garden does the trick. If you have a patio, front yard, or backyard, consider planting herbs, small vegetables, or even succulents and seasonal flowers. It'll brighten up your space, purify the air, and hey, what's more fun than cooking dinner with vegetables YOU grew from YOUR garden?
Hold The Door Open For A Stranger
Holding the door open for a stranger takes 5 seconds, max. When was the last time someone held the door open for you and you were mad about it? It's a small action that can have a big impact.
There are tons of volunteer opportunities in every city. Sites like Volunteers of America let you search for organizations and opportunities close to your heart and most of these organizations need all the help they can get. Also, remember that these organizations need help year-round, not just during the holiday season!
Ask Someone How Their Day Is Going
Whether it's your neighbor, someone in line behind you at the market or a stranger standing next to you to at the crosswalk, asking someone how their day is going or how they're doing is not only polite, it can completely make a person's day.
Leave An Unexpected Tip For A Server
The service industry is tough, and oftentimes, servers survive mostly on their tips, not their hourly wages. Next time you're in a restaurant and you can swing it, leave a hefty tip on your bill. Even if your meal is only $10, leaving at least a 50% tip will make your server's day.
Just Be Nice
You never know what someone is going through, so when in doubt, just be nice. To your employees, your family, your friends, a stranger, the barista at your local coffee shop; it doesn't matter who it is. It costs nothing but can mean everything to someone who's struggling.
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