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Ten Ways To Make The World A Better Place.

Becoming The Change We Want To See.

By Cathy (Christine Acheini) Ben-Ameh Published 3 years ago 6 min read

We often complain about the shortcomings in our immediate environments and sometimes even want to leave for somewhere better than where we already find ourselves but, one thing I have come to learn is that the grass usually isn't greener on the other side.

It is easy to join the large masses of those being led to criticize leadership when in fact, it takes a collective effort of every single individual on planet earth to make it a much better place.

I imagine that if we all treated our world like the houses we lived in we would care for it more and consequently it might become a much better haven however, I also find myself realizing that maybe not everyone likes to take good care of their house and living spaces.

Our individual differences at play reveals the possible reasons why making the world a better place could remain a conversation we all will have for a very long time.

So, for those who care I believe that the following little habits if imbibed by all of us at our various locations could somehow help to cushion the daily destruction our world faces;

1. Don't litter

Littering is defined as the depositing of unwanted items usually on public property without the permission to do so, often leading to a health or environmental concern. Litter is the noun used to describe said items once they are in such an undesirable location. The main impacts of littering include, physical harm to wildlife as a result of transport of ‘alien’ species, toxic chemicals into soil and water as a result of breakdown of micro plastics especially in water bodies and general discomfort that makes it difficult to enjoy our communal spaces.

Littering shows a lack of empathy and callousness towards not just others, our environment but ourselves.

2. Don't spread false information

Fake news and other types of false information can take on different faces. They can also have major impacts, because information shapes our world view: we make important decisions based on information.

Fake news, misleading memes, and conspiracy theories on social media has grown even more rampant in the last few years. Is there any way to stop people from spreading misinformation? We all think we are careful critical thinkers. Everyone believes that other people are vulnerable to fake news. We are confident that we wouldn’t do this. Unfortunately, none of us are immune to this virus. We can all spread misinformation.

The consequences of misinformation cannot be overstated as lives can be ruined or even lost for it.

3. Learn to say 'Thank You'

'Thank You' Is the simplest form of expressing gratitude and the attitude of gratitude is what keeps one happy, and the more more happy people there are in the world, the happier a place it will be.

4. Learn to say 'I am sorry'

Learning how to say sorry genuinely can make a tremendous difference in your relationships and well-being. Saying sorry increases one's self awareness and makes us more attuned to others because we learn how other people feel and how not to hurt them. Many conflicts have been avoided because someone or group of people where responsible enough to apologize for the wrong they did.

5. Learn to say 'Please'

At the most basic level, when we use the word 'please', it shows respect and consideration for the effort another person puts forth to help us. Including please with your request is not only a social norm but, if communicated with a genuine sense of appreciation, it’s a powerful way to establish rapport, build relationships, and develop your own character.

When we say please, people are more willing to fulfill our request or provide the help we need. As the adage goes, “You have to give respect to get respect.” When you are polite and say please, people are more likely to respect you in return. And, without a doubt, your consistent use of please (with everyone, all the time) is a little thing that will most definitely help you stand out in a crowd of busy people who are mindful only of their own time schedules and to-do lists.

6. Don't make assumptions

This is a key point in Don Miguel Ruiz's "The Four Agreements to a Better Life".

Assumptions are nothing more than lies that we are telling ourselves. This creates a big drama for nothing, because we don’t really know if something is true or not.

If we don’t make assumptions, we can focus our attention on the truth, not on what we think is the truth. Then we see life the way it is, not the way we want to see it. When we don’t believe our own assumptions, the power of our belief that we invested in them returns to us. And when we recover all the energy that we invested in making assumptions, we can use that energy to create a new dream: our personal heaven. Don’t make assumptions.

7. In order to get free stuff, give free stuff.

A study by a University of Oregon professor and his colleagues demonstrates that charitable contributions create a response in the brain that mimics one activated by drugs and other stimuli. This response elicits a surge of dopamine and endorphins that are experienced as “hedonic” and rewarding. Charitable giving can feel pleasurable in the deepest parts of your physiology – more so than a night on the town or a new outfit.

Instead of throwing away used clothes and shoes, giving them to those in need is a great way to not only save the environment as you declutter but to cultivate new friendships and make life easier for others.

And as most of us know, what goes around comes around.

8. Learn empathy.

Empathy is the ability to emotionally understand what other people feel, see things from their point of view, and imagine yourself in their place. Essentially, it is putting yourself in someone else's position and feeling what they must be feeling.

There are a number of benefits of being able to experience empathy:

Empathy allows people to build social connections with others. By understanding what people are thinking and feeling, people are able to respond appropriately in social situations. Research has shown that having social connections is important for both physical and psychological well-being.

Empathizing with others helps you learn to regulate your own emotions. Emotional regulation is important in that it allows you to manage what you are feeling, even in times of great stress, without becoming overwhelmed.

Empathy promotes helping behaviors. Not only are you more likely to engage in helpful behaviors when you feel empathy for other people, but other people are also more likely to help you when they experience empathy.

9. Listen.

When you listen well to others, you reveal yourself as being curious and interested in people and events. In addition, your ability to understand the meanings of what you hear will make you a more knowledgeable and thoughtful person.Listening is often something we take for granted. It is common that people often hear what is being said but hearing is a lot different to listening. To listen, we need to make a conscious effort not to just hear what people are saying but to take it in, digest it and understand.

Not only does listening enhance your ability to understand better and make you a better communicator, it also makes the experience of speaking to you more enjoyable to other people.

Imagine a world were we all enjoy listening and talking to one another.

10. Remember your history.

“Those who cannot remember the past are condemned to repeat it.” George Santayana

Memory is the foundation of culture and identity, and our enhanced capacity for memory is what separates us from all other living creatures. Identity is rooted in knowing and remembering our origin and history, whether it be that of an individual, a family, an institution, a country, or even a religion.

Much has been written about the importance of remembering the lessons of history. Surely we should be able to recall the mistakes that led us to fascism, or to many of the other deplorable actions of our collective and individual pasts, so that we can use the past to avoid repeating previous errors in politics, social policy, and health care.

These are the few ways we each can by being better versions of ourselves, make our world a better place.


About the Creator

Cathy (Christine Acheini) Ben-Ameh


Cathy Ben-Ameh has published two books; "The Impact of Music Streaming on The Music Industry: Case study-Spotify" and "'13- A Chapbook of 13 Short Poems".

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