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10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact Today

by Olivia L. Dobbs 2 months ago in humanity
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Ideas to Start on a Journey of Radical Kindness

10 Ways to Make a Positive Impact Today
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It’s been a difficult couple of years for most people. Regardless of location, political preference, or economic status, almost everyone’s been feeling the effects of these hard times. Now more than ever, we should be doing all that we can to help our communities. Even if you don’t have the ability to make huge changes, any bit you can muster can set the ball rolling towards a more kind and positive society. With just a pinch of a radical thing called kindness, you can make your society a better place to live in.

Plus, doing good has a ton of benefits! It will make you feel better about yourself, your troubles, and even give you more pride in your community.

Not sure where to start? Here are 10 quick and simple ideas to get you started on your journey of radical kindness.

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Go on a Clean-Up Walk

If you’re seeking something tactile, grab a bag and lace your walking shoes. A quick and wonderful way to make a difference is to start with your own neighborhood. Take a quick walk around the block (or farther if you’re feeling ambitious), and grab all the bits of litter you can find. Even a five or ten-minute walk can make a huge dent in the amount of trash in an area.

While you’re exploring, you might even come across ideas for grander projects or inspire other neighbors to join in. Either way, you’re still making the world a little brighter and your neighborhood a nicer place to be.

Pay It Forward

Find yourself in a drive-through? If you have the funds, paying them forward can make a huge impact. Plus, it often chains where many people follow in suit, so it’s an excellent way to multiply your impact!

Give Away Something of Yours for Free

You know that item you’ve been wanting to get rid of? Instead of holding onto it or just tossing it out, ask around if any of your friends want it. If that doesn’t work, try listing it for free on local resale apps websites like OfferUp, Facebook Marketplace, etc. By gifting away an item you no longer care for, it’ll get a lot more use out of it. Instead of collecting dust, the item will be cherished by another person out there!

Send a letter to a relative

When was the last time you sat down and wrote a letter? Though the method is certainly not the most efficient, writing just one letter to a relative, especially one born before the invention of emails, texts, and phone calls, can be an excellent way to make them feel loved.

Compliment someone

When all else fails, kind words are a great way to make the world a little cheerier. See a bag you like? Like the way that a coworker worded something in that meeting? Let them know! Going out of the way to say the simplest compliment can have someone beaming with joy for the rest of their day.

Donate $5 to a charity or GoFundMe

For the price of a candy bar, you can help an individual or organization reach their goal. If you’re looking to help work towards a better world, helping to fund an initiative that already has a plan and resources can make a huge difference. If there’s no social cause that you’re particularly interested in, or just prefer helping out one person at a time, hop on GoFundMe for a bit and add $5 to a cause that you care about.

Learn About a Social Issue or New Culture

A great way to start spreading positivity is to first focus on learning empathy. Taking just 5 or ten minutes to watch a video or read an article about a cause or culture can inspire a wide variety of positive actions.

Sign Petitions you Care About

If you only have a minute or two today, head on over to Change.org. The website, which houses a collection of user-made petitions, lets you sign your name on local, state, and national initiatives, ranging from political to personal. By signing these petitions, you can help support causes you care about and help make a positive change in people’s lives.

Plant a Tree for $1

Did you know that you can plant a tree almost anywhere in the world for as little as a dollar? At One Tree Planted, all it takes to make a difference is a few clicks. The company uses funds to plant native trees all over the world to help combat deforestation. Plus, since you can choose where it goes, you can plant trees in your favorite country or state!

Seize an Opportunity

If all else fails, keep an eye out for possibility. Help someone carry their groceries, hold open a door, or offer up a snack to someone in need. Keep your eyes peeled for ways to help the people around you, and you’ll be surprised by how many moments you’ll have a chance to make someone’s day a little nicer.

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In times like these, we all need a little kindness. How will you make your community a better place?

Have more ideas for good deeds? I’d love to hear them! :) Comment your good deeds below this article.

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About the author

Olivia L. Dobbs

Science Enthusiast, Naturalist, Dreamer.

Check out my science! -> bit.ly/DobbsEtAl

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