How to Change the World

War. Nuclear threats. Corrupt politicians. Misogyny. Shootings. Terrorist groups. Tomatoes. The world is full of a lot of shittiness. I don’t know about you, but it seems nearly impossible not to be reminded of the horrible things that make up this world. Hardly a day goes by that I don’t hear someone say something regarding the “terrible” or “cruel” world we live in. And maybe they’re right. Maybe everything sucks and we’re obligated to sit here and accept the suckiness of, well, life. But then again, maybe not. Here are some things you can do to make the world a little less sucky:

  1. Eat a snack, save a life. Each time you buy something from This Bar Saves Life, a meal is donated to a starving child in need. Check out their website and hear their story here.
  2. Give a snack to the homeless. There is a lot of resentment towards the homeless because people think they’re scamming you for money, they’re just trying to buy drugs, or they’re lazy. I’m sure there are people out there who are like that, but there are also good people who are suffering for no fault of their own. One kind deed can go a long way and no harm can come from offering someone some food.
  3. Stop eating so much meat! You don’t have to become a full-fledged vegetarian, but the amount of meat consumption, especially in the U.S., is not good for you or the environment. There is so much demand for meat that animals are being packed in factories like sardines and being treated poorly. Also, there are more emissions let off by the places that process these meats than all transportation combined. Extensive amounts of meat is also hard on your heart, so cutting back could benefit you in the long run!
  4. Pay it forward. Next time you find yourself in the drive through buying a BigMac or a drink from Starbucks, pay for the person behind you. Not only will you make their day, but you could also start a chain of kindness.
  5. Donate your old bike here! This company gives old bikes to low-income people in developing countries so they can have a way to get from place-to-place!
  6. Donate blood! It’s free, easy, and almost anybody can do it. Your blood could save up to three lives and your blood cells will regenerate so within a day it’ll be like nothing changed! It also gives you a reason to eat cookies because you need sugar after donating!
  7. Pick up trash! Come on people, this ones easy.
  8. De-clutter. Chances are you don’t use or need a lot of what’s in your house. Go through your belongings and set aside the things that aren’t useful to you. Research some places you can donate your items such as the Help Kenya Project or Clothes4Souls.
  9. Volunteer! Whether it’s working at a nearby food shelter or traveling abroad to take part in a “Volunteer Vacation,” get out there and help!
  10. SMILE. You never know who needs it, and emotions are contagious so make sure yours is a good one.

“I am only one,
But still I am one.
I cannot do everything,
But still I can do something;
And because I cannot do everything,
I will not refuse to do the something that I can do.”

 From The Book of Good Cheer : A Little Bundle of Cheery Thoughts (1909) by Edwin Osgood Grover

it’s a good day for a good day, and an even better day to change the world.

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