Most people want to have a positive impact on the world. To leave it a little better than you found it. Yet this can seem like such an impossible task. When faced with the enormity of issues such as war and climate change, how can one person make any kind of difference?
This post will show you how. Instead of focusing on the big problems, focus on how you can change an individual’s life for the better. It’s easier than you might think! Here are four ideas to get you started.
1. Volunteer with a charity
There are countless charities and non-profit organisations out there in need of volunteers, with all sorts of jobs available to suit your personality, passions and abilities. For instance, you could teach English to refugees and help them build a new, safer, life. You could tutor disadvantaged children and help them access better opportunities and build a brighter future.
You could chat with a lonely elderly person on the phone or help them with daily tasks. You could give blood or answer calls on a suicide hotline and literally save a stranger’s life. The possibilities are endless! Have a quick online search to find out what’s available in your area to kick the process off.
2. Foster a child
Fostering a child involves welcoming a vulnerable young person into your home when they have nowhere else to go. It can be on either a short-term or long-term basis, for example, if their parents are in an accident or they are suffering abuse. Your kindness provides these kids with the support, stability, life skills, and opportunities they need to grow up into healthy and successful adults. If you’re interested, contact a trusted agency such as Fosterplus to find out more and start your application. It’s sure to be one of the most rewarding actions you take in life.
3. Help an individual in need
Perhaps you know someone who is going through a difficult time. They might find it hard to ask for help, but that doesn’t mean that they don’t need it. If you can be there for them to listen in a non-judgemental way or offer specific help with their problem, don’t hesitate. You never know the impact it could have. The same goes for strangers – if you see someone who needs a hand, even with something simple like carrying the shopping to their car, be the one to offer it. It’s guaranteed to brighten their day.
4. Support someone to achieve their dreams
Lots of people have dreams they are striving for but haven’t yet achieved. If you can help them to get even one step closer to their goal, it could be the difference between success and failure – transforming their lives in all kinds of ways.
So whether it’s offering a vote of confidence that they can make it, leaving a positive review for their new business, connecting them with someone who can assist them, forwarding an article you think might be useful for them, or recommending their services to all your friends, any little action could start a landslide of positivity.
Feeling inspired yet?