25 Simple Ways to Make a Difference

Do you think one person can really make a difference in the world? I personally believe so. Here are 25 simple ways you can make a difference to others, yourself and the world...

1 Make a Better World 

When someone informs me that one person can't change the world I always think back to the story of the Hummingbird and the Forest Fire. An extract of the story is below. It only takes one person to inspire others to act. Speak up for what you believe in.

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2 Spread the laughs 

I am not going lie, people can be really shitty at times, but when faced with a situation when someone is talking badly about another behind their back arm yourself with humor or diffuse with a silly story! Life the negative tone to something way more positive.

3 Read and Respond 

What about all those messages you haven't responded to?  Why not take some time out today to reply to them or just send a friend a random message. You never know what a difference that could make to them today.

4 Spend Time in Nature 

Recharge your batteries and take 10 minutes each day for the next 7 days to get out and about. Especially if you work in an office and have been at your desk all day.

5 Help a Homeless Person 

It is sad to see so many people walk by homeless people with no contact whatsoever. Whatever the reason this person is on the streets the simple fact is they are still a person, a son or daughter, maybe even a brother, sister, or a mum or dad of someone. Even if it is just to make eye contact or a smile that recognition could make their day. Okay so it will not solve homelessness, but you may someone who has fallen from society feel connected again.

6 Patient is a Virtue 

"What is that checkout person up to I have been in this queue for half an hour" "I can't believe she is paying in pennies" Take a breath and practice the art of patience. Some people are quick to get annoyed if they have to wait especially if they are super busy. Slow done and be patient because the only person you are hurting is you. Learn to show a little more compassion to yourself and others.

7 Green Fingers 

Why not try a spot of gardening. sow some seeds, nurture them watch them grow and taste the fruits or vegetables they deliver. Something as simple as growing a tomato plant can give a person a great sense of achievement. Plus you are outside (unless you have an indoor plant) getting some fresh air. Bonus.

8 Never Go to Bed Angry. 

This was something often said to me during my teen years. So no matter how annoyed I got at my parents I would always say I love you and 'try' to resolve differences before bed!

9 Make Some Time for Yourself 

It really is important to get some you time. You can't help others if you don't help yourself.

"Your can't pour from an empty bucket" 

10 Recycle and Reuse 

How wasteful are you? Do you recycle? Is there anything you could reuse that you normally throw away? Not only can this save you some money, but you will be helping the planet too!

11 Learn a New Language 

Learning Languages has a lot of health benefits as well as social benefits. Plus when you learn to speak another language it makes you more culturally aware.

12 Set Goals 

If you want to make a difference start setting goals about what you want to achieve. Not huge goals, but little chunks that maybe make up a much bigger goal.

13 Appreciate Friendship 

Do something nice for a friend does not have to be costly. Maybe just chilling out and having an ear to listen and a month to offer encouragement.

14 Random Act of Kindness 

This week do 3 random acts of kindness to some strangers. Could be to 'pay it forward', hold a door for someone or just a kind word. To get some inspiration check out my post 18 random acts of kindness you can do online.

15 Share Your Success 

Often we share our negative experiences, but share some positive experiences and then give credit to those that have helped and supported you. Another idea is to write down 3 positive things each day that has happened to you.

16 Run Some Errands

If you are off to get a sandwich at work ask around to see who else wants a sandwich. If you are off shopping maybe check in with a neighbor to see if they would like something too?

17 Saying Sorry 

Learning to say I am sorry or admitting to your mistakes can be really powerful.

18 Volunteer 

If you have the time to do so volunteer and give back to your local community. Even if is only a couple of hours a week. Find your skills and use them for the greater good.

19 Give to Charity 

Every year I pick a charity close to my heart and raise some money for them. Over the years I have done many things from cutting off all my hair and giving it to a charity that makes wigs, to baking cakes and living off an as little as £1 a day for food. What would you do for charity? It does not have to be a marathon. Even donating a bag of clothing to a charity shop counts or donating to a local food bank.

20 Who Made a Difference to you? 

Has someone made a difference to you in your life? If so why not drop them an email, message. text or letter to let them know. It could be a teacher, friend or even a stranger. If you are unable to thank that person why not pass that insight they gave you on to another?

21 Be Optimistic 

There is lots of evidence that show that people who are more optimistic tend to be healthier and more successful.

"A negative mind will never give you a positive life"

22 Car Driving 

Why not take a break and bike it to work, school, college or university. Maybe even walk for a week? Not only will you improve your fitness, but you once again will be helping the planet too.  If you have to drive then make an extra effort to 'keep your cool' on the roads and be more courteous. Try smiling when driving and you may be surprised how more people seem to let you out. Try to use humor instead of anger.

23 Eat Fresh 

How much fruit and veg are you really eating? Try to take small steps each day to improve your diet. For more information on healthy eating and improving your wellness check out 'Positive Health Wellness'

24 Quality of Life 

What small change could you do today that will improve your quality of life or that for another? It could be to change a lightbulb for an elderly relative or neighbor. Do one thing today that will make a difference to you or another.

25 Take a Break from Social Media or the Television 

If you really want to make a difference then share this article, then turn off your digital devices and get out in the real world and make a difference.

What difference would you like to make to yourself, others or the world? What impact do you currently have?

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25 Powerful Quotes to Inspire Positivity

© Will van Wingerden

You may have come across the quote "The pen is mightier than the sword" - Edward Bulwer-Lytton. The power of words is the very thing that could lift that sword or inspire peace! Here are 25 of the most powerful quotes that will help inspire positivity and motivation

1 "Positive anything is better than negative nothing." - Elbert Hubbard

 

2 "When life gives you curdled milk, be patient. You get very good cheese!" - Braum

 

3 "You cannot have a positive life and a negative mind." - Joyce Meyer

 

4 "Do the difficult things while they are easy and do the great things while they are small. A journey of a thousand miles must begin with a single step." – Lao Tzu

 

5 "Everybody is a genius. But if you judge a fish by its ability to climb a tree, it will live its whole life believing that it is stupid." ― Albert Einstein

 

6 "Of all sad words of mouth or pen, the saddest are these: it might have been." — John Greenleaf Whittier

 

7 "As human beings, our greatness lies not so much in being able to remake the world – that is the myth of the atomic age – as in being able to remake ourselves." ―Mahatma Gandhi

 

8 "Even heaviest door can be opened." - Braum

 

9 "I fear not the man who has practised 10,000 kicks, but I do fear the man who has practised one kick 10,000 times." Bruce Lee

 

10 "It is no measure of health to be well adjusted to a profoundly sick society." — Jiddu Krisnamurti

 

11 "To love is to recognise yourself in another." – Eckhart Tolle

 

12 "And when you gaze long enough into the abyss, the abyss will gaze back into you." — Friedrich Nietzsche

 

13 "Don’t let schooling interfere with your education"-Mark Twain

 

14 "A man may die, nations may rise and fall, but an idea lives on." — John F. Kennedy

 

15 "Every man dies, but not every man truly lives."— William Wallace

 

16 "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle." — Plato

 

17 "Great spirits have often encountered violent opposition from mediocre minds." — Albert Einstein

 

18 "Some cause happiness wherever they go, others whenever they go." ― Oscar Wilde

 

19 "Have I not destroyed my enemy when I have made him into my friend?" — Abraham Lincoln

 

20 "Only when the last tree has died and the last river has been poisoned and the last fish been caught will we realise we cannot eat money." — Indian Proverb

 

21 "And forget not that the earth delights to feel your bare feet and the winds long to play with your hair." –Kahlil Gibran

 

22 "Try as much as possible to be wholly alive, with all your might, and when you laugh, laugh like hell and when you get angry, get good and angry. Try to be alive. You will be dead soon enough." – William Saroyan

 

23 "When I was 5 years old, my mother always told me that happiness was the key to life. When I went to school, they asked me what I wanted to be when I grew up. I wrote down ‘happy’. They told me I didn’t understand the assignment, and I told them they didn’t understand life." ― John Lennon

 

24 "You never fail until you give up trying." - Albert Einstein

 

25 "Man sacrifices his health in order to make money. Then he sacrifices money to recuperate his health. And then he is so anxious about the future that he does not enjoy the present; the result being that he does not live in the present or the future; he lives as if he is never going to die, and then dies having never really lived.” - Dalai Llama

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