It’s time for a mid-year shake up!
We have been through a lot in the past year, both individually and collectively, and many of us have been forced to take a good hard look at the world around us.
One thing we have realised is that the world needs a little more love and kindness, and what better way to bring more of that into the world than with a list of things you can do right now to make the world a better place not just for yourself, but for every living thing we share this beautiful earth with.
1. Say thank you.
The simple act of saying thank you can go so far. Sometimes, it can be easy to feel unappreciated at home or work which can really put a dampener on our mood. Simply thanking someone for something good they have done will go a long way in making them feel appreciated and valued, the same way you feel warm and fuzzy when someone expresses gratitude to you.
So, if someone lets you go in front of them in traffic, holds a door open for you, picks up something you dropped or makes a nice comment on your outfit, thank them.
2. Pick up litter.
If you’re out enjoying a stroll along the beach or sitting down in the park and see a piece of litter, pick it up and pop it in the nearest bin. It takes barely any time to show our environment some love, and the animals will thank you for it. Better yet, those who observe your actions might be inspired to do the same thing.
3. Ask how their day is.
Next time you’re at the checkout, getting on a bus or talking to a colleague, ask how their day is. Not only will this show you care about the other person and how their day might be going, it will also give you a chance to connect with others on a deeper level than you might not have otherwise.
When we’re speaking, it feels fantastic when the person we’re speaking to is giving us their undivided attention. When someone is speaking, make an effort to actively listen to what they’re saying, instead of listening just to come up with a response.
You will not only learn more about other people, but you will also develop listening skills that can be beneficial both in your personal relationships as well as in the workplace.
5. Put the phone down.
So much of the world passes by unnoticed when our eyes are on our phones.
Next time you’re walking in the park or taking the train to work, unplug and really watch the world around you.
Life is made up of little moments, and you will see a lot of these tiny fragments of life by simply observing your surroundings. As an added bonus, this kind of mindful observation can also reduce stress levels.
6. Be patient.
You know how stressful it can feel when an impatient person is trying to hurry you up.
Showing patience is a sign of respect. If the barista at your cafe is clearly under the pump, don’t make it worse by tutting and obviously checking your watch. You wouldn’t like it if people were impatient with you, especially if you are unable to help it, so try to walk through life being a little more patient of others.
7. Don’t gossip.
Nothing good can come from gossip. Next time someone tries to rope you in to the latest piece of gossip, politely say you don’t want to hear it.
After all, it doesn’t feel good to be talked about behind your back, so don’t feed into something that will make someone else feel horrible.
Not only that, but gossip can also get you into big trouble in your work and personal relationships. Just don’t do it.
8. Cut down on plastic use.
We’ve all seen the heartbreaking images of turtles ingesting plastic bags and sea birds becoming entangled in litter.
Reducing your plastic use will save your wallet as well as the environment. Invest in a beautiful metal water bottle and a gorgeous reusable bag and save the planet in style.
You might consider donating your time or skills to a cause you feel passionate about, or perhaps even volunteer to walk an elderly neighbour’s dog or pick up some bread and mild for them from the shops.
This will not only benefit the people you’re helping, but it will also help you connect with others, as well as make someones day just that little bit brighter.
10. Clear it out.
Clutter gets in your way and can increase feelings of stress and irritability.
Rid your home of clutter by donating items you no longer need to charity. Someone will be absolutely delighted with the goods you’re donating, and you’ll have more space in your home for the things that make you happy.
11. Let it go.
Whether it’s a toxic friendship, social media or junk food, if something is making you feel awful, it’s time to say goodbye!
Flowers can’t grow in toxic soil, just as you cannot reach your full potential surrounded by things that bring you down. Be brave and say goodbye to things that no longer serve you.
12. Share the positivity.
Thing about the things that make you smile and share them with the world. Positivity is infectious, and people will probably be inspired to read the book you love or watch that movie that made you laugh.
There is enough negativity going around so why not talk about the things that make your heart dance.
Imagine how amazing the world would be if everyone did one selfless deed every single day.
These 12 things are easily implemented int our daily lives, so why wouldn’t we want to do things to improve the world not just for ourselves, but for every living thing on this planet.