As we approach the end of another year, it’s important to look back on the events and achievements of the past year. From personal successes to opportunities for growth and development, every year contains a multitude of memories to look back on fondly. However, soon we will be entering a new year, and with a new year comes a fresh slate, ready for us to start again and work towards making 2018 as good as it can possibly be.
But it’s not just personal goals and targets that we should be working towards – instead, we should try to make a real change and do what we can to help the world become a better place. Of course, changing the world doesn’t happen overnight, which is why it is more important than ever to find some small way in which you can really help to make a difference.
To give you some inspiration and help you get started, here are five easy ways in which you can commit to making the world a better place.
Especially at this time of year, when the days are getting shorter and the nights longer, with plummeting temperatures and bitter, icy winds, it can be hard to stay upbeat and maintain a positive attitude. However, staying positive is a great way to brighten not just your own day but the day of others around you. Whether it is friends, family, colleagues or just a stranger on the street, something as simple as a smile and a kind greeting can create a knock-on effect that will stay with them for the rest of the day.
Charitable giving and paying it forward is a great way to share your own good fortune with others. Whether it is giving your spare change to a homeless person close to home or sending aid to those in need further afield, every little act of kindness can provide hope to a vulnerable person.
If you are in a position to be able to donate, helping to provide a brighter future for orphans and children in need can be a great way to do some good in the world. For more information about charity donations for orphans, visit here: https://www.hrf.org.uk/orphans-and-families/
Caring for Wildlife
It’s not just our fellow humans who are deserving of our kindness and compassion – we also share the planet with many different creatures and animals. In addition, many of these animals can benefit from our assistance, especially in urbanised areas or where species are at risk from various threats. From planting flowers which are insect-friendly to leaving out birdseed, there are plenty of small ways in which you can provide a helping hand to the wildlife on your doorstep.
Help the Environment
Similarly, with the world become increasingly urbanised and the natural world being covered over with concrete, it is vital that we do what we can to protect the environment and safeguard the planet for future generations to enjoy. Of course, you don’t need to go full eco-warrior on it – instead, just planting some trees and committing to small acts such as recycling and walking or taking public transport where possible are great places to start.
Kindness and Compassion
Arguably the most important one of all is also the easiest to complete. Kindness costs nothing, yet can provide us with a wealth of good fortune as we make the most of the benefits that our empathy, care and compassion can bring to us. From providing some advice to simply being there as a listening ear and a shoulder to cry on, showing someone that you are there to support them and help them out is guaranteed to make the world a better place.
However you choose to go about doing your bit, even the smallest changes in life and acts of kindness or charity can go a long way towards improving people’s lives and making the world a better place. Make 2018 the year in which you give back and reap the rewards of your own compassion and generosity this New Year.
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