Making the world a better place sounds like an impossible task. How can one little person make the world a better place? It’s not as hard as you think it is, you know.
All it takes is one person to make another person’s life better. If everyone makes someone’s life better, don’t you agree in turn, the world has to become a better place?
How do you make another person’s life better, I hear you cry? The strange thing is, that’s not as hard as it might sound either. You just need to learn to appreciate the little things in life.
Try these simple things:
1. Be nice
Be cheery, say good morning, start a conversation with a stranger. That will make them happy and in turn, the people around you will be cheery and say good morning back.
2. Listen to people
Give them the time of day, we all want to be listened to, don’t we?
3. Remove negative influences from your life
Does someone make you feel bad every time you see them? Well, it’s probably best not to see them anymore. Try and hang out with people who are nice to you and encourage you. Even if it means you can count your friends on one hand.
4. Be a good friend
Even when you haven’t seen someone for ages don’t worry about why you haven’t, just be glad you’re with them now. Be there for people that deserve your friendship and be loyal and true to them.
5. Be mindful
When there’s lots to do, concentrate on the task at hand. Don’t worry about the future or what it might bring, or dwell on the past and all of a sudden, a snowball of work will seem more manageable.
6. Make time for joy
Do you ever laugh, scream or cry with joy? If not, why not? What makes you feel joy? How are you going to make it happen? Your joy will energise you and in turn the others around you.
7. Take time for beauty
Have you ever noticed when you go somewhere beautiful, everybody is happy? Well that’s because beauty makes people happy. Look at the stars and wonder, what might be out there, go to places that make you feel good, listen to the wind and the birds and the ocean. There’s beauty all around you, you only have to see it.
8. Make time for you
Often people spend all their time doing things for other people but every now and again, you need to make time for you, to be you. You’re not a mother or father, a husband or wife, you’re just you. Do something you enjoy simply because you enjoy it. These are the times we have our best ideas and the times we get to know ourselves.
So, by looking after our own wellbeing it will help us to become better people and in turn, help others around us become better people too. So go on, give it a go.
When we leave this planet the question isn’t, what have I done? It’s what have I done for others?
Barry S. Brunswick is an author. You can buy his books on Amazon:
Dreamland Part 1 – The Fabric of Dreams
Dreamland Part 2 – The Masters of Light
The War of The Turnips
Barry Brunswick’s Tall Tales – A Short Story Collection
Inner Outer – A Poetry Collection