Everyone wants to make the world a better place. But where do you even start?
Well, there’s plenty you can do. But to get started, here are 5 things you can to from the comfort of your own home. Remember, even small things can make a big difference!
Okay, so perhaps this doesn’t seem like it’ll change the world. But you can’t save the world without looking after yourself first.
Before putting your superhero costume on, take a long soak in the tub, check in with yourself and have a good meal.
Alternatively, set out your goals in a letter to your future self. This site will allow you to write up your letter and have it sent to yourself on a selected day in the future. A year from now, ten years from now, who knows!
Bring back the art of letter writing and send a friend, relative or colleague a letter of gratitude. Write down why you’re grateful for them.
Again, this doesn’t seem like a big, world changing task, but when was the last time you really showed your appreciation for the people around you?
Change starts at home.
Part with some cash for a good cause
Making charitable donations could have a massive impact on someone else’s life and the world. Look for environmental charities, animal rescues or whatever cause strikes you as important to see if you can make a single or regular donation.
If everyone did a little bit, it would go a long way. You can start doing your bit by finding out what exactly you can recycle at curbside, or where recycling plants you can take your trash to are based and what they will take.
Avoid using single use items, too, so that you’ve got less rubbish to worry about in the first place. Use teacloths instead of paper, take a reusable bottle or flask wherever you go and so on – look at how your great grandparents used to do things for inspiration.
Plant a garden
Gardening is great for mindfulness and sustainability.
You can grow your favorite flowers and try a little flower arranging. Send homegrown bouquets to your favorite people to really make their day.
Use your gardening time to grow vegetables and herbs that can be used in your cooking. This is a great way to be more aware about which foods are actually in season, as well as reducing the amount of packaging and plastic you’re using.
Even if you don’t have a garden, there are plenty of herbs and vegetables you can grow around the house. The more food you can grow and make yourself at home, the smaller your carbon footprint.
These ideas may not feel like they’re going to save the world, but they’ll go a long way. Making the world a better place isn’t just about dedicating your life to solving poverty or world hunger. It’s about providing those around you (and yourself) with the kindness and support you deserve. If you can also do your small bit in caring for the environment through litter picking, recycling and gardening, you may just encourage others to do the same; this could snowball into some real changes!
So, with the weekend fast approaching, what small thing can you do with your spare time to make a difference?