How Do You Make a Difference? "Do what you can, with what you have, where you are." ~Theadore Roosevelt
I love this quote. It's perfect for Make a Difference Monday! It breaks down the overwhelming concept of changing the world into a bite-sized chunk. When we read or watch the news (or the "bad news" as my son referred to it as a toddler) the problems in the world can seem greater than ourselves, and our ability to affect any change next to non-existent.
But here's the truth. Through daily acts of simple kindness, you can make a significant impact in the lives of people in your family, your neighborhood, your community and beyond. Kindness begets kindness. It is like fertilizer for the human heart... except you can never spread too much.
Kindness, like eating healthy or exercising, is a learned habit. Through deliberate thought and action, you can increase your capacity for kindness. So start here, today, now. Commit to performing one act of kindness a day. It doesn't have to be grandiose or Earth moving. "Remember there's no such thing as a small act of kindness. Every act creates a ripple with no logical end." - Scott Adams
To start with: Make someone laugh. Take time to really listen to someone. Tell someone if you notice they're doing a good job. Looking for something a little bigger? Donate blood. Send a letter to a veteran or overseas soldier. Visit a sick friend, relative or neighbor. Ready to do even more? Organize a fundraising event. Offer to mow an elderly neighbor's lawn on a regular basis. Give food to a homeless person and take time to talk with them. Volunteer to support a Charitable Organization.
Why do it? There are numerous benefits to practicing kindness on a regular basis. You will spread goodwill and, at the same time, inspire others to do the same. Feelings of happiness, peace, love, unity, and hope will be promoted by your actions. Your own health and sense of well-being will be improved. Recent research into brain functioning has confirmed that we are hard-wired for love and compassion. So it's not all about chasing individual success - our communities and society flourish when people look out for each other and work to "Make a Difference."
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