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Stop Worrying About Making A Difference

Do small but meaningful things instead

June 06, 2020 | 4 min. read

It feels like we have to make every minute count these days. It’s not okay to just do what we can at our own pace – we need to achieve great things and contribute to the world at lightning speed. That was the case before the outbreak and now we’re putting even more pressure on ourselves.

Because of social distancing, most of our interactions happen online. Although it’s a great way to catch up, it has a downside too – while scrolling through our newsfeed, we see people proudly sharing their achievements and racking up hundreds of likes for it. It’s hard not to be affected by that, so we start to wonder:

‘Do I work hard enough? Am I doing enough? Is my life meaningful?’

To feel like we’re making a difference too, we push ourselves a little bit harder every day – we attend every meeting and work overtime. We also study, socialize and exercise more. But times are tough now and the last thing we need is more pressure.

So let’s give ourselves a break and take other people’s achievements with a pinch of salt. Let them do their thing and you do yours. If you want to make a difference, focus on what’s close.

Be kind to yourself and proud of every achievement you make – no matter how small. Be thoughtful to family, friends, colleagues and neighbors. Because being appreciated by them means far more than a thousand likes on social media. Don’t know where to start?

Here are 9 ways to make your world a little better

Warning: may cause instant gratification.

Make your bed
This one may seem minor, but it’s a great way to clock in a win first thing. Be mindful when you’re doing it too and think about each step – you’ll have a made bed and soothed mind before breakfast!

Use your socials for good
Pick a charity that’s close to you and use your social channels to share donation links or times you can volunteer. It’ll take just a few seconds and even if it reaches just one friend, that’s a massive success in itself.

Help the elderly
If you know an elderly person living alone, try reaching out and see if they need help with their shopping or simply want to chat. You never know, you might make a new friend and it’ll make a big difference.

Make a feel-good box
If somebody deserves some extra care or if you want to go the extra mile for a birthday, collect thoughtful things and put them in a pretty box – now you have everything you need to make that person’s day.

Be generous
Whether it’s spending more time with a friend or sharing your food with others, being more generous with anything has untold knock-on effects for yourself and those around you.

Educate yourself
To help make the world a better place, the first step is to understand it a bit more. That means learning about different cultures, faiths, ideas, languages and history.

Pass on opportunities
In these tumultuous times, many people have lost their jobs and are looking for work. So if you stumble across something online or through a connection, pass it on to someone you know who’s in dire straits. It could be the door they were looking for.

Buy used
Why be a sheep wearing the same clothes as everybody else? Head down to your local charity or vintage store and see what key pieces you can find. The time is truly nigh to ditch fast fashion.

Throw a (wildflower seed) bomb
There are neglected roundabouts and patches of unused ground in every city – perfect spots for some guerilla gardening. Just make or buy a wildflower seed bomb and throw it while you’re walking or cycling. A crop of wildflowers will emerge that’ll both brighten up your town and help the bees!

Of course, we could go on and on, but start with any one of these small steps and you’re already well on your way to making the world a better place.

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