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Make The World A Better Place in 10 Easy Steps

Updated on December 30, 2010

Ten simple ways to make a huge world of difference!

The year is almost over... have you made your new year's resolutions yet? How about taking a step further by promising to do things that will not only make you a better person but will also make the world a better place to live in. It's time we give some love back to the planet that has cradled us since the day we were born.

Below you will find a list of ten simple actions that take minimal effort to do but will definitely leave a huge impact. The idea behind this is that if many of us act towards a common goal, we can do a world of good.

Do you want to know how we can change the world for the better? Please read on.

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Change the World for Ten Bucks - The book that changed my life and inspired me to make this list.

One of my best friends gave me the original UK edition of a book called Change the World for a Fiver some Christmases ago and it hasn't left my side ever since (I keep it on my bedside for easy access). The book is published by We Are What We Do, a movement that aims to inspire people to use their everyday actions to change the world.

It lists 50 small actions that can make the world a better place and make you feel good at the same time. Some of the items I've listed below are from this amazing book and it has inspired me to come up with more actions that can help make a difference too.

Change the World for Ten Bucks: small actions x lots of people = big change
Change the World for Ten Bucks: small actions x lots of people = big change

At last, here's the U.S. edition. Change the World for Ten Bucks delights and engages at every turn. It includes a postcard to send to someone who inspires you, two pages stuck together (don't throw your gum in the street!), tear-out tabs to make introductions to the neighbors, and dozens of other creative prompts for positive change.

 

Cars use up a lot of precious fuel and energy and not only do they pollute our air, too many cars on the road will cause traffic and not to mention, accidents. The result, very many upset and angry people. Not a healthy way to live. Green cars are helping solve the fuel & pollution problem but they still don't solve traffic. Walking, hiking, biking and taking public transportation will greatly reduce this problem and what's more, you will become healthier and fitter too. What's not to like about that?

4. Make it a habit to smile more often, - because you're never fully dressed without a smile.

What's Great About A Smile?

Smiles Can Fly...Give it a Try!

A smile is a curve

that sets everything straight.

It costs nothing, but is worth much.

It enriches whoever receives it,

without impoverishing the one who gives it.

It lingers for just a moment,

but its effects can last for a lifetime.

Read the rest of the poem.

Listen to "You're Never Fully Dressed Without A Smile" from the musical Annie

Spending time with children and/or older people will expand your mind and open it up to a universe of thoughts you've never even pondered about before. Looking at the world from a broader perspective makes you a better and well-rounded person. How do you think I would've known about all those indie rock tunes I've been writing about if I didn't spend a lot of time with my nephew? Or those classic musicals if I didn't watch them with my grandma when I was a child? Sharing knowledge and insights between generations allow us to become more aware of how things work on this planet.

Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson
Tuesdays with Morrie: An Old Man, a Young Man, and Life's Greatest Lesson

This true story about the love between a spiritual mentor and his pupil has soared to the bestseller list for many reasons. For starters: it reminds us of the affection and gratitude that many of us still feel for the significant mentors of our past. It also plays out a fantasy many of us have entertained: what would it be like to look those people up again, tell them how much they meant to us, maybe even resume the mentorship?

 

6. Support local products as much as possible, - and promote tourism to where you live.

Buying local products and supporting industry in your homebase reduces environmental impact, puts your taxes to good use, ensures a better economy and encourages local prosperity. On that note, may I invite you to visit our beautiful country, The Philippines sometime? It's home to amazing and world-renowned beaches, coral waters, and exotic, historical sceneries. Please visit the websites below for more information on our country.

(photo source: Palawan.net)

There's nothing like receiving a sincere, heartfelt letter from someone thanking you for inspiring them to become a better person so just imagine what the recipients will feel when they read it. You not only made their day, you also encouraged them to continue inspiring others like you.

A hug is one of the best therapies ever. It is positive energy and validation transmitted in its simplest form and is such a simple, effortless gesture that can convey so much more than a million words. Have you heard of the Free Hugs campaign? It's the story of Juan Mann whose mission was to reach out and hug a stranger to brighten up their lives. Indeed the world would be a much better place if it were full of happy, loving people, wouldn't it?

10. Share your knowledge and life experiences with people you've never met,

and feel like a million dollars knowing that you enlightened someone somewhere out there.

Everyone's an expert on something so if you want to be able to share your expertise with others, sign up for a Squidoo account. This enables you to create lenses (pages you can fill with articles, photos, videos, slides, and discussions -- like this page you're reading) that will inform and educate, and at the same time make you some spare cash too. It won't even cost you anything, just a little effort and the desire to spread love and make the world a better place.

READY, SET,

We Are What We Do is a movement that aims to inspire people to use their everyday actions to change the world and is funded by proceeds from the sale of their products. The guiding principle of We Are What We Do is that small changes multiplied by lots of people = big change.

Visit their site, add your actions and see what others have done to make the world a better place to live in. You may also check out their other books below.

If you want to make the world a better place, - start with the man (or woman) in the mirror.

Michael Jackson and lyricist Siedah Garrett certainly had it right.

All they need is a click -- yes, a click! -- from you each day. Clicking a special designated button automatically generates revenue from a sponsor and that income is then donated to the specified charities listed on the websites. The best part is you can do it from anywhere, as long as you have your laptop or wi-fi enabled gadget with you.

"We must be the change we want to see in the world." --Mahatma Gandhi

"We must be the change we want to see in the world." --Mahatma Gandhi
"We must be the change we want to see in the world." --Mahatma Gandhi

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Is there anything else you'd like to share with me and everyone who visits this page? - Your thoughts are most welcome!

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      Amber 2 years ago

      Fidnnig this post. It's just a big piece of luck for me.

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      anonymous 4 years ago

      nice ways...!!!!

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      Wedding Mom 5 years ago

      Nice tips. I hope everyone can do it. One step at a time.

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      scar4 7 years ago

      nice lens with creative ideas. Can we really change the world? We can do something small at least.

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      poutine 7 years ago

      Like the way you laid out this lens and all the great ideas.

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      PalawanHotels 7 years ago

      nice lens, i like the 5th one spend more time with other generation! =) hope the world will be better!

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      Palawan Hotels | Palawan Butterfly Garden | Palawan Underground River | Puerto Princesa

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      Back with a blessing and featured on Sprinkled with Stardust

      Norma

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      KarenTBTEN 7 years ago

      This is a very nice collection of resources about changing our lives and our world. I like how seamlessly you stitched in links, whether they be to other lenses (like the 'green' lens collection) or to products.

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      Joandearc LM 7 years ago

      Thank you for the blessings Arncyn, if it wasn't for those I may not have found this wonderful lens! If everyone in the world did at least one of these things regularly, it would be a much better place.

      People underestimate the power of something as simple as a smile. :)

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      Wednesday-Elf 7 years ago from Savannah, Georgia

      Free hugs, snail mail, and friendship are all simple and loving ways to make our world a better place to live. And if the whole world could understand and accept each other the way young children do, it would be a very happy place.

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      WhiteOak50 7 years ago

      FANTASTIC lens!! "Blessed by a SquidAngel" and also featured on my: My Angel Lens

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      anonymous 7 years ago

      These are all things we can do to make the world a better place.

      Thank you for the blessing on Support Out Troops and Veterans.!

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      NC Shepherd 7 years ago

      What a great lens! I really like the free hugs.

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      Ram Ramakrishnan 7 years ago

      These are truly and utterly simple ways that would definitely make the world a wonderful place.

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      thesuccess2 7 years ago

      Yep get on your bike for fun and health. My personal thing would be to campaign for the integrity of our food

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      Quirina 7 years ago

      Dear Cynthia, I came by this lens a couple of days ago, read it, liked it but remember being too sleepy to leave a comment. My favorite in your list is #2, as I hate cars... though I must admit they're useful sometimes. What could be added? Maybe reducing consumption and waste of plastic. Just recently I saw a trailer on TV for a documentary saying (again) how nasty it is. (I missed the actual documentary, though).

      Last, not least, I'd like to say: Many thanks for passing by my lenses and giving some love to them!

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      lasertek lm 7 years ago

      Great list of New Year's resolution. Indeed very simple to make and accomplish. On top of my list this year is reducing my carbon footprint. I do hope I could find a good lens suggesting how to go green. Will check the links you have added on this lens as well. 5*

      Hope you could visit my lenses and this fb page. Thanks

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      Robin S 7 years ago from USA

      Congratulations new angel!

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      Cheryl Kohan 7 years ago from Minnesota

      Congratulations on becoming a Squid Angel...I tried to post a minute ago and it disappeared so if two comments from me show up...one of them is incomplete :-). In any case, I wanted to say that if this lens is any indication, you'll be a Squid Angel for a long time. Well deserved appointment.

      All of your suggestions are excellent but I would add one more way to make the world a better place, Tolerance. Please let us all practice more tolerance for each other. Regardless of our circumstances or our beliefs, we need to be more accepting of others who don't share ours.

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      bdkz 7 years ago

      Congratulations on becoming a Giant Squid and Squid Angel!

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      RinchenChodron 7 years ago

      What a nice positive lens! It's informative, creative and visually appealing. Blessed by an Angel (you can add it to the plexo on my angel lens, if you want).

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      Rhonda Albom 7 years ago from New Zealand

      nicely done! Blessed by a Squidoo Angel (if you want, you can add your link at Angel Blessings from Pukeko)

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      BC4 7 years ago

      You reminded me of some of my personal favorite small ways to make a big difference. And let me be clear that you reminded me by listing them!

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      justholidays 8 years ago

      How could I miss such lens! I went here because I reviewed your lenses for the Giant Challenge and am really happy because I discovered something really beautiful!

      Keep up the great job, you'll make it!

      Dom.

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      Nurturing Mother Earth's a big thing of humanity's consciousness these days, and is unquestionably important. Also though, I feel is number 5.

      I think so often we overlook the richness of perspective that can be gained by merely hanging out with grandma... ours OR someone else's :).

      Also, wow, interacting with someone younger can teach you alllllll the lessons of life too (since, isn't it when we're young that we know everything about life already?). I'm just kidding on that last point, but seriously though, I think that's a great thing that we should resolve to do more of... and it's also an easy way to act on number 8 as well :).

      Thanks for the fantastic list C!

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      sciencefictionn 8 years ago

      Thank you for your excellent ideas!

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      anonymous 8 years ago

      I've featured this on my fan-club thank-you lens so - thank you!

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      Jennifer P Tanabe 8 years ago from Red Hook, NY

      Love it! These are simple but profound ideas on how we can make the world a better place. Very inspiring. Well done!

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      Indigo Janson 8 years ago from UK

      Another fantastic lens - your lenses are always a joy to read and brighten my day.

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      Laniann 8 years ago

      Great ideas and so easy to do. If each one of us just did a few small things - we could make a huge difference combined. 5*