How to Make a Difference: Part 1
Let me start of by saying, making a difference doesn’t mean you have to go out and be a world leader or ship off to Africa- but if that’s what you’re after, that’s cool too. In the meantime for all you everyday heroes out reading because you want to make a difference, look no further than where you are now. Remember, you don’t have to just watch touching stories of helping others and encouragement- you can create those stories.
I have comprised a small list of ways to make a difference in the lives of the people around you. Now, if you wondered why this post is labeled as “Part 1,” it is because this list is specific towards helping others by means of encouragement as well as friendship. A later list is to follow featuring other ways we can make a difference :)
And now, I present to you, How to Make a Difference: Part 1
1.I think we all can agree that kindness is not evenly distributed between youth and elders. So, be DIFFERENT, and compliment older people- on more than just their clothes or jewelry. Compliment their pretty smile or their general good looks. I can’t imagine how wonderful it would feel to be told I was beautiful if I hadn’t heard it in 10 years. So, next time you see a shining smile or a twinkling eye of an older person, by golly,tell them :)
2.On top of complimenting older people, we can also complement people who probably don’t receive a lot of compliments. It sometimes seems that these little encouragements are saved up for certain “all around awesome” people, doesn’t it? Sure, build those people up too, but remember to also compliment people who you feel are overlooked. Affirmation is a powerful way to build people.
3. When someone gets you a gift or does something awesome for you, write them a thank you card. Kroger sells Thank You notes in bulk packs for just 2 bucks ;)
4. Do you sometimes look around and wonder what you could be doing with your time? Do you have a loving heart? If you answered yes to either of these questions, then you could benefit from volunteering. You wouldn’t BELIEVE the amount of lonely hearts there are at nursing homes, animal shelters, and other facilities accepting volunteers. Wonderful people like YOU with time on their hands are overlooking this option to make a difference. Sure, it looks great on a resume, but that’s an insignificant bonus when compared to how it can help both you and the people you’re helping.
5. You know that person that always seems lonely or seems to have difficulty making friends? Befriending this person is a great way to open the door for them to have the confidence to hopefully make more friends. No one wants to be lonely, so help a brother or sister out!
Thanks for reading- Have a wonderful evening :)