1: Help your neighbor: Do you know that single mom working two jobs who live in your neighborhood? offer to pick her up some groceries while you’re out shopping for your own. A little help can go a long way.
2: Avoid subway drama: When someone pushes and shoves their way onto a crowded subway, and bumps into you in the process, resist the urge to tell them off and just ignore it. Like you, they are probably rushing off to work or school and although this can result in rude behaviour, it’s not worth aggravating yourself and starting a fight, peace is a strategy
3: Volunteering: Whether it is at a local soup kitchen, senior citizen center, homeless shelter, pet shelter, school, etc, just volunteer your time. It can really brighten a person’s, day, and the good feelings you have afterwards are an added bonus.
4: Giving: Give to others who are less fortunate. Instead of throwing out your old clothes or accessories, donate them to a local shelter or charitable organization that helps those in need. If you see a homeless person on the street, instead of ignoring them, purchase a snack or food for them. It may not seem like much to you, but it can make a real difference in someone else’s life.
5: Lend a helping hand: Speaking of the subway, when you see an elderly or disabled person slowly making their way up or down the subway stairs while you and probably many others are rushing to get around them, lend a hand and help them make there way up or down those stairs.
6: Let it go: Got beef with a coworker, friend or family member? Instead of letting the resentment fester, or talking behind that person’s back, talk it out with them. Don’t let little misunderstandings turn into big dramas.
7: Show compassion: Instead of throwing a nasty look or making a snide comment at the parent whose child is throwing a tantrum in a crowded store, offer them a friendly smile of encouragement and understanding.
8. End bullying: If you see someone being bullied, don’t turn your head and keep walking. Instead, try to be the voice of reason and help quash the situation. And, if it looks like a potentially dangerous situation that you don’t want to insert yourself into, call the proper authorities for help
9: Open your mind to new ideas: Instead of arguing with someone who doesn’t share the same political, religious, etc beliefs as you, accept that not everyone has the same views, and that’s ok. Listen to the other person’s viewpoint, even if you don’t agree with it, and remember that our differences are what make us unique. In most cases, there isn’t one right way to do something or one right thing to believe, so understanding another person’s way of thinking will give you a better appreciation and understanding of others, and the world as a whole.