It is not necessary to achieve world peace to change someone's life. Simple acts of kindness and good behavior can go a long way toward making someone's day better, even if it may not seem like it at first. The simplest ways to make a difference are emotional support and donating money to people in need. If you want to be more upfront, look for opportunities to defend and stand up for the victimized people. Lastly, if you want to be more proactive, consider finding ways to improve your own life to make it more positive. If you make others feel good, you will feel good too.
Method 1 of 3: Give Emotional and Financial Support
Step 1. Remind others that you are emotionally available to them
Remind your friends and family members that you are there for them, even if there is nothing you can do to physically change their problem or situation. When comforting someone, remind them that they have control over the decisions they make and that you will support them no matter what.
- For example, say something like, "I know you are having problems right now and I just wanted you to know that I am there for you if you need anything."
- Make sure the person feels loved and validated, and that they know they can turn to you when necessary.
- Try to empathize with others by giving them emotional support. On many occasions, you can change someone's life in a positive way just by reminding them that they are not alone.
Step 2. Pay someone a compliment to make them feel good
Take a minute out of the day to compliment someone, whether it's a friend, family member, or stranger. Tell him that his outfit is fantastic or congratulate him on a recent success. Even if it's a short conversation, you can easily make someone's life better by telling them that they are talented and beautiful.
- For example, tell her that you like her outfit or hairstyle if you meet her.
- Don't confuse compliments with verbal harassment. If the compliment can end up objectifying the recipient, then don't say anything.
Step 3. Tell someone how much you care
Remind your friends and family how important they are in your life with a simple statement or gesture. If you're feeling a little more creative, send someone a card with a message saying how much you love them. If you are looking for a simple way to change someone's life in a positive way, tell them how valuable and indispensable they are in your life.
- For example, if you make a card, write something like “Hello! I just wanted to tell you how much you mean to me. I love you very much and I am very grateful to have you in my life. "
- If you are chatting with someone, consider saying something like, “I know I don't say it many times, but I wanted you to know that you are very valuable to me. Thank you for being part of my life”.
Step 4. Perform an act of kindness for a stranger each day
Get into the habit of doing thoughtful things every day, whether it's a small act or a big one. If you enter a busy building, try to keep the door open for the person behind you. If you're feeling a little more generous, pay for the next person's drink in line.
Try to pay in advance at a self-service restaurant. Sometimes you can start a chain where people pay for the person behind them
Step 5. Make a donation to someone who is in a difficult financial situation
Look for opportunities to help other people get through difficult times, whether they are medical or work. Even if it is a small amount of money, let the person know that they are valuable and that they are in your thoughts by giving them some cash or a check. If you provide financial support in a difficult time, you will definitely make a positive impact.
- If someone doesn't want you to give them money, respect their wish and provide emotional support.
- Don't confuse monetary donations with financial dependence. For example, while it is good to help someone pay their rent in a time of economic crisis, it is not healthy or fair for that person to depend on you to pay their future bills.
Step 6. Sponsor a helpless child to improve his life
Partner with a charity to provide impoverished children around the world with the funds they need to live healthy and functional lives. Even if you never meet the child you sponsor in person, monthly donations will let the child know that someone cares about them. If you give a less fortunate child a better life, you will change their life immeasurably.
If you search on the Internet, you will find several organizations that will help you sponsor a child
Method 2 of 3: Stand Up for Others
Step 1. Speak up when someone is bullied
Do something when you see a person being teased. Instead of being indifferent, stand up for the victim by supporting them. To add emphasis, berate the bully for his toxic behavior. By advocating for victims, you let them know that they are important, which will positively change their lives.
- For example, if a bully teases someone because of their physical appearance, say something like, “Leave him alone! You don't have the right to speak to people like that”.
- If you are at school and you see someone being bullied, feel free to ask an adult for help.
- This also applies to virtual bullying. If you see bullying happening online, use the “report” feature whenever possible to inform an online moderator or administrator of what is happening.
- If you are concerned that a bullying victim is suicidal, be sure to speak to someone.
Step 2. Ask others how you can help them before you do something
Talk to a victim to find out how they are feeling and ask what they want to do. Sometimes what you think a person needs can be very different from what they really need. Communicate openly and respectfully with the victim and respect their wishes if they do not want you to do something.
For example, if you are trying to be the ally of a member of a marginalized group, ask if there is anything you have inadvertently said or done in the past that was inherently judgmental
Step 3. Participate in a peaceful protest to defend the rights of others
Look for opportunities to protest against problems or injustices in the community. Peacefully join a crowd to express your disagreement with the unfair treatment of others. If you join a peaceful protest, you will also show numerical strength and support.
If you let people know that they have your unconditional support, then you let them know that they are important
Method 3 of 3: Improve Your Own Life
Step 1. Think positively about the day ahead
Force yourself to think optimistically when you wake up and develop a preliminary plan for how you want your day to be. Try to create the happiest and kindest version of yourself throughout the day, starting the morning with positive vibes.
For example, if you pass someone who dropped something, take a moment to help them instead of walking past. If you let someone know that they are valuable, then you will change their life in a small but positive way
Step 2. Get a good night's sleep so you feel recharged
Be the best version of yourself by sleeping well. Even if you haven't done everything you wanted to do, try to get a good night's sleep so you don't feel groggy the next day. Adults of all ages need at least 7 hours of sleep, while adolescents need at least 8 hours of sleep.
If you don't feel invigorated and ready for the day, it will be much more difficult to make someone else's day better
Step 3. Set practical goals for your life that you can work on
Avoid putting the fence too high for yourself. Even if you want to see some change in your life, you cannot expect anything to happen overnight. Be kind to yourself by setting reasonable goals and encouraging others to do the same.
For example, if you're trying to lose weight, don't set a goal of losing 50 pounds in a week
Step 4. Acknowledge to others that you have made a mistake
Let others know that you made a mistake or said something incorrectly by apologizing and acknowledging the mistake. If you show humility, you show that you value the relationship with another person. Also, try to engage in a healthy dialogue around what you did wrong and how you can improve in the future, so that you can change in a positive way.
When you apologize, you let others know that their feelings are valid and important. This will make people feel more valued and respected
- Speaking politely can go a long way when talking to strangers.
- You can slightly improve your own life by rearranging personal spaces, such as your desk, closet, and bookshelf.