- Say something kind to someone who deserves it.
- Share critical- and possibly life saving- hotlines to your social media following.
- Express your anger, but don’t stoop to the level of insults and slurs.
- Text a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while- they may have been waiting for you to reach out.
- Say positive things about yourself today- you are worthy, you are loved, you are strong.
- Mute or block people spreading negativity on social media- you deserve better.
- Sign a petition– any petition- for a cause you believe in.
- Skip weighing yourself today- you don’t need to focus on that number today.
- Appreciate what you have in life- whether it’s one good friend, a job you enjoy, clean water from your tap, the annoying doctor’s appointment you had to book yourself but you’re still fortunate to have access to.
- Tell someone you’ve been thinking about that you’ve been thinking about them.
- Check into Standing Rock Indian Reserve on Facebook.
- Find a march or a rally for an issue that matters to you, and show up.
- Call your parents.
- Donate canned food that’s been sitting unused in your cupboard to a local food bank.
- Compliment someone in one of your classes or at work.
- Be polite to any service workers you encounter today- cashiers, waitresses, delivery guys, bank tellers.
- Get a good night’s sleep- you deserve it.
- Allow yourself to be sad and angry and anything you else you might be feeling.
- Take a mental health day.
- Support local artists- buy jewellery at farmer’s markets, concert tickets for local bands, paintings from local artists.
- Start a tiny garden and help replenish the honeybee population.
- Avoid an argument before it begins- let things go.
- Donate feminine hygiene products to a community drive or women’s shelter.
- If you have long hair, consider an impromptu haircut to help make wigs for people with various health conditions.
- Donate blood.
- Get the new HPV vaccine if you don’t already have it- you can protect yourself and any future partners.
- Get tested for STIs- once again, protect yourself and your partners.
- Write down your experiences.
- Volunteer at a local senior’s citizen home.
- Help Meals on Wheels make and deliver meals to senior citizens
- Register to be an organ donor.
- Volunteer at an animal shelter.
- Make a plan to vote in the midterm elections.
- Think about ways you can advocate for change on your campus.
- Stand up when you see people fall victim to street harassment.
- Take consent training and bystander intervention training- the more educated you are the better.
- Use social media to discuss the issues that matter most to you.
- If you have any disposable income, consider donating to a charity you feel passionate about.
- Be there for a friend when they need support.
- Ask your friends how you can support them.
- Stop by your school’s Gay Straight Alliance for a meeting.
- Volunteer for a political candidate you feel will make a positive impact.
- Consider collecting pledges for a charity run or walk.
- Donate old books to a local library or school.
- Donate old clothing to a thrift store or community drive.
- Recycle and compost diligently.
- Take steps to lower your carbon footprint.
- Spend a day without eating animal products.
- Consider investing in eco-friendly companies, brands and products.
- Call or write to your Senator or Congressman about an issue or a vote that matters to you.
- Adopt a rescue animal.
- If you have little to no disposable income, consider volunteering for a fundraiser near you.
- Volunteer at local shelters, food banks and soup kitchens.
- Join school organizations that seek to make change- clubs, governments, charity organizations.
- Instead of buying a plastic water bottle today, invest a few extra dollars for a reusable one.
- Buy a gift for a child for Christmas.
- Read about an issue you know nothing about.
- Read about a culture or set of beliefs that you know nothing about.
- Watch a documentary- learn something.
- If you have young children in your life, don’t tell them America is something to be feared or hated- tell them it’s somewhere that should be a welcoming home for all people, and it will be again someday.
- Consider investing in microloans– if you need the cash, you can earn it back while supporting a small business in developing countries. If you don’t need the money, you can continue to re-invest it.
- Support small businesses instead of major chains.
- Forgive someone who you should have forgiven years ago.
- Encourage a young person in your life, tell them that their dreams and beliefs are valid.
- Suggest a song to a friend that you think they need to hear.
- Kill time on Free Rice.
- Google The Hunger Site and help end world hunger simply by clicking a page.
- When you buy lunch today, buy a cheap sandwich for the homeless man outside.
- Don’t get angry at slow drivers or drivers who cut you off today. The only person who will feel that negativity is yourself.
- Offer to give a friend or co-worker a ride.
- Don’t hassle or harass friends who cast protest votes or didn’t vote. Their apathy or anger was valid even if their actions were misguided. They probably feel terrible. Let it go.
- Delete the number of the ex- or the toxic friend- you shouldn’t be talking to anymore.
- Volunteer at your school’s sexual assault or sexual health resource centre.
- Visit a museum or local arts hub.
- Share the poem or the song or the painting or the artisanal pillowcases you made rather than refusing to share your art with the world.
- If someone has a question you know the answer to, answer it.
- Be kind to your pets.
- Stop to pet that cute dog- and give the owner a polite compliment.
- Leave a tip.
- If someone is speaking and they said something you don’t understand, ask them to clarify.
- If someone doesn’t seem to understand what you’re saying, ask if you’re being confusing.
- Have a garage sale- and give the money to a breast cancer charity or a domestic violence charity or an LGBTQ charity or a mental health charity or any organization you feel is worthy.
- Text people back, respond to their Snapchats.
- Don’t drive when you’re tired or have had a drink or are too angry to think.
- Send someone you care about a hand written letter.
- Volunteer at a nearby hospital, doing whatever they need you to do.
- Give up your seat on public transit for someone who needs it more.
- Don’t speak to people with disabilities like they’re different than you.
- Book yourself a doctor’s appointment or a dentist’s appointment or a massage or a nutrition consultation, anything to help your physical health.
- Save the environment, go thrift shopping.
- Switch to LED lightbulbs.
- Treat yourself.
- Buy clothing made in America rather than overseas.
- Buy cruelty free make-up.
- Refrain from discussing the election with your friends who are female, LGBTQ, POC, poor, survivors of sexual assault, immigrant or disabled unless they start the conversation.
- Help your mom with dinner or laundry.
- Use a drying rack instead of a dryer.
- Smile at people.
- Get ready to do it all again tomorrow.