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100 Ways To Make The World A Better Place Today

  1. Say something kind to someone who deserves it.
  2. Share critical- and possibly life saving- hotlines to your social media following.
  3. Express your anger, but don’t stoop to the level of insults and slurs.
  4. Text a friend you haven’t spoken to in a while- they may have been waiting for you to reach out.
  5. Say positive things about yourself today- you are worthy, you are loved, you are strong.
  6. Mute or block people spreading negativity on social media- you deserve better.
  7. Sign a petition– any petition- for a cause you believe in.
  8. Skip weighing yourself today- you don’t need to focus on that number today.
  9. 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.
  10. Tell someone you’ve been thinking about that you’ve been thinking about them.
  11. Check into Standing Rock Indian Reserve on Facebook.
  12. Find a march or a rally for an issue that matters to you, and show up.
  13. Call your parents.
  14. Donate canned food that’s been sitting unused in your cupboard to a local food bank.
  15. Compliment someone in one of your classes or at work.
  16. Be polite to any service workers you encounter today- cashiers, waitresses, delivery guys, bank tellers.
  17. Get a good night’s sleep- you deserve it.
  18. Allow yourself to be sad and angry and anything you else you might be feeling.
  19. Take a mental health day.
  20. Support local artists- buy jewellery at farmer’s markets, concert tickets for local bands, paintings from local artists.
  21. Start a tiny garden and help replenish the honeybee population.
  22. Avoid an argument before it begins- let things go.
  23. Donate feminine hygiene products to a community drive or women’s shelter.
  24. If you have long hair, consider an impromptu haircut to help make wigs for people with various health conditions.
  25. Donate blood.
  26. Get the new HPV vaccine if you don’t already have it- you can protect yourself and any future partners.
  27. Get tested for STIs- once again, protect yourself and your partners.
  28. Write down your experiences.
  29. Volunteer at a local senior’s citizen home.
  30. Help Meals on Wheels make and deliver meals to senior citizens
  31. Register to be an organ donor.
  32. Volunteer at an animal shelter.
  33. Make a plan to vote in the midterm elections.
  34. Think about ways you can advocate for change on your campus.
  35. Stand up when you see people fall victim to street harassment.
  36. Take consent training and bystander intervention training- the more educated you are the better.
  37. Use social media to discuss the issues that matter most to you.
  38. If you have any disposable income, consider donating to a charity you feel passionate about.
  39. Be there for a friend when they need support.
  40. Ask your friends how you can support them.
  41. Stop by your school’s Gay Straight Alliance for a meeting.
  42. Volunteer for a political candidate you feel will make a positive impact.
  43. Consider collecting pledges for a charity run or walk.
  44. Donate old books to a local library or school.
  45. Donate old clothing to a thrift store or community drive.
  46. Recycle and compost diligently.
  47. Take steps to lower your carbon footprint.
  48. Spend a day without eating animal products.
  49. Consider investing in eco-friendly companies, brands and products.
  50. Call or write to your Senator or Congressman about an issue or a vote that matters to you.
  51. Adopt a rescue animal.
  52. If you have little to no disposable income, consider volunteering for a fundraiser near you.
  53. Volunteer at local shelters, food banks and soup kitchens.
  54. Join school organizations that seek to make change- clubs, governments, charity organizations.
  55. Instead of buying a plastic water bottle today, invest a few extra dollars for a reusable one.
  56. Buy a gift for a child for Christmas.
  57. Read about an issue you know nothing about.
  58. Read about a culture or set of beliefs that you know nothing about.
  59. Watch a documentary- learn something.
  60. 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.
  61. 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.
  62. Support small businesses instead of major chains.
  63. Forgive someone who you should have forgiven years ago.
  64. Encourage a young person in your life, tell them that their dreams and beliefs are valid.
  65. Suggest a song to a friend that you think they need to hear.
  66. Kill time on Free Rice.
  67. Google The Hunger Site and help end world hunger simply by clicking a page.
  68. When you buy lunch today, buy a cheap sandwich for the homeless man outside.
  69. Don’t get angry at slow drivers or drivers who cut you off today. The only person who will feel that negativity is yourself.
  70. Offer to give a friend or co-worker a ride.
  71. 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.
  72. Delete the number of the ex- or the toxic friend- you shouldn’t be talking to anymore.
  73. Volunteer at your school’s sexual assault or sexual health resource centre.
  74. Visit a museum or local arts hub.
  75. 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.
  76. If someone has a question you know the answer to, answer it.
  77. Be kind to your pets.
  78. Stop to pet that cute dog- and give the owner a polite compliment.
  79. Leave a tip.
  80. If someone is speaking and they said something you don’t understand, ask them to clarify.
  81. If someone doesn’t seem to understand what you’re saying, ask if you’re being confusing.
  82. Breathe.
  83. 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.
  84. Text people back, respond to their Snapchats.
  85. Don’t drive when you’re tired or have had a drink or are too angry to think.
  86. Send someone you care about a hand written letter.
  87. Volunteer at a nearby hospital, doing whatever they need you to do.
  88. Give up your seat on public transit for someone who needs it more.
  89. Don’t speak to people with disabilities like they’re different than you.
  90. Book yourself a doctor’s appointment or a dentist’s appointment or a massage or a nutrition consultation, anything to help your physical health.
  91. Save the environment, go thrift shopping.
  92. Switch to LED lightbulbs.
  93. Treat yourself.
  94. Buy clothing made in America rather than overseas.
  95. Buy cruelty free make-up.
  96. 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.
  97. Help your mom with dinner or laundry.
  98. Use a drying rack instead of a dryer.
  99. Smile at people.
  100. Get ready to do it all again tomorrow.

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Megan Hunt is a Canadian journalist, editor and playwright currently working towards a Bachelor of Arts degree from Concordia University. Along with Affinity, her work has been featured in the 2020 McGill Drama Festival, Hindwing Press, Garfield Lake Review, The Concordian, The Link and Green Teacher, among others. She is an suburbanite by birth, a Montrealer by choice, and overly opinionated by nature.

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