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10 Little Things to be the change you want to see

We all want to ‚change the world‘ a little bit, don’t we? Make it a better place to live in.

Nevertheless, most of the time, we do nothing, because we simply don’t know where to start. Yesterday sombody said to me: ‚If you’re part of the solution, you’re not part of the problem‘.  I don’t know the original source of that quote, but somehow it stuck with me. If we do just really small things on a regular basis, we’re part of the solution. We’re changing something. Here are some small ideas:

1 | Put some books aside you’re never going to read again and give them to Oxfam.

2 | Volunteer at your local soup kitchen for one hour every week.

3 | Babysit your friends children for free and give them the evening off.

4 | Buy a record on Noisetrade that gives the money away to a worthy cause (for example this one).

5 | Sponsor a child and start spreading new hope (some great organisations: Compassion, Watoto or World Vision).

6 | Write a letter to somebody you know has been having a rough time.

7 | Host an auction with some friends. Prepare some snacks, sell clothes/stuff you don’t need anymore, have some fun and give the profits to a charity of your choice.

8 | Visit somebody you haven’t seen in some time (your grandma?) and ask them what you can do for them. If they say ‚there’s nothing‘, ask again.

9 | Take some time and teach somebody a skill you’re really good at (for free).

10 | Buy more local/fair trade goods, like you’ve always wanted to. Start with one small thing on your shopping list, then add more every week.

As I said, these are all just small things, but still, they make a difference. And the list could go on and on…

What are you doing today to make the world a better place?



  • Amber
    Juli 7, 2014

    It’s so true, one small change can create so much big positive action. I love the list you’ve compiled. It’s so important to remember that we have the power to great insane amounts of good. I think that sometimes we believe ourselves to be so small that we assume any contribution we might make wouldn’t be grand enough to be beneficial –but that’s so not true.

    • Hanna
      Juli 7, 2014

      You’re so right! That’s exactly what’s been on my mind as well :)

  • Catherine
    Juli 7, 2014

    Lovely post!

    • Hanna
      Juli 7, 2014

      Thank you! :)

  • emma
    Juli 7, 2014

    This is such a lovely post Hanna! Really inspiring, I think I will do a couple of these myself :) Little things can make a difference.

  • Bmpermie
    Juli 8, 2014

    Good list. From little things big things grow. There is a great YouTube clip of a Paul Kelly song but couldn’t paste in comments.

  • Angie
    Juli 8, 2014

    Great list, love it :)

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