Today of all days, it is important to remember that one person can make a difference. This isn’t about running for office or building a new nonprofit; this is about the smaller, more important, things in life. If you think about it, one person smiling at you can make you happy an entire day. What wouldn’t the same be true for everyone else?
Recently, I joined the Board of Directors for my favorite charity Activate Good. Activate Good is a volunteer matching program that pairs people eager to give back to the community with local area nonprofits. They have many amazing programs to inspire volunteerism, but their tagline “Anyone can be somebody’s hero” is the part that has always resonated with me. There is no person on this planet that cannot make a positive difference in someone else’s life.
In undergrad, I used to randomly smile at people. Smiles are contagious. If someone gives you a genuine smile, you cannot help but smile back. The idea there was that it was a very easy task for me, yet it still made someone’s day better. Even the smallest effort at making the world a better place was worth it.
This smile campaign was before I learned about volunteering. I still smile at people, but I’ve learned how to take my time, my energy, and my skills and put them to use helping local charities. I don’t have a lot of money, so I give my time.
Causes need time, money, skills, and promotion. Even if it is the tiniest amount, you’re making a positive impact. If you don’t have time or money, give your voice. If you don’t have any of these, smile at or hug someone who could use a pick-me-up. Spread this positivity around and it will surely come back to you a hundred times greater. It always has for me.
Want some ideas on how to make someone’s day better? Feel free to reach out to me, or check out activategood.org. Here’s some small things that take very little effort:
- Share a funny/happy story
- Write a letter to a friend or family member
- Write a letter to someone in the hospital
- Volunteer (even just an hour)
- Tell someone they’re appreciated
There are many many ways to spread good in this world. I would love to hear the ways you’ve spread good. Feel free to email me or leave comments below.