Tuesday, 4 March 2008

If everybody just...

How many times have you heard this: "If everybody just recycled..." ; "If everybody just smiled at strangers..."; "If everybody just picked up one piece of litter..."

The world would be a better place right?

Well, here's my challenge. Once a week I'll post one thing that you can do, and it won't be a huge thing, that will make the world a better place. One thing which, if everybody just did it occasionally, things would get better. The world is changed in increments, not in huge gestures (although sometimes huge gestures help).

I have spent far too much time in recent years getting frustrated and irritable about the stuff people do that is thoughtless and hateful and inconsiderate. If I can get just a few people to consider the little things I propose, maybe I can actually make a difference. I won't post anything here I wouldn't, or couldn't, or won't do myself. So maybe it'll help me be a better human being too.

My plan is that there will be several sections:

1. Things you can do to make yourself happier and healthier. Because frankly, happy people who feel good are nicer to be around. And people who are good to be around, make the world better.

2. Ways to make other people feel good. For the same reason as the last.

3. 'Green' stuff. Environmental issues. I'm not going to be asking anyone to join Greenpeace. But small everyday things you can do to slow our environmental decline.

4. The Big Issues. Because, let's face it, they're there. And they need to be addressed. But in small ways.

There may be other stuff. I will probably make up a lot of it as I go along. I'll try and seriously get to 101 things. If I do, at that point I'll decide whether to carry on or not.

So... who's up for the challenge?

ETA: I realise this has been done like a bazillion times. I don't care. It's for me as much as anyone else. If you care to come along for the ride, please do. If not, then don't.

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