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It can be hard to see the positives in life when all there seems to be is negativity on the news. Between the wars, environmental crises, economic struggles, and other awful things that are happening, it can be easy to feel despair and lose hope. However, this doesn’t mean that all is bad in the world – and there are many people and organizations out there that are making positive changes and bringing love and joy to people’s lives as well. You can also be this positive change in the world that you want to see, and this can be a big help in changing your outlook on life and can help to give you a sense of purpose if this is something that you’re seeking. Below are a few examples of selfless, compassionate acts that you can do to make a difference in the world.

1.   Offering to Do an Elderly Neighbors Shopping

Not all senior citizens will need your assistance, but some might find it difficult to manage basic daily tasks, such as cleaning their homes or taking a trip to the grocery store to get food. If you have noticed that your elderly neighbor is struggling, or they have told you this, one way you could help them is by offering to do their grocery shopping for them. It might mean an additional trip to the store for you in the week, but this is a small sacrifice to make and can be a big help to them. You might even find that this creates a positive, friendly bond between the two of you that can turn into a cherished relationship.

2.   Consider Fostering

Children need a loving, caring environment to grow up in, but this isn’t always the case. There are many reasons why someone might struggle to care for their child, and if these issues are starting to have a more negative (and perhaps even dangerous) impact on the child it is not uncommon for them to end up in foster care. This is to help protect the child from further harm, and foster parents can create a positive, loving environment for those children that can help them become more confident, happy young people. This is an amazing thing to do and can be pivotal in changing a child’s life for the better. Learn more about foster care at

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3.   Start a Charity Fundraising Event

Another way you can make a positive difference to your local community and beyond is by starting a charity fundraising event. If there is a cause that you are passionate about, raising awareness about these issues so that others can learn and do something about it is a great way to make the changes you want to see in the world. Raising money so that these organizations can continue to do this work is also a fantastic way to support them and make sure that they can achieve their goals. 

There are other options you can explore if you want to start making the world a better place, even if it’s just changing the lives of those you meet for the better, but these are all good places to start.

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