If the internet has taught us anything, it is that we are all connected and the smallest things can have the biggest impact. Often we feel small, a mere person in a sea of millions, but even as a peon in this grand circus of life, we have the power to reach out and make a difference every day. Your actions don’t have to be huge. They can be small, but over time those small things add up and grow and change until they become movements.
Eat With Someone New
There are far too many lonely people in the world to even guess at a percentage. The people that are loneliest aren’t always the ones sitting alone in the cafeteria. Make it a point to move around and eat with all of your friends. Invite friends to join you to keep things interesting. The more you move around, the more fun you’ll have and the more chances you’ll have of helping someone come out of a funk.
Say “Thank You”
You have countless opportunities every day to be polite and say thank you. Look someone in the eyes and mean it when you say it. Thank your teacher, thank the lunch lady, thank the girl handing you a coffee. That thank you might be the only thanks that individual gets all day helping others.
Share Your Wealth
Wealth is relevant, but if you have a few bucks in your pocket and you pass someone obviously in need, why not give your dollar? It is your dollar, so you have every right to skip the guy asking for beer money in favor of the one who just seems brushed under the waves of society in need of a little help.
Gather Loose Change
will be here before we know it and that means it will be time for all those buckets and boots to fill. Keep your change in a bucket of your own to start distributing to as many different causes as you can every time you head out in the next few months.
Teach a Man to Fish
There is an old proverb that states, “Give a man a fish, feed him for a day. Teach a man to fish, feed him for a lifetime.” For students, this translates to group work and peer tutoring. Help a friend by giving her the answers and she’ll still be lost the next day. Help her by tutoring her in the mornings before school and you can make a life-long difference.
Learn a New Name
How many students do you walk by or sit near in class without ever even knowing their name? Names are powerful things and being able to speak to someone by name, especially someone who isn’t on the radar for most others in the school, is profound. Make it a point to learn someone’s name every day. And then use that name to greet the new friend in the hallways or at lunch.