13 People Share Everyday Ways You Can Make The World A Better Place

What will you do today?

We've said it before and we'll say it again — changing the world doesn't necessarily require any one big grand gesture. There are countless ways to make a difference through seemingly small acts, such as simply making your friend smile, showing kindness to a stranger, or positively impacting your community by picking up trash. 

To find out what other people do to make big difference in small ways, Reddit user Dont_Forget-To_Floss asked the online community, "What is a small everyday thing we can do to make this world a better place?"

Hundreds of comments were posted to the thread. One person, for example, reiterated an idea you've probably heard: treat people how you want to be treated. Another person suggested showing appreciation for others. "When someone does something for me, even if it's as small as my friend giving me a bit of advice on a problem, I go out of my way to acknowledge it and tell them I appreciate it," they wrote.  

So if you're looking for a way to make the world a better place today, check out some of our favorite suggestions below. 


1. Pick up after yourself.

2. Be kind to everyone you meet.

3. Be patient.

4. Offer compliments.

5. Give people your attention.

6. Put a smile on someone's face.

7. Make less waste.

8. Be aware of those around you.

9. Take care of yourself.

10. Be nice to your neighbors.

11. Thank your parents.

12. Cheer people on.

13. Put your phone down.


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