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A blog by Louise Gallagher

10 Easy ways to make a difference everyday

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It was an easy day to make a difference yesterday. A friend needed picking up at the airport. Another needed their spirits lifted.

And in the process, I realized, one of the easiest ways to make a difference is to make someone laugh or smile. Every day.

Which got me thinking about other ‘easy’ ways to make a difference, every day.

  1. Tell the one’s you love, you love them, everyday — better yet, act/be loving in all ways so they feel your love everyday, in every way.
  2. Share your appreciation for those around you. Tell them,  “What I appreciate most about you today is…” Focus always on their strengths. ie. if it’s your boss, “Boss, what I appreciate most about you today is your fairness/the way you handled that difficult customer/the fact you always smile and acknowledge me when you come into the office.” If it’s your child, “Child, what I appreciate most about you today is your… and then name one thing or aspect of them you cherish – [hugs/ willingness to clean up their room/ positive attitude when helping with chores/ laughter…] Do this everyday with those closest to you and feel/live/breathe the shift in energy.
  3. Smile at strangers.
  4. Pick up garbage on the street. Don’t litter.
  5. Touch people when you talk to them — a gentle touch on the arm, sleeve, hand creates a powerful connection.
  6. Let a driver in (even when you don’t want to or you’re late and every car length counts…!)
  7. Give a stranger a compliment.
  8. Tip the server at Tim Horton’s, Starbucks, where ever you buy coffee and give them a compliment on their service.
  9. Drive the speed limit.
  10. Take a walk in the fresh air.

Ten easy things that we can all do to make a difference everyday!

Do you have some to add to the list? I’d love to hear your ideas too.

Author: Louise Gallagher

I believe in wonder. I believe we are all magnificent beings of divine beauty. I believe we can make a difference in this world, through every act, word, thought. I believe we create ripples with everything we do and say and want to inspire everyone to use their ripple to create a better world for everyone. I'm grateful you're here.

14 thoughts on “10 Easy ways to make a difference everyday

  1. Such a great, user-friendly, ‘hey, I can do that one!’ list. Thank you Louise.
    Though, I have to say, in my state, number 9 is so unheard of if you try to do it, you wind up making people mad! 🙂

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  2. Tee hee re No. 9 Lisa — I know what you mean. I was going the speed limit the other day (lol — just once mind you :)) and a man was tailgating me so closely I could see the colours of his eyes (ok — a bit of an exaggeration). But he really was close. I decided to breathe, whisper to the Universe, Bless him. Forgive me. and keep driving the speed limit.

    For me, not speeding releases the anxiety of getting caught speeding. I hate tickets — and when I’m not speeding I’m not watching out for police which means I’m paying attention to what I’m doing – driving! And, it also helps me stay conscious of doing the little things with integrity — because, ultimately, how we do one thing is how we do all things — and I want to do all things with integrity.

    I appreciate your dropping in and commenting Lisa — and making me smile. Have a wonderful day.

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  3. All wonderful ideas. Except for 9. In Texas, anyway.

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  4. Our Home Ec. teacher always told us to leave a place a little better than what we found it.

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  5. very beautiful and sensible suggestions louise. i so agree with every thing you have said here.

    life becomes lot more beautiful if we spread our warmth around us.

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  6. These are all great ideas – except, possibly, #5. Some people are not very comfortable being touched by people with whom they are not intimate. If you do touch someone, say, on the arm, and they move away, and you continue to touch them, it has now gone from being a warm and friendly gesture to an aggressive power-move. Just be mindful.

    One thing I *try* to do is look my servers, checkers, etc., directly in the eye and say thank you, rather than just mumbling it as I grab my receipt and rush out the door. I wish I could say I always did this, but… always endeavoring to do better.

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    • that is a very good point Beverly — to not touch overly if the person withdraws. 🙂

      and a good note — to look servers in the eye, smile, be connected when saying Thank you!

      Cheers!

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  7. 11. Never judge others. You don’t know their story.

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