Wonderful ways you can make a difference in 2018

It’s that time of year again when we start to think about what the future holds. After months of anticipation, the festive season will fly by in a flash, and before we know it, we’ll be ushering in a brand new year. If you’re keen to make a difference in 2018 and you’re drawing up your New Year’s resolutions, here are some wonderful ways you could help others in the year ahead.

Donating to charity
Do you ever walk past collection buckets or see adverts and think you must do something to help others? Many of us think about donating to charity, but never actually get around to making a contribution. In the New Year, why not put your money where your mouth is and set up a direct debit from your account to support your favorite organizations? You don’t have to spend a lot of money. Just a few dollars a month could make all the difference. Instead of splashing out on a coffee from the local cafe every morning or ordering lunch at the deli, donate that money to somebody who needs it more. Giving to charity is mutually beneficial. It helps those in need, and it also makes you feel better.

Do you have a bit of spare time on your hands? If you’re looking for more constructive ways to use your time, why not consider volunteering? There are myriad roles out there, so you’re bound to find something that interests you, and the time you commit could make such a difference. You could help out at an animal shelter if you’re a dog lover or organize activities at a care home for the elderly. You could even travel the world taking part in overseas projects. If you’re interested in volunteering, you’ll find more information about organizations, projects and volunteer roles online. Even if you only give an hour a week, this is a brilliant use of your time, and it could really help to lift your spirits as well as benefiting others.

Becoming an egg donor
Do you have friends or family members who have had troubles conceiving? If so, you’ll know how difficult it can be to be faced with the prospect of being unable to have children. Even if you don’t know anyone who has experienced fertility issues, you may still be keen to help others achieve their dream of becoming parents. Perhaps you’re a parent yourself, for example, and you can’t imagine life without your kids. In some cases, women are unable to conceive naturally using their own eggs, and if you become an egg donor, you could help them to become a mom. It’s a decision you shouldn’t take lightly, but if you want to help others and you’re in the privileged position of having healthy eggs, this is a move you may wish to consider. Meet with fertility experts, learn more about the process and then make a decision. Your actions could change somebody else’s life forever.

Reaching out
Do you ever sit at home and wonder about the people around you? Have you spotted a neighbor you think may be lonely or do you have elderly neighbors who never seem to go out? Community spirit can be sadly lacking in the modern age, but that doesn’t mean that you can’t switch things up. Try and reach out to those around you and let them know that you’re there if they need help or they’d simply like to chat now and again. Knock on the door or post a card through the mailbox. You don’t have to start offering to mow lawns or wash cars, but a little neighborly spirit won’t go amiss.

Do you enjoy spending time with children? Are you eager to inspire future generations? Could you help to give young people more confidence? If you’ve got a bit of spare time, you could consider taking on a mentoring role. Mentors aren’t necessarily qualified to teach, but they play a really important role in supporting and encouraging children and giving them the confidence to aim high and be ambitious. Young people don’t always enjoy the best start to life, and they often suffer a crisis of confidence, which makes them feel like they can’t achieve their goals. With the help of educators and mentors, they can learn to change this mindset and start taking steps towards a brighter future.  

Spending more time with loved ones
Many of us are busy, but that shouldn’t stand in the way of spending time with our loved ones. Time isn’t something we should take for granted and you don’t want to regret not finding time to see those closest to you. Even if you don’t have time to physically see your mom or dad or visit your sister, you can make time to send a message or give them a call. That phone call could be just the tonic they need after a bad day or that email could bring a smile to their face that stays in place for hours. Interaction is so important for mental health, so don’t be a stranger. If you’re guilty of not spending enough time with friends and family, make it your mission to get some dates in the diary. You’ll never regret spending too much time with the people you love.

New Year is fast approaching, and many of us will be thinking about how we change our lives for the better in 2018. If you’re keen to think outside of the box this year and avoid cliches like eating more vegetables and going to bed earlier, why not think about how you could have a positive impact on others? There are so many things you could do that would benefit others at the same time as lifting your spirits. You don’t have to have loads of money or spare time to make a difference. Hopefully, this guide has inspired you and given you some food for thought. Of course, it’s great to eat your greens, but imagine how brilliant you’ll feel if you can bring smiles to people’s faces. 

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