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How to make a positive change in the world

Starting with yourself!

When you look at yourself and how you relate to the world: you may feel like but a tiny, speck in the overwhelming grand design. There is a slight truth to that. But though we are “small,” that doesn’t mean our existence is insignificant.

We may think that our actions have only a small effect and can only be felt among those in our direct circles but know that our decisions work like ripples that can easily grow into waves.

Remember, we can be the change that we want to see in this world. A ray of light, no matter how small, can brighten a dark room within seconds. So, if you’ve ever felt hopeless, know that you can make a difference.

Here are a few simple ways to make a positive change not only in your life but in the lives of others.  

1. Do random acts of kindness

What goes around comes around. Send out good vibes into the universe and see it come back to you tenfold. However, don’t get us wrong: It’s not about racking up good karmic “brownie” points, but remembering that there’s always an opportunity for you to help someone else.

What you can do: Offer to pay for someone’s groceries, help out your elderly neighbors, send a care package to a loved one, volunteer, participate in community pantries, among many others. Whatever aligns with your skills and interests, there’s always a way to help others. 

2. Take care of yourself

Your physical wellness directly affects how you feel. When you’re sick or feeling down, you may feel frustrated and “incapacitated”—like there’s nothing you can do. But when you’re strong and healthy, it can be easier to clear your mind, bounce back, and radiate confidence no matter how tough life gets.

What you can do: Fortunately, even if you’re not in the best shape, you can do so much to help yourself get better every day. “Train” yourself to be more powerful by eating well, staying active or exercising regularly (going on daily walks will do!), and resting when needed. If you boost your immune system and strengthen your body, you will find yourself a better position to do great things!           

3. Be kind to yourself

Nurture and protect your mental, emotional, and spiritual wellbeing. The news and social media can sometimes feel overwhelming. When you feel that the negativity is starting to get the best of you, pray or meditate. Don’t let the mistakes of the past and our current circumstances stop you from doing good today and ensuring a better future for the next generation.

What you can do: Make time for one act of self-care each day. It can involve rest, recreation, and respite—a massage, a really good book, or a nap. But it can also be making doctor appointments, taking your meds, budgeting your weekly allowance, or cleaning your space.

4. Plan your Future

Much of our stress and other negative feelings are rooted in fear of the uncertainty and not being prepared for financial emergencies. While there are many things out of your control, there are steps you can take today to secure your and your loved one’s financial future.

What you can do: Talk to your Manulife Financial Advisor and explore ways to further secure the life you’re building for you and your family. Knowing that the people you care for will be taken cared of whatever happens to you is a great burden lifted.

4. Model the world you want

You don’t like the situation you’re in now? What do you want to change? Envision the life you want and the world you want to live in, and if there’s any part where you can make a difference, do it and become that positive change you seek.

What you can do: Recycle, take part in organizations that help your community, start a community garden, initiate clean up drives, start a youth program, and the like. Your set of skills and talents will be greatly appreciated and welcomed. You’ll be surprised how your actions can affect and inspire good in others!

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