How to Make a Positive Difference in the World

Have you ever thought about how you would like to be remembered by loved ones, friends, and the people whose lives you have touched? If you think leaving a lasting legacy in this world requires fame and fortune, think again! While prestige and money can have a positive influence in creating a better world, there are simpler ways to make a lasting legacy even without the material wealth and celebrity status to back you up. Here are some of the things you can do to make a positive difference to the people around you.

Be mindful of others. Paying attention, especially to the people around you, is one of the simplest ways to leave a legacy. It helps you notice others more. Observe the people you see around you. Chances are many of them are familiar fixtures of your everyday life. Take the time to acknowledge them. Give a warm smile to the janitor you see at the lobby of your office building every day, help an elderly cross the road, chat with the sales person at the local store you frequent. People remember those who exhibit warmth and kindness even to strangers.


Take the time to connect. Every interaction is an opportunity to connect and create positive memories. Be fully present in conversations with others, especially with those who you may not be able to have the chance to meet again or as often as you would like. Making it a habit to listen to what others have to say, remember things about them, and acknowledge their achievements can leave a positive impression and impact to their day.

Be a positive role model. Nothing draws people like authenticity and positivity. If you want to influence others in a positive way, you have to be a role model of positivity. You cannot force people to like you, but they will gravitate to those who can inspire, lead, and make a difference in their lives.

Give back or pay it forward. Generosity is not measured by wealth and material things alone. Be generous with your time, abilities, and whatever you have to share with others. You can do volunteer work or find ways to help others without expecting anything in return. People remember acts of kindness, especially those given when they needed it most.

Be an advocate for change. What makes your heart bleed? The answer to that may vary from person to person. Child abuse, war, hunger, environment degradation, human rights violations, and many more are just some of the world problems that require immediate and lasting solutions. Choose an advocacy closest to your heart and support it in whatever way you can.