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10 Small Things You Can Do to Make a Positive Impact in 2020

Date : 16 January 2020

Making a positive impact doesn’t have to be a grand gesture. There are plenty of small things you can start doing today to make a big difference in the lives of others! Read on if you’re hoping to have a positive impact on the world in 2020 and beyond.

1. Reduce your plastic use

What better time to start leading a more plastic-free lifestyle than at the start of a brand-new year! Three super simple changes to make for the betterment of the environment include shopping with reusable shopping bags, switching to reusable water bottles, and saying no to plastic straws. Here are four more great ideas for going plastic-free.

2. Plant a tree

Planting a tree today is an easy way to guarantee a better tomorrow. Trees present so many benefits. They help fight climate change, clean the air, prevent soil erosion, and provide shelter for wildlife. A single planted tree can also live for hundreds of years, ensuring a positive impact for centuries to come!

3. Give a compliment

Admire someone’s strength? Think they’re inspiring? Go on and let them know. Sharing a thoughtful compliment might only take a few seconds of your time, but it has the power to turn someone’s entire day around. Compliments are easy and free – and studies show that they even have the same positive effect as receiving cash.

4. Share a smile

As someone wise once said, “A smile is the shortest distance between two people.” We might not always know the right things to say or do in a situation, but a warm smile is a universal language of kindness that everyone can understand. So if you can make someone smile today, do it. The world needs more of that.

5. Volunteer at a charity

It isn’t always possible to make a monetary donation, but we can always give freely of our time. This year, why not select a local charity that is close to your heart and volunteer to help them out for an hour or so each month. Most charities can always do with an extra pair of helping hands, and paying it forward is truly one of the best ways to make a positive impact in your community.

6. Clean up a public space

South Africa is home to many beautiful beaches and botanical gardens. Unfortunately, these public spaces are often strewn with litter, which can make them quite unpleasant to visit. Next time you’re headed out to a public space, why not conduct your own small ‘clean-up’? Simply take a glove and refuse bag, and collect any litter along your path.

7. Write a positive review

While it is fair to give constructive criticism when something isn’t as expected, it’s also important to give recognition where it is due. This year, consider helping local businesses or hardworking entrepreneurs by giving them a positive review online or spreading the word about their great service and workmanship.

8. Donate discarded belongings

Making a positive impact is as easy as donating any clothes or toys that you no longer have use for. Another great way to give back this year is to donate new or used supplies to a local school in need – items such as reading books, old textbooks, stationery, or school bags.

9. Donate blood

Donating blood is without a doubt one of the greatest ways to make a positive impact in 2020. After all, one unit of your blood can save a minimum of three lives! Unfortunately, less than 1% of South Africans are active blood donors. Make a life-changing difference by visiting your nearest SANBS blood donation centre today.

10. Surprise someone special

Because everyone loves a good surprise. Whether you bake a cake for a colleague or write a thank you note to a friend, do something unexpected for the next person – just because. Every kind act, no matter how small, can have a positive impact!