We asked our regular contributors through e-mail What’s a little thing you do to make the world a better place? We got many interesting responses. Here are some of them. We have just copied and pasted their responses, not editing them in any way.
1. I leave spare quarters in gumball machines. I like to think it makes somebody happy every once in a while.
2. Wait for people that get left behind. No bro left behind.
3. I pick up a few pieces of trash each time I walk my dog. It’s a very tiny thing but I like to think it adds up!
4. When someone gets cut off repeatedly in conversation I make an effort to make eye contact with them and say “Go ahead… I’m listening…” or something along those lines.
5. Compliment people. I saw on here that men don’t get many compliments so I try to do it in as un-flirty a way as possible so it doesn’t get awkward – simple stuff like “Cool shirt”.
6. Recognize and thank a person for their help/efforts, no matter how small a task may seem.
7. When I remove an item from a grocery store shelf, I move the same item forward to replace it. Especially top-shelf items.
8. Use manners. Sounds inconsequential but after working hospitality/retail the amount of people that don’t use them is terrible.
9. Move turtles out of the road 🙂
10. Take care of my things. We didn’t have much while growing up and my mother always believed in quality. She would buy things she knew we would use a lot. I have the same pencil case from 6th grade, I’m in grad school now. I have linen bedsheets, water bottles, fountain pens, mugs, and even some clothes that I’ve used for over 10 years. This helps me consume less, in turn creating less waste. I feel like we should strive to reduce, before reusing and recycling.