2012 New Years Resolution: Change Yourself, to Change the World

How to become a better person for 2012

If you are anything like the Me that I once knew, you see awesome programs and ideas for changing the world all the time, but pass them up because you don’t think you have enough time, or it seems like a lot of work. What I realized in 2011 is that helping is easy, peasy, lemon squeezy, you just need someone to push you off your procrastination pedestal.

Here’s my step-by-step guide to changing your life, so you can change the world.

Step 1: Find your passion. Any trade or skill can be put to use to help someone in need. Construction? Find a project that has been stunted because they are lacking a construction manager. Knitting? Find a program where you can knit hats for children going through chemotherapy. Love being outdoors? Find a ‘Walk for the Cure’ for a disease that has affected your life. If you don’t want to walk or run, they are always looking for volunteers to help with events.

Step 2:  Find a program or company that will allow you to put your skills to use. My favorite placement company is Dosomething.org. Just type in what your “thing” is, and they will connect you with various volunteer programs in your community. Another brilliant idea… GOOGLE! Type in, “Volunteer with (Insert skill here).” Bada-bing, bada-boom, helping.

Step 3: Get Up. No one can make you change if you don’t want to. If you see something that you can relate to, want to know more about, or you want to help with, then JUMP ON IT! Take the first step by contacting the person in charge of the event or program, and get on the mailing list! They will tell you how you can get involved.

Step 4: Experience Euphoria. There is no better feeling in the world than giving your time away to someone who is in need. When you get the opportunity to see change occur after you have given your time and effort, you will receive the greatest reward. In the psychology world, this is known as the “Do Good, Feel Good Phenomenon.” (Check it out, please!)

By changing the lives of others, you will actually be changing yours as well. According to The Happiness Project, a book about the “Do Good, Feel Good Phenomenon,”

“When it comes to happiness, it’s very important to remember to ACT AS YOU WANT TO FEEL. People believe they act because of the way they feel, but in fact, we very often feel because of the way we act.

So to change your emotions, change your actions. If you want to feel like a caring person, act in a caring way. If you want to have more loving feelings toward someone, perform loving actions for that person’s benefit. Doing good makes you feel good.”

Note: It is important to take a step-by-step approach to the transformation from being selfish to self-less. TAKE that first step, each step gets easier after you have gotten your hiney off the procrastination station. Soon you will be thinking of the rest of the world before any thoughts about yourself even arise.

“How lovely to think that no one need wait a moment; we can start now, start slowly changing the world! How lovely that everyone, great and small, can make a contribution toward introducing justice straight away.” -Anne Frank


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5 thoughts on “2012 New Years Resolution: Change Yourself, to Change the World

  1. “By changing the lives of others, you will actually be changing yours as well.” I love this line. In another words, when you help others you’re also actually helping yourself.

    Keep up the good work, Laura! Cheers! 🙂

  2. Thanks for the comment, Adrian! This is one of the phrases that guide my everyday life. I very much agree that living your life for others is the most self-fulfilling activity.

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