Humans

 

  1. Smile and be friendly. Sometimes a simple little thing like this can put a smile and warm feeling in someone else’s heart, and make their day a little better. They might then do the same for others.
  2. Call a charity to volunteer. You don’t have to go to a soup kitchen today. Just look up the number, make the call, and make an appointment to volunteer sometime in the next month. It can be whatever charity you like. Volunteering is one of the most amazing things you can do.
  3. Donate something you don’t use. Or a whole box of somethings. Drop them off at a charity — others can put your clutter to good use.
  4. Take the time to teach someone a skill you know. This could be teaching your grandma to use email, teaching your child to ride a bike, teaching your co-worker a valuable computer skill.
  5. Donate food. Clean out your cupboard of canned goods, or buy a couple bags of groceries, and donate them to a homeless shelter.
  6. Shop carefully. Businesses are some of the most important and influential organizations in the world today. They are involved with, or in some way influence, almost any issue you can think of and can sometimes be even more influential than governments in those issues. Luckily, you have opportunities every day to encourage businesses to do the right thing. Every time you buy something, you are giving your approval for whatever process was involved in its production. The next time you’re in the grocery store, take an extra look at the labels. Take a close look at your options. Ask yourself questions: “Do I want to support this type of business?” “Are the farmers or factory workers that made this treated well?” “Is this product traded fairly?” “Does the sale of this product help support an oppressive political regime?”
  7. Take part in blood donations. Many countries frequently experience record lows of blood stores and desperately need more people to donate. It only takes about half an hour and doesn’t hurt (much!). Visit Red Cross or United Blood Services for more information.
  8. Become an organ donor. You won’t need your organs when you are dead, so why not give them to someone who can use them? Save the lives of up to eight people by placing yourself on the organ donors’ register in your country. Talk about the decision with your family and let them know your wishes.
  9. Speak Up against and Spread the Word about human rights issues such as discrimination, human trafficking and the death penalty. You can find all necessary information through organisations such as Amnesty International and Human Trafficking.org